Call For Papers: Queer, Feminist, and Transgender Studies Research Cluster

Queer, Feminist, and Transgender Studies Research Cluster
2014 Conference
University of California Davis
May 15 and 16, 2014

Call for Submissions
Deadline:  Friday, March 31

Keynote Speakers
Ana Minan Raquel
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Julio Salgado

2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a neoliberal program with intentions to bring modernity to Latin America. 2014 also marks 20 years since the Zapatista indigenous rebellion surfaced to resist draconian neoliberal structural policies that plague the Americas. Coming out of social movement struggles against neoliberal currents, it became clear that the role of gender and sexuality formed an equally essential part in the shaping of both grassroots and state institutions.

This conference will examine sexuality, gender, and feminism in the shifts taking place within the Americas as they affect the circuits of queer migration, the transnationalism of feminist discourses, and the reconceptualization of forms of gendered subjectivity in relation to transcultural exchange within the hemisphere.

Reflecting on the past 20 years, it appears that Latin America is leading the continent when it comes to recognizing gender and sexuality-based rights.  While the US still struggles with federal marriage equality and workplace protections for LGBT people, Brazil has recognized same-sex civil unions for a decade; Argentina granted its citizens, including those underage, access to free coverage for gender reassignment surgery and the right to legally change their gender. Uruguay, Colombia, and Mexico have followed suit.

Discussions about gender and sexuality are at the forefront of hemispheric scholarship.For instance, how does gender and sexuality disrupt monolithic notions of the Americas? Given the advancements of gender and sexual rights based movements throughout the Americas, what are the negotiations of constructing new social policies within an economic and social neoliberal hegemony?

By rethinking “trans” in its relation to the hemisphere, this conference seeks to move away from strictly comparative analyses by examining transmigrations across borders, cultural straddling, as well as problematizing and queering the concept of the Americas itself. How do migrations across the Americas queer national belonging? How does gender, sexuality, and desire shape circuits of labor and pleasure?

Attending to gender and sexuality in the Americas in this way opens new possibilities for inquiry into relations of heteronormativity, homonationalism and imperialism; peculiar socialities in local, national and transnational contexts; disruptions to conventional narratives of a panethnic Latino culture; transgressions and gender negotiations.In particular, we are interested in breaking down borders between U.S. American and Latin American studies, as well as exploring how sexuality and gender work to police borders and citizenship.

Possible topics include:

Trans Politics
Gendered Configurations of Cultural Memory
Encounters and “Des-encuentros”
Rights Discourse and the Pinkwashing of the Americas
Transnational Feminisms
Reproduction and Nationalism
Regulation and Policing of non-normativity
Social Histories of queer sexualities in the Americas
Territories of resistance and eco-feminism
Embodiment of borders
Xenopobia and criminality of immigrants
Politics of Translation
Colonial religion and sexuality
Sexuality and racial formation
Medicine and Sexual difference
Public health policies/ regulation of sex work
Heritage and performance of identity
Rethinking gender in diaspora studies

We welcome submissions in English, Spanish and Portuguese.  If you are interested in presenting, sharing or discussing, please send an email to: (subject line: Trans Americas CFP) by Friday, March 31  and indicate whether you would like to:

1.  Present a paper (if so, please provide a title and brief abstract in the email body (250 words max))

2.  Organize a panel (if so, please provide the panel title and a panel abstract with paper titles in the email body (400 words max))

2.  Share work-in-progress as part of a roundtable workshop (if so, please summarize your line of inquiry or research interests in the email body  (250 words max))

3.  Present a performance (if so, please include a title, brief description of performance, and website if applicable in the email body)

Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop

book-and-mouseJune 16-22, 2014 is the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (#FSDW14 on Twitter), which can be found through HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, FSDW14 is an online, interdisciplinary, participant-driven workshop for scholars/individuals working on or interested in feminist-oriented research projects. The goal of this workshop is to create an online space where participants can share and exchange ideas/scholarship/ project plans.

Any participant who works within the areas of feminist research are invited to join this discussion, including, but not limited to:

  • Gender studies
  • Queer theory
  • Cyberfeminism
  • Critical Gender/Race Studies
  • Feminist Historiography

There may also be opportunities to serve as small group leaders for interested participants.

