Call for Papers Deadline Extended - Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies

Author: Linnie Caye

The biannual Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies

With our colleagues in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Saint Mary’s College, the Gender Studies Program hosted the first biannual Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies for students enrolled in Midwestern colleges and universities on April 4-5 2014. This conference offers students a public forum to present their research and discuss the gender component of it in an interdisciplinary, academic setting. Its aim is to support the development of an undergraduate gender studies research community in the Midwest.

We will again host this conference on February 12 and 13, 2016. We are soliciting abstracts from currently enrolled undergraduates; students need not be pursuing a major or minor in women’s and/or gender studies. Papers will be selected by a panel of professors from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s and IUSB. Panels will be chaired by gender and women’s studies faculty from the 3 institutions. It is our expectation that participants will attend the entire two-day conference in order to facilitate an extended, two-day conversation that is focused on gender issues and developed amongst the conference participants, who we anticipate will come from a variety of academic disciplines.

Call For Papers 2016 Conference

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The GeNDer Studies Program is hosting the 2nd biannual Midwest Undergraduate Conference on Gender Studies.

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Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies – call for papers


The University of Notre Dame will host an undergraduate conference for Gender Studies on February 12 & 13, 2016 on Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend, Indiana. The conference will be co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women Studies at Saint Mary's College and the Women's Studies Program at Indiana University South Bend.  We invite submissions focusing on any area of original research-based scholarship in gender studies (including, but not limited to, work in literary criticism, sociology, theology, anthropology, economics, psychology, biology) from colleges and universities in the Midwest. Presentations should take the form of 15-minute presentations (with or without visual support, like PPTs and posters). We welcome scholarship that deals with the significance of gender—and the cognate subjects of sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and nationality—in all areas of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions.

Students will need a faculty mentor from their field of research to offer guidance as the student develops and carries out the research project. Faculty mentors do not need to attend the conference (though they are welcome).

This conference will consist of a series of individual panels of 3-4 papers. A faculty panel will select papers from among the proposals received and constitute the panels.

Lunch (both days) and snacks will be provided. There will be no registration fee for participants selected to present work. It is expected that all participants will attend the entire conference.

Proposals (200 word max) should be submitted on the appropriate submission form to:, subject line “Undergraduate conference abstract submission.”


Submission Form 2016 Conference


Questions can be submitted to: Abigail Palko (

Deadline for submissions: JANUARY 4, 2016 (notification of acceptances to be sent in early January 2016)


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