Breaking Ground and Building Bridges: Communication, Gender, and Social Change in Global Communities
February 14 -15, 2014
Ohio University Baker Student Center
The Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Student Association at Ohio University, in collaboration with the Communication and Development Student Association, are pleased to invite you to take part in our first graduate student conference.The conference will focus on gender and social change in a global context, highlighting the ways that activists and academics are both breaking ground and building bridges across a number of themes.We envision the conference as an opportunity not only to highlight emerging scholarship in the fields of gender, communication, and development, but also as a venue to open avenues of conversation between people working in various disciplines both within and outside of the academy around these issues.We would be pleased to have your participation in our founding conference.
This year's conference will include a keynote speech by Dr. Richa Nagar, Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota.Writing in English, Hindi, and Awadhi as a scholar, creative writer, theatre-worker and grassroots co-organizer, Dr. Nagar has authored more than 100 articles, essays, stories, plays, and poems. Her co-authored books include Sangtin Yatra (Sangtin, 2004), Playing with Fire (University of Minnesota Press and Zubaan, 2006), A World of Difference: Encountering and Contesting Development (Guilford, 2009), and Ek Aur Neemsaar (Rajkamal Prakashan, 2012).She has also co-edited Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (SUNY Press, 2010).
We invite submissions addressing gender, communication, development, and social change in a global context from across disciplines.Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
·Communicating messages of gender and change in a global context
·The interplay between institutional structures and grassroots social change
·Men and masculinities in gender and development
·LGBTQ communities and movements in the global arena
·Gender, sexuality, and human rights in a global context
·Communication and development in the context of gender and sexuality (including media discourses of gender and sexuality)
·Gender, environmental sustainability, and globalization
While we aspire to highlight graduate and undergraduate student scholarship at this conference, we also welcome submissions from faculty, activists, and development practitioners.We welcome proposals in the form of individual presentations, panels, roundtables, art and performances, and workshops.
If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of a maximum of 250 words and a short statement about yourself to OU.WGSP.Conference@gmail.com. Submissions are due by December 1, 2013. If you will need any AV equipment or specific accommodation for your presentation, be sure to mention it in the e-mail.We look forward to your contributions!
Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Student Organization
Communication and Development Student Organization