The co-chairs and organizing committee seek proposals for original research projects to be presented at the Second Annual Kentucky Gender & Women’s Studies Conference (KYGWS) scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.We welcome submissions for individual papers, panels, workshops, and poster presentations.

Kentucky is one of the four U.S. states to hold the designation of a “commonwealth”— a community founded for the common good. To center the efforts of dedicated Kentucky scholars and activists who work toward the betterment of their communities and Kentucky as a whole, our theme this year is  “A Common(wealth) of Justice.” We hope that this theme will inspire you to imagine different visions of justice and collective well-being, new definitions of community, and possible futures for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Submissions should be in the spirit of research from the field of gender and women’s studies including but not limited to issues of social justice, inclusion, belonging, power, discrimination, and unconscious bias. Work from all disciplines, including collaborative projects and interdisciplinary work will be considered.

All submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, activists, and community members will be considered. Furthermore, undergraduate students with no conference experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

All submissions should include a title, a 250-300 word abstract with citations, names of presenters, and university or organizational affiliation.


Submission deadline: July 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM

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