Call For Papers: Gender Matters Conference

Governors State University

Announces the 4th annual


April 11-12, 2014

University Park, Illinois

Gender Matters is an academic conference highlighting research on gender, women, and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. Conference planners seek to bring together students, activists, and researchers to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels.

This year’s theme, Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions, focuses our attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidenced-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to effect positive change in behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Potential topics for papers or panels include, but are not limited to: politics of representation; gendered health and medicine; feminist geographies; futurity and queer temporalities; queer intimacy and kinship; health disparities; illness narratives; globalization; postcolonial feminism; new media; gendered, racialized, and sexualized bodies; parenting; social justice; performativity; intersectionality with ethnicity, race, and/or citizenship; sexual subcultures; activism; public/private spheres; transgender rights; queer(ed) histories and historically queer; feminisms; drag performance; masculinities; gender and/or sexuality as studied in any field.

·       Keynote Speaker:Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General

·       Featured Performance:“Generation SEX,” an ensemble performance by Chicago-based Teatro Luna.

Submission guidelines and forms can be found at:

Please note that only submissions adhering to the stated guidelines will be accepted.

For individual papers or posters, please submit a title page with complete author contact information, and an abstract of 500 words. For panels, please submit a 500-word rationale and description of the panel, type of panel (paper panel, roundtable discussion, performance), contact information for all panelists, and 250 word abstracts for each presenter.

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Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 2 December 2013

Acceptance Notifications: 15 January 2014

Early Registration Deadline: 3 February 2014 ($25 students; $55 regular)*

Registration Deadline: 17 March 2014 ($40 students; $70 regular)*

Gender Matters Conference: 11-12 April 2014

*Registration fee includes access to conference proceedings including paper and panel presentation, keynote address, continental breakfasts, lunch, and reception.