The University of Kentucky Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Student Organization is excited to announce that we will be hosting our 5th Gender & Women’s Studies conference on Saturday, August 31st, on our campus in Lexington, KY.

This year’s theme of the conference is “Justice on Trial.” As left-wing politicians and activists across the globe work for human rights and protections, right-wing parties have meanwhile paved the way for conservative laws that harm the bodily autonomy of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized communities. Anti-abortion laws, anti-trans laws, and encroachment on academic freedom are just a few examples of the injustices people are facing at this juncture.

With this landscape in mind, this year’s conference will address the theme of justice, considering issues faced worldwide, such as (but not limited to) human rights, accessibility, inclusivity, and autonomy.  This conference aims to create an intellectually stimulating space for graduate students, activists, and faculty to exchange and develop their thoughts on contemporary academic/political conversations across different disciplines, nations, approaches, and positions.