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2012 Call for Papers & Panels - PDF File
Deadline for submissions Friday, March 2, 2012


28th Annual All - University Conference on the
 Advancement of Women in Higher Education

Texas Tech University-- Friday, April 13th, 2012
TTU Student Union Building

The Women's Studies Program and the Conference Program Committee at Texas Tech University proudly announces the 28th Annual All-University Conference on The Advancement of Women in Higher Education, which will take place on the campus of Texas Tech University, Friday, April 13, 2012. Registration information will soon be available online.

We invite paper and panel presentations that explore the manifold meanings of movement and change as connected to, created by, and/or caught up in the presence of women's, gender, and identity issues, in both contemporary and historical frameworks. Interdisciplinary proposals, as well as those from the disciplines and specialty subject areas are welcome. Proposals from professional schools and administrative offices, as well as those from scholarly areas where women have been historically under-represented, including mathematics, the agricultural and natural sciences, and technology and applied sciences, are welcome. We invite students, staff and faculty members in the social and behavioral sciences, the visual and performing arts, the communications fields, and the humanities to present their research.We also issue a special invitation to interested parties from other colleges, universities, and affiliated organizations to present, participate, and/or to attend this conference.

Proposals in the form of research findings, group or single-author projects, and works-in-progress in multiple media are welcome. The following are types of proposals that will be accepted:

  • Individual paper proposals are submitted individually and arranged into session by the review committee. In paper sessions, authors present 10-12 minute papers followed by audience discussion.
  • Panels provide an opportunity for examining specific problems or topics from a variety of perspectives given that they include 3-4 participants.
  • Roundtables typically include a moderator and 4-6 presenters who make brief, informal remarks about a specific idea or project. They allow for extensive discussion and audience participation.
  • Workshops provide an opportunity to exchange information or work on a common problem, project, or shared interest. Workshops are typically experientially oriented, grounded in some sort of women’s and gender studies research agenda, and include brief presentations that allow adequate time for reflective discussion and interaction.

    Undergraduate and Graduate students from an accredited College or University submitting a paper are eligible for a best paper award. These papers must be received in full form on or before March 2, 2012 with an abstract for review.

    We invite papers and panel proposals highlighting feminist research, in progress or completed. This year, we especially welcome feminist research on:

* gender and media
* regional feminist issues and concerns on the South Plains
* the environment (e.g., ecofeminism, indigenista, urban planning, architecture)
* political activism (e.g., government, war/peace)
* embodiment (e.g., ability, genetics, inscribing)
* cultural constructions of gender
* psychology of sex roles
* social constructs of gender relations
* science and technology
* feminist visual culture (art and art criticism)

Deadline for submissions Friday, March 2, 2012

Please send submissions to:
Note: include the words "2012-Women's Studies Conference Submission" in the subject line for easy identification.

* For all proposals, submit a 100-250-word abstract including the proposal title, your name, affiliation and contact information for all author(s).

(Note: A final version of the individual paper submission should be included in addition to the abstract to be considered for Undergraduate and Graduate best paper prize.)

Conference Submission Guidelines

In a single electronic document (use Word or PDF format) include the following information:

1.) Cover Page, include in this order:
(a) The proposal title
(b) Name, affiliation, and contact information (address, phone, and email) for all author(s)
(c) Indicate whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member or other.
(d) Session type (i.e. paper or panel session)

2.) Please submit an application for only one type of presentation. Individuals may appear in only one capacity at the conference.

3.) Abstract: For all proposals, please submit a 100-250-word abstract including the paper/presentation title, author name, affiliation and contact information for all author(s).
What is an abstract? An Abstract is an abbreviated summary of a research article, thesis, review, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a particular subject or discipline, and is often used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper's purpose.

Purpose? Abstracts explain to conference attendees the proposal's topic, foci, and/or goals in a clear and succinct manner in the program. Abtracts may be revised or edited for the printed program.

4.) General Conference Review Procedures
All general conference proposals are reviewed anonymously (without author identification). Guidelines for reviewers are developed by the Proposal Review Committee and include:
(a) Topic: Is the topic/question/issue relevant to the field of women's/gender studies?
(b) Relationship to Sub-Theme: Are the topics/questions/issues discussed in the proposal clearly connected to one of the themes?
(c) Frameworks: Is the proposal grounded in relevant feminist/womanist theoretical/conceptual/applied frameworks?
(d) Clarity: Is the proposal well-organized, coherent, and clear?

5.) If your presentation will require any visual media, please organize your presentation based on the available equipment:

PC Laptop Computer
LCD Projector

*Note: Equipment will be provided for presenters.. Please be aware that in order to properly accommodate for PowerPoint presentations, participants will be required to mail a copy of their presentation saved to a non-returnable CD, using US Postal Service, to the Women's Studies office one week in advance of the conference.

6.) Email conference submissions, on or before, March 2 to In the subject line include: "2012-Women's Studies Conference Submission" so that your message can be easily identified.

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Call for Proposals - PDF File


The Program will announce potential funding for travel scholarships as they come available.  Likewise, any discounts for area hotels will be announced as they become available.

- Information about area chain hotels can be found on this link:

- Information about visiting the Texas Tech University campus can be found here

Volunteer Needs

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


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

Important dates

March 2, 2012 - deadline for submission

March 9, 2012 - accepted proposals notified by email

April 6, 2012 - accepted proposal PowerPoint presentations due by email

April 13, 2012 - date of conference