IGSA@ND19 International Girls Studies Association Gender Studies Conference

Location: McKenna Hall

IGSA@ND19 International Girls Studies Association Gender Studies Conference


The University of Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program is happy to announce its hosting of the second meeting of the International Girls Studies Association, to be held in conjunction with our program’s fifth biennial international conference.

IGSA @ ND 2019 Program

IGSA @ ND Poster


University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

28 February - 2 March, 2019

Girls Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields, encompassing scholars from a vast array of disciplines engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to bring together scholars and creative practitioners from across the world to explore contemporary and historical experiences and constructions of girlhood and girls’ culture, as well as recent developments within the field.


The Host Committee is very pleased to announce that Profs. Ruth Nicole Brown and Lynne Vallone will be our keynote speakers. For more info about their work, please visit:

Professor Ruth Nicole Brown
Professor Lynne Vallone
Professor Lynne Vallone Blog Post



Registration for the conference is now open.

The registration fee includes Thursday 2/28 evening reception, Friday 3/1 lunch and dinner, Saturday 3/2 lunch, and all refreshments and meeting materials during the conference.

$160 Regular Faculty
$90 Student, Contingent Faculty, Independent Scholar, Activist, or Artist  

Registration is free for Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff.

Early registration rates will be available until January 8, 2019. After that date, registration rates will increase by $30.

Conference Location

The conference will take place at the University of Notre Dame's McKenna Hall.

McKenna Hall is located on Notre Dame Avenue, directly east and across the street from the Morris Inn. See the map below.

Gender neutral bathrooms will be available at the hotel conference center.



Conference attendees have several options for lodging:

1) A block of rooms at Notre Dame’s Morris Inn has been reserved for conference attendees for the nights of 27 Feb-Mar 2.  This AAA 4-Diamond hotel is a mere 2-minute walk across or under the street from McKenna Hall, the conference location.  The Morris Inn offers specially appointed guestrooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Morris Inn is a smoke-free facility.  Complimentary wireless high speed internet service is available to hotel guests.  The hotel houses an upscale restaurant (Sorin's), a casual brewpub (Rohrs), and an outdoor fireside terrace.  

The conference rate for rooms at the Morris Inn is $179 per night.

The Morris Inn reservation line is 574-631-2000, or toll free at 800-280-7256.  You may also email requests for reservations to MIemail@nd.edu.  When calling or emailing the Morris Inn, please indicate that you are with the Gender Studies/International Girls Studies Association conference.


2) A block of rooms is also available for conference attendees at Fairfield Inn & Suites for the nights of 27 Feb-2 Mar.  Fairfield Inn & Suites immediately south of the Notre Dame campus on Angela Boulevard, near the Eddy Street Commons shopping and restaurant area.  Reservations must be booked by 29 Jan 2019.

The conference rate for rooms at Fairfield Inn & Suites is between $126-$136 per night depending on room.


3) Several additional hotels are within walking distance of the Notre Dame campus, including Embassy Suites, the Ivy Court Inn, The Inn at St. Mary’s, and the Hilton Garden Inn.  Many other hotels are located within a few miles of the University, from 3-4-star options downtown, like Aloft, Courtyard Inn by Marriott, and DoubleTree by Hilton, to budget hotels, such as Days Inn, Comfort Suites, and Holiday Inn Express. We have not reserved rooms at these hotels as attendees will likely find cheaper rates online.

IGSA @ ND 2019 Visitor's Guide

Travel, Transportation, and Parking

The University of Notre Dame and South Bend area are readily accessible by car, bus, train, and airplane, train.  

The South Bend International Airport (SBIA) is serviced by American, Delta, United, and Allegiant airlines, with connections through Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, and Tampa.  SBIA is 5 miles (8k) east of the University of Notre Dame campus and 3 miles (4.8k) northwest of downtown South Bend.  Greyhound and Hoosier Ride provide bus service to and from SBIA.  Taxi service and rental cars are available at SBIA.   

Chicago’s O’Hare airport is the closest major international hub to South Bend.  Coach USA shuttle serviceBarons Bus line, and the South Shore Rail Line service the Notre Dame/South Bend area from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports.  

Valet parking for conference attendees is available adjacent to the Morris Inn for a fee.  A visitor parking lot is available a short distance away, in the BK1 lot, adjacent to the Hammes Bookstore

More Information

Please direct any questions about the conference and the submission process to: igsaatnd19@gmail.com


Conference Organizers: Barbara Green, Danielle (Dani) Green, Mary Celeste Kearney, Sonja Stojanovic, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame.


Hosted by Notre Dame's Gender Studies Program, with support from the International Girls Studies Association


University of Notre Dame Co-Sponsors:

Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts with

College of Engineering

Department of Africana Studies

Department of American Studies

Department of Anthropology

Department of English

Department of Film, Television, & Theatre

Department of German & Russian

Department of History

Department of Irish Language & Literature

Department of Philosophy

Department of Psychology

Department of Sociology

Graduate School

Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts & Letters

William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families