This event is free! And it is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest, project, thesis, or dissertation working with feminist rhetorics. If you’re interested, please sign up here by Monday, May 5:


Pennsylvania Hospital History of Women’s Health Conference 2014

pages-flipThe Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its Ninth annual
History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  The
History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on areas of women’s health
from the 18th century to the present.  Robert Aronowitz, MD, chair of the
Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of
Pennsylvania, will be our keynote speaker, presenting a history of breast
cancer from his book Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society
(Cambridge University Press, 2007).  He is also the author of the book
Making Sense of Illness: Science, Society, and Disease and numerous

The History of Women’s Health Conference began in 2006 as part of the
Pennsylvania Hospital’s celebration of co-founder Benjamin Franklin’s
tercentenary.  Each year since, scholars from the humanities and health
care professionals gather to discuss the past, present, and future state
of women’s health.  The conference is jointly sponsored by the Obstetrics
and Gynecology Department and the Pennsylvania Hospital Historic

We will again offer a lunch buffet for $10.  Lunch will take place in the
historic Pine Building.  Please send a check payable to the Pennsylvania
Hospital Historic Collections to: Pennsylvania Hospital Historic
Collections c/o Stacey Peeples, 3 Pine East Rm. 2, 800 Spruce St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Please RSVP by March 30, 2014 to Stacey C Peeples, Curator-Lead Archivist,
Pennsylvania Hospital:
When registering, please indicate if you would like to purchase the $10
lunch. Vegetarian option will be available.
Please call (215-829-5434) or e-mail with any questions or for more


2014 History of Women’s Health Conference Program:
Zubrow Auditorium, 800 Spruce St., Philadelphia

Keynote: 7:30-8:30am
Robert Aronowitz, M.D., Professor & Chair, History and Sociology of Science,
University of Pennsylvania
“Do not delay”: early detection campaigns before mammography

Session One: 9am-9:50am
Karol K. Weaver, Associate Professor of History/Women’s Studies,
Susquehanna University
“That Awful Business”: Female Death Workers in Nineteenth-Century

Carol-Ann Farkas, PhD, Associate Professor of English
MCPHS University
Constructing the “Lady Doctor”: Femininity and Female Professionalization
in the Popular Press of the Late Nineteenth-Century

Session Two: 10am-11am
Gina M. Greene, Ph.D. , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society
University of Pennsylvania
Architecture in Utero: From Maternity Ward to Maternal Environment at the
Prentice Women’s Hospital (1975-1985)

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
and History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“The Maternal Body in U.S. History:  Discipline, Fragmentation, and the
Potential for Empowerment”

Susan E. Klepp, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of History, Temple University
“The Pregnant Revolution: Women and Fertility in the New Nation”

Session Three: 11:10am-12pm
Carrie Adkins, Ph.D., Instructor, University of Oregon
This Is Catharine Macfarlane’s Life: Gender and Power in Twentieth-Century
American Medicine

Mary M. Mahoney, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Connecticut
“Taking a Literary Pulse: Ruth Tews and the Mystery of Bibliotherapy.”

***LUNCH*** 12:10-1:15pm

Session Four: 1:20-2:10pm
Kelly O’Reilly, Ph.D.  Student in History, Vanderbilt University
“Doctor-less” Birth Control: Bringing Birth Control to California’s
Migrant Workers, 1939-1942

Jennifer Fraser, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto
“From Nuns to Natives”: The Postcolonial History of the Cytopipette,”


Pennsylvania Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing
education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by
the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on accreditation.

There is no conflict of interest on the part of any presenter. There is no
commercial support for this educational offering.  4.5 Nursing contact
hours will be awarded to nurses attending this program in its entirety and
submitting an evaluation for the program.

Call For Papers: Managing the Scene: Women in the Film Industry

book-stack-and-ereaderManaging the Scene: Women in the Film Industry
An area of multiple panels for the 2014 Film & History Conference:
Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
October 29-November 2, 2014
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA)
DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2014

Area: Managing the Scene: Women in the Film Industry

Has there been a “golden age” for women working behind the camera—as writers or directors, for example, or as producers, editors, choreographers, costume designers, or set decorators? Women represented only 18% of the primary film management of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2012, and directed only 4% of the fiction films slated for release in 2014. Just four women have been nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director of a fiction film, and only one (Kathryn Bigelow in 2009) took home the trophy. Is the golden age of women as principal film managers gone, in a flicker? Or it is upon us? What traits characterize a film “managed”—directed, produced, edited, written, choreographed, or even critiqued—by a woman? And why might those traits be golden?

This area invites abstracts that trace—or perhaps anticipate—the histories of women operating behind the cameras, as directors, producers, assistants, scholars, and critics. Proposals might address topics such as

•         career paths and strategies adopted by women in the film industry
•         critical histories and controversies explored by feminist film scholarship
•         the participation of women in national cinemas
•         women filmmakers’ roles in shaping the “women’s film” and other genres aimed at female audiences (family melodrama, romantic comedy)
•         women’s involvement in traditionally male-oriented film genres, from the action film to science fiction
•         creative innovation in feminist documentary, animation, and new media
•         gendered venues such as Women Make Movies and Lifetime Network
•         women as active audience members, fans, and remixers

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2014 to the area co-chairs:

Debra White-Stanley
Keene State College

Karen A. Ritzenhoff
Central Connecticut State University

Call For Papers: Tracing the Heroic Through Gender

book-stack-and-ereaderIn most societies the heroic is in many ways gendered. When considering the heroic, attributes of masculinity might first come to mind. Yet, from a historical perspective it becomes apparent that heroizations often also have feminine connotations. The social and cultural production of the heroic cannot be analyzed exclusively in terms of masculinity (and masculinity-studies), nor can we regard women or femininity simply as exceptions in this field. Rather, the relational character of the category gender needs to be taken seriously.

