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Deadline for submissions Friday, February 28, 2014


30th Annual Conference on the
 Advancement of Women

Women's Studies on the Edge

Texas Tech University-- April 17th, 18th & 19th, 2014
TTU Student Union Building

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The Women's Studies Program and the Conference Program Committee at Texas Tech University proudly announces the 30th Annual Conference on The Advancement of Women, which will take place on the campus of Texas Tech University, Friday, April 17, 18 & 19, 2014. Registration information will soon be available online.

We invite 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.

Submission Type

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 proposal are submitted individually and arranged into session by the review committee. In paper sessions, authors present 10-12 minute papers along side two other presenters chosen from other individual submissions by the committee. A question and answer period typically follows after all panelist have presented. A moderator is not provided. (Example: Individual Paper Proposal adobe acrabat)
  • Complete Panel provide an opportunity for examining specific problems or topics from a variety of perspectives given that they include 3-4 participants. Note: full panels must include at least three presenters with complete contact information and affiliation for ALL panel participants. One participant should be prepared to act as moderator of the panel as one will not be provided. (Example: Complete Panel Proposal adobe acrabat)
  • Roundtable presentations are among the most flexible format offered at the conference, and may look quite different from session to session. The one thing that they have in common is that each allows for extended discussion among a small group. Roundtables are excellent venues for giving and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions, and meeting colleagues with similar interests. They allow for extensive discussion and audience participation. Roundtables are 55-minute oral presentations with discussion with attendees seated around a table. Roundtable presentations typically include 15 minutes of presentation, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. One participant should be prepared to act as moderator of the panel as one will not be provided. (Example: Roundtable Proposal adobe acrabat)


  • You must indicate the type of proposal you are submitting. Use the cover page (see below) of your proposal to note the type of proposal you are submitting.
  • All panel proposals must include complete contact information for ALL participants. Incomplete panels with fewer than three participants will not be considered for review.
Topic / Research

We invite proposals highlighting feminist research, in progress or completed. This year, we especially welcome feminist research on the following but not limited to:

* gender and media
* regional feminist issues and concerns
* global feminist campaigns
* intersectionality theory and feminist thought
* feminist leadership challenges and opportunities
* higher education and campus climate
* gender and gender identity
* 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, February 28, 2014

Please send submissions to:
Note: include the words "2014-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). Also, include a brief description (see "summary statement" below) of the proposal that can be used to publicize the session. Keep your word count to 25-30 words in length.

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. individual paper, complete panel, workshop, roundtable)

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.) Summary / Statement (Condensed for Publication): For all proposals, please submit a brief summary of the abstract. This summary/statement will be used in the public program to guide participants to your assigned session. The summary should not differ from your abstract but instead be a condensed version, focusing on the highlights of your presentation staying under 100 words in length, preferably 80-90 word count.

5.) 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) Frameworks: Is the proposal grounded in relevant feminist/womanist theoretical/conceptual/applied frameworks?
(C) Clarity: Is the proposal well-organized, coherent, and clear?

6.) 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.

7.) Email conference submissions, on or before, February 28 to In the subject line include: "2014-Women's Studies Conference Submission" so that your message can be easily identified.

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Conference Program

Guest Speaker Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall

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Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses. Read more...

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Important dates

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  • 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

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

Volunteer Needs

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


questions Please direct questions about submitting proposals or questions of a general nature to: and enter "2013-Women's Studies Conference Submission Question" in the subject line.