Thursday, November 19, 2009

Call for Papers: Women's and Gender Studies Conference, Stony Brook Manhattan (Submissions Due 12/15)

Dear Graduate Students,

The Stony Brook Women's and Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce its Third Annual Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Conference, to be held on Saturday March 13th, 2010 at the Stony Brook Manhattan Campus. This conference aims to facilitate academic dialogue between disciplines, and to open a space for us to share and exchange feedback on on a wide range of student work. After two successful conferences in previous years, we are excited to invite graduate students from a variety of disciplines and theoretical positions to submit original papers so that we may again engage each other in invigorating discussion.

Attached please find our Call for Papers that includes a description of the conference topic and submission information. The deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2009.

Please feel free to direct any questions or comments to
Your conference organizers,
Dean Albritton, Kristin Hole, Briana Martino, Betsy Shapiro

Women's and Gender Studies
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY


The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Stony Brook University Announces its 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Stony Brook University’s Manhattan Campus

Please email your 250-word abstract by December 15, 2009 to:

Life is shaped by cycles. From patterns of migration and biological processes to the recycling of ideas and objects in mass culture, forms of re-circulation define our experiences. Cycles explores reiterations of gender categories, social movements, as well as what it might mean to have a temporality opposed to a teleological notion of history. This conference provides a critical space to map the terrain of the cycle by approaching it from various theoretical, analytic, and disciplinary positions of feminism. How might this process inform science, visual culture, music, and literature? Furthermore, can cycles as repetitions help us to negotiate the past by working through the traumas and mistakes of history? Or are we destined to repeat the past without the possibility of meaningful change?

This conference aims to generate an interdisciplinary and critical discussion about how gender and sexuality relate to the concept of the cycle. Papers are invited from all disciplines and theoretical positions. Some suggested topics include but are not limited to:

๏ Feminist and/or queer temporalities
๏ Trauma, repetition, and death
๏ Social movements and political change
๏ Technologies of reproduction
๏ Theorizing menstruation in literature and film
๏ Visual or textual strategies of repetition as an aesthetic or cultural politics
๏ The bicycle as an instrument of women’s liberation
๏ Migrations and geo-spatial movements
๏ Cycles of narrative: series, adaptations, remakes

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