The fundamental relationality, the ‘constructedness’, and the historicity of gender are among the core assumptions in gender studies today. Based on this and by interdisciplinary cooperation the conference will examine forms, mediums and processes of heroization as well as discourses of heroic transgression, exceptionality or veneration for certain periods in time.

In order to give adequate consideration to the complexities of the historical entanglement between gender and heroization, we would like to use gender as an analytical tool in a new way. Speaking metaphorically, one might understand gender as a ‘tracer’ that ‘leads’ us, which way we may uncover new aspects of heroic ideas and concepts. In today’s natural sciences, a tracer is a substance that helps with the exploration of certain organisms or environments. In experiments, the tracer passes through these environments and reacts to each of them in a different way. Hence, the tracer itself is not the object of study; rather a third element distinguishable from the tracer is explored. Therefore we propose to use gender systematically to ‘trace’ various historical ‘environments’ of the heroic. We are interested in gender relations, men and women as heroes or heroines and their (intersectionally differentiated) construction. Primarily, however, we are interested in

(a) the heroic itself,
(b) the  historical contexts which shape the heroic,
(c) its medial and performative manifestations and
(d) its spatiotemporal trends and transformations.

We welcome scholars from all fields of the humanities and social sciences. The conference focusses on areas of European culture at three different points in time –1650, 1750 and 1850 – which are to be discussed from the viewpoints of different disciplines. Proposals including an abstract of max. 2000 characters and a one-page CV should be submitted by March 28, 2014 to The conference will be held in English. A collection of essays based on selected presentations from the conference is to be published.

An extended version of the call for papers with further conceptual research questions can be found at:

Call For Applications: Women’s International Study Center Residency

pages-flipWISC is seeking applicants for residential fellowships at Acequia madre House. These fellowships are intended as professional development opportunities for women and men who wish to pursue work in the four areas of WISC focus: women in the arts, sciences, cultural preservation and business. Fellows will live on-site alongside one another and may find their interactions contribute to their understandings of these linked fields. There is a $1000 stipend to off set the cost of living while in residence.

Applications are welcome from individuals needing a place to work on a publication or creative work, scholars with research interests in a local archive or collection, project developers seeking a space to develop a program or proposal, or others whose work relates to advancing scholarship and awareness of the achievements of women in one of the four areas of central concern to WISC.

Visit the website at

Iowa Women’s Archives Travel Grant

library imageThe Iowa Women’s Archives (University of Iowa Libraries) announces a grant
of $1000 to fund travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to conduct research in the Iowa
Women’s Archives.  The collections of the Iowa Women’s Archives are global
in scope and include rich sources on the history of the women’s movement,
political activism, African Americans, rural women, and Latinas, especially
in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Proposals must be
postmarked by April 15, 2014.

Additional information can be found on the Iowa Women’s Archives

Anna Flaming (PhD, History, University of Iowa, 2013) for the Iowa Women’s

Call For Papers: Gender, History and Society

We would like to invite proposals for the conference ‘Gender, History and Society’ to be held at the University of Winchester on 4-5 September 2014. This conference aims to draw together scholars and postgraduate students from different disciplines who share a common interest in the study of gender to explore the impact and interaction of gender with both history and society. This includes, but is not limited to, history, religious studies, theology, psychology, sociology, literature studies, archaeology and the Arts. We are also willing to accommodate both paper and poster formats for presenting your research and would also consider alternative forms of presentation. We would also be keen to hear from students and academics who were willing to participate in a roundtable session on pedagogy-please contact us if you are interested in taking part.

Please send a proposal of approximately 250 words for a paper or poster and approximately 500 words for a complete 3-paper panel to by 1 May 2014.

More at H-NET:

Call for Papers: Finding Women in the Archives

book-stack-and-ereader Finding Women in the Archives: Experiences and Stories
from Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe

Deadline September 15, 2014

In the early decades of women’s and gender history as an academic
discipline, feminist historians devoted a lot of time and effort to
finding historical sources by and about women and making those sources
available to a wider audience. It turned out that women’s absence in the
historiography was not primarily due to a lack of sources but was
rather a consequence of (mostly male) historians’ conceptual frameworks
and assumptions about what counted as “history.” There is currently a
strong interest in rethinking archives, both as official institutions
and repositories of documents and in the broader sense of collections
holding “traces of the past,” sometimes put together with the help of
new technologies.[1] Recent publications challenge the older assumption
that archives are neutral and fixed repositories of
information and instead reconceptualize them as “artifacts of history”
(in Antoinette Burton’s words), shaped by material circumstances, state
interests, war and politics, the decisions of those who deposit
materials and of archivists, and much more. In addition to historians
rethinking archives, the on-going digital revolution has a huge impact
in the archival world. More and more archival descriptions and primary
sources are becoming available on-line.

