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30th Annual Conference on the
 Advancement of Women

Women's Studies on the Edge

Texas Tech University-- April 17th - 19th, 2014
TTU Student Union Building

History

2014 marks the 30th Anniversary that the Women's Studies Program at Texas Tech University has hosted a conference on the advancement of women in higher education. This year's conference titled “Women’s Studies on the Edge” is part of a three-day celebration of 33 years of academic excellence provided by the Women’s Studies Program at Texas Tech University.

The Conference runs April 17-19 in meeting rooms on the upper level of the Student Union Building, including the Matador room where Dr. Guy-Sheftall’s, our keynote speaker, will make her public address at 1p. This conference is a very special occasion to expand regional, national and international research in Women's Studies and related fields of scholarship. Through various keynote speakers and guest scholars our participants have found a place to network and support women faculty, staff, and students and all interested members of the University and surrounding communities.

Since 1984, when the First All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Academia was held, over 40 guest scholars and activist have spoken on this campus as keynote speakers. Guest scholars have included a Chief Nurse and Colonel in the US Army Reserves, Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer, a former Vice-Presidential candidate and an inductee to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, member Winona LaDuke, as well as one of the founding members of the second wave of the women’s movement and current recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, Gloria Steinem.

This conference occurs each spring on the campus of Texas Tech. A local, state and national call for papers is distributed to help promote academic research. Over the years, the theme of the conference has merged with present day discourse of examining the cultural and social construction of gender, exploring the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studying the influences of gender on the lives of women and men.

The special theme this year is Women’s Studies on the Edge, in which we will explore the present and future of women’s studies programs, especially the challenges faced in red states.

  • "The edge is defined as a place of indeterminacy, at once exciting and precarious. Exciting because to be on this edge is to be on the verge of discovering new possibilities for a field that may only seem to be exhausted and new ways to disrupt prevailing arrangements and relationships of power. Precarious because in the quest for an as-yet-unimagined future, there are never any guarantees." - Joan Wallace Scott, Editor, Women's Studies on the Edge, Duke Press, 2008

About the Conference - Program

conference program iconThis three-day conference will kick off with a pre-conference event on Thursday, April 17 and continue on Friday, April 18 with simultaneous panel sessions conducted throughout the day and including the keynote speaker, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Saturday, April 19 will continue the discussion with three Regional Directors of Women's Studies Programs panel and a TTU Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty panel, concluded by a final group workshop.

Our annual conference provides a multitude of educational offerings for professionals at all levels of experience and specialty.

Registration

Who is registering? Early Registration
(Before April 4)
Late Registration
(After April 4)
Student $15 $25
Non-Student $25 $35
Volunteer RSVP FREE FREE
Award Recipient FREE FREE
* Attending Sessions Only
Student & Non-Student
(no breakfast, no lunch)
FREE FREE

register online

Schedule of Events

calendar iconThe conference panel and keynote sessions on Friday, April 18th and Saturday, April 19th, will be held in the Student Union Building (upper level). Room assignments and the conference program will be available online as the final call for proposals are reviewed.

check-in
Note: Check-in at the registration table, located on the upper level of the SUB near the elevators.

twitter iconTo comment and network with others at the conference use the hashtag #TTUWSC14 during the conference events.

Questions

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Please help make the Women's Studies Conference a huge success by serving as a volunteer. Specific tasks, as well as miscellaneous duties, are offered to provide you an experience of a behind the scenes look at organizing and planning a conference of this nature. Read more...

What attendees have said about the conference

  • Just wanted to send my hearty and heartfelt congratulations for an EXCELLENT conference! Wow! It was absolutely light years above any previous conference. I really was impressed.  I also thought the Shelby Knox/Gloria Steinem intergenerational interplay was really effective. I heard quite a few people thinking about intergenerational feminism in a deep way. - Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Ph.D.,Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Texas Tech University (2009)
  • I just wanted to thank you both for the opportunity to present in the conference last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other presenters and academicians while sharing future research ideas. I even had a chance to meet Gloria Steinem, which made my week :) It was a wonderful learning experience for me and a great opportunity for the University. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. - Erin D. Murphy, Graduate Student & Part-time Instructor, Applied and Professional Studies (2009)

Contact

Contact Tricia Earl ( patricia.a.earl@ttu.edu), Women's Studies Coordinator, to volunteer.

gloria steinem reception 2009
2009 Women's Studies Conference

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Location

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FAQ's

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Registration

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Check-in

check mark redAll participants will check-in at the registration table located on the upper level of the SUB near the elevators.

Important dates

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  • Fall/Spring - Conference Prep Workshop
  • February 28 - CFP due
  • March 7 - Presenters Notified
  • April 4- deadline for pre-registration (includes breakfast & lunch ticket)
  • April 5 - April 18 - any late registrations, received after this date as well as on the day of the conference,will not guarantee the continental breakfast and/or luncheon
  • April 2 - Volunteer Training
  • April 3 - Volunteer Training
  • April 17 - Pre-Conference Event TBA
  • April 18-19 - date of conference

TTU Campus Parking

parking icon For visitors without a TTU parking sticker on their vehicle, enter off of University and Broadway for directions from the traffic kiosk to this area.

Visitors unable to find parking in this area will be directed to the closest available parking upon inquiry at the traffic kiosk. Read more...

Accomodations

hotel icon The Program, unless otherwise noted, is unable to offer travel scholarships at this time.

- Information about area chain hotels can be found on this link: http://www.visitlubbock.org/

- Information about visiting the Texas Tech University campus can be found here http://www.visit.ttu.edu/

Volunteer Needs

volunteer icon Please help make the Women's Studies Conference a huge success by serving as a volunteer. Specific tasks, as well as miscellaneous duties, are offered to provide you an experience of a behind the scenes look at organizing and planning a conference of this nature. Read more...

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Conference Registration and Information Table Monitor
  • Program/Panel Session Monitor
  • Technical Equipment Monitor
  • Greeters/Guides
  • Volunteer Training

Questions

questionsPlease direct questions about submitting proposals or questions of a general nature to: womens.studies@ttu.edu and enter "2012-Women's Studies Conference Submission Question" in the subject line.

Press Links

Link to 2011 Conference

Link to 2010 Conference

Link to 2009 Conference

Link to 2008 Conference

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twitter iconTo comment and network with others at the conference use the hashtag #TTUWSC14 during the conference events.