Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes Subconference at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019

June 2, 2019 – June 4, 2019 all-day
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2329 West Mall
BC V6T 1Z4
Various prices for registration at Congress // Membership in WGSRF required to submit proposal to subconference

Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes Call for Papers

Challenging Conversations

 Congrés des sciences humaines/Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019

June 2-4, 2019*  University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia


Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF) calls for papers that build on the general theme for this year’s Congress meeting: “Circles of Conversation.”  We invite proposals for papers, panels or workshops that consider the possibilities and limits of the kinds of intersectional, transnational and interdisciplinary circles of conversation that characterize the field of women’s, feminist and gender studies.

Please note that membership in the WGSRF is necessary to submit a proposal.  Please obtain or renew your membership before you submit. Membership rates are very reasonable, are priced on a sliding scale, and can be viewed here.

We are interested in proposals that consider the following themes:

Theme 1: “Collaborative Conversations” What kinds of collaborative conversations or projects are fostered or supported by perspectives and methodologies in women’s and gender studies? How do they challenge traditional power structures in decision-making and collaborations inside and outside of the academy? How do feminist theorizing and practice shape how we speak and listen? How does interdisciplinarity affect the ability to generate important conversations? Where does feminist thinking and organizing happen, and what impact do spaces of conversation have on the direction of the field? When and how do collaborations succeed or fail? How have diverse conversations between Francophone and Anglophone communities in women’s and gender studies shaped and changed the field?

Theme 2: “Open Circles” What ways of knowing are activists, practitioners and scholars currently prioritizing in their work and collaborative projects? How are they engaging ways of knowing that highlight the importance of embodiment, affect, and ongoing critiques/experiences of settler colonialism?  How have scholars and activists from fields such as disability studies, critical race studies, queer studies, trans studies and Indigenous studies challenged models of progress, intersectionality and productivity in feminist research and organizing? How does recent work on trauma open up new understandings of healing and living?

Theme 3: “Conversations across Borders” How do conversations simultaneously traverse and contest borders? What are the important issues being highlighted by transnational feminist practitioners, scholars and activists? How do the global expansion of neoliberalism, privatization, and digital technologies open up new spaces and new needs for transnational alliances? Which voices are heard and on what basis within these conversations? How are alliances built and communities connected in circular rather than top down ways?  How is women’s and gender studies engaging with interdisciplinary interest in history and archiving?

Theme 4:  Open Call:  We also welcome proposals outside of the above themes that explore topics in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies in all of its articulations.

Panel sessions and workshops are 90 minutes in length, and papers are expected to be 15 minutes in length.

Please submit a proposal in French or English including: 1. a panel, workshop, roundtable or paper title, 2. a paper abstract of 250 words or less, 3. Name, contact information and affiliation (such as institutional, community, independent). We highly encourage panel, workshop or roundtable proposals and for panel, workshop or roundtable proposals please include a brief general abstract as well as individual paper abstracts.  Proposals will be anonymized before review.  Authors will be informed in early February 2019 once a decision has been made about their proposal.

Deadline for submission: January 3rd, 2019.  Please send proposals by email only, in Word format to: wgsrfcongress2019@gmail.com.  Please direct all conference related questions to this email. Thank you!

*The WGSRF conference takes place from June 2-4th, with the annual WGSRF coordinators meeting taking place on June 1st at UBC