We invite historians of women and gender in the region of Central,
Eastern and Southeastern Europe to reflect on their archival experiences
and the issues mentioned above. Questions we are interested in include,
but are not limited to:

–          What is the state of the archives in the country you are
working on and how has this influenced the questions historians ask, the
kind of narratives they can tell and, in general, what counts as proper
history? How has the archival landscape shaped research on women’s and
gender history?
–          How and to what extent has the specific nineteenth- and
twentieth-century history of the region influenced the state and
availability of archives, both more generally and specifically with
respect to the history of women?
–          Have efforts been made to make women’s records visible and
–          Have you developed specific research strategies to find
traces of women or to work around the limited sources available?
–          Did you make exciting discoveries when looking for women in
the archives? Sometimes a single document is enough to change our
historical understanding of women’s presence and agency; are there
examples of such findings in CESEE and their impact on our
–          What is the role of oral history research and the creation
of oral history archives in developing women’s and gender history in the
–          What counts as an archive, what do historians regard as
“reliable sources,” and how do they deal with different forms of
–          Are efforts being made to create and maintain archives of
other previously marginalized groups?
–          Does the digital revolution lead to a greater availability
and visibility of women’s archives/sources relevant for women’s and
gender history?

In addition to the specific theme of Finding Women in the Archives, we
welcome submissions on all topics related to women’s and gender history
in CESEE on an on-going basis.

Submissions of up to 8,000 words (including notes) can be sent to
Francisca de Haan (Aspasia Editor-in-Chief) at or to
Melissa Feinberg at

For more information, please write to one of the editors or visit, where you can also download the
Aspasia Guidelines for Authors.

[1]See for example A. Burton, ed.,Archive
Stories (2005); N. Chaudhuri et al, eds., Contesting Archives (2010);
and T. Zanish-Belcher and A. Voss, eds., Perspectives on Women’s
Archives (2013).

Francisca de Haan
Central European University

Call For Papers: Queer Youth Histories London Workshop

CFP: book-stack, Edited Collection & Book Launch

Queer Youth Histories Workshop, 19 June 2014

Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University,

Workshop: Keyworth K407 10am-5pm

Book launch & wine reception: Keyworth Mezzanine 5pm-7pm (the Workshop will be followed by the launch of Queering Religion, Religious Queers [Routledge], ed. Yvette Taylor & Ria Snowdon).

The heightened profile of queer youth cultures across an array of contexts has given rise to questions about variations in such practices, identifications, politics, experiences and manifestations at different points in time.  Despite significant expansion of LGBT historical scholarship in some areas, research focusing specifically on histories of youth and sexual and gender insubordination remains a fledgling field requiring nurture and growth.  To such ends, this workshop seeks to bring together scholars researching and writing on queer youth histories.

This research might include:

•   national or transnational historical research focusing on intersections of youth and non-normative or LGBTI sexualities and genders;

•   case-based analyses of particular examples of LGBTIQ youth organizing (such as youth groups, activist work, school cultures);

•   critical engagements with cultural texts (e.g. books, films, music) or events (e.g. concerts, demonstrations, conferences) with significance for queer youth histories;

•   historical examples of young people’s involvement in media and cultural production (e.g. community press, radio broadcasting or fan literatures) connected to non-normative or LGBTI sexualities and genders; and

•   historicizing analyses of cultural representations of queer youth histories (e.g. film, television, published fiction).

This workshop is also interested in work that reflects on:

•   methodological implications for doing queer youth history;

•   relationships and tensions between queer youth history and the larger field of LGBT/queer historical research; and

•   theoretical reflections on intersections of ideas about youth, history and non-normative/LGBTI sexualities and genders.

Presentations will be for 20 minutes each.

The Workshop is organized by Daniel Marshall (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia) who in 2014 is a Visiting Scholar at CLAGS (CUNY, New York) and the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research (LSBU, London).  The Workshop will feature Professor Jeffrey Weeks as the closing Respondent.

There are plans to publish papers on this topic as part of an edited collection with an academic press. When submitting your paper proposal, please indicate if you would be happy for me to include your abstract in the proposal for the edited collection.

If you are unable to attend the Weeks Centre workshop but are interested in having your work included in the edited collection please include this notice in your email.

Please submit a 250-word abstract of your proposed paper plus a 100-word bio to by 7 April 2014.