Friday, December 18, 2009

New Englad Women's Studies Conference Call for Papers

New England Women's Studies Conference

UMass Dartmouth, April 30th
-May 1st, 2010

Teaching Activism: Women's Studies in the 21
st Century

The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we

have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind

and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries,

to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.

–bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress, 1999, p. 207


This year's New England Women's Studies (NEWSA) conference invites presentations focused

on feminist pedagogy and ideas for teaching women's studies, gender studies, and/or feminist

approaches in the university classroom. Possible topics include:

Student-faculty collaborations inside and outside the classroom

Impact of service learning and internships for Women's Studies students

Value of service learning for the Women's Studies curriculum

Teaching activism

Teaching Praxis through effective blending of feminist theory and practice

Feminist pedagogy online

Women's Studies education as the practice of freedom

Contradictions of feminist pedagogy

Locating "feminism" in pedagogy

Teaching local and global engagement

Feminist teaching and learning methods

Cross-listed courses and assuring connections to WMS curricular goals (what curricular concerns do WMS faculty and programs have about crosslisting courses? Gaining new resources?)


The conference includes an embedded undergraduate student conference that includes a

workshop on feminism and a track for presentations of undergraduate research and experiences

in the discipline of Women's Studies. We invite proposals from undergraduate students; faculty

and undergraduate panels are especially welcome. Possible topics here include:

Lessons learned from service learning and internship experiences

Research projects drawing upon feminist theory

Practicing activism on a college campus

Defining 3rd Wave feminism

Claiming your feminist identity

Why major in Women's and/or Gender Studies?

Experiencing the feminist classroom

Engaging in feminist research

Learning local and global engagement



500-word abstracts due by January 29
th. Panel submissions welcome.

Submit electronically as .RTF, .DOC, or PDF attachment to:

Decisions will be made by February 15th

"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people."

Juli Parker, Ph.D.
Director, Women's Resource Center
Affiliate Faculty, Women's Studies Program
UMass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth, MA  02747
508.910.4584 phone
508.910.6456 fax

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