Gender Studies Program, Call for Papers - due July 1, 2018

Author: Linnie Caye

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The University of Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program is happy to announce its fifth biennial international conference, which will be held in conjunction with the second meeting of the International Girls Studies Association.

University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

28 February – 2 March, 2019


Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 1 July 2018


Girls Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields, encompassing scholars from a vast array of disciplines engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to bring together scholars and creative practitioners from across the world to explore contemporary and historical experiences and constructions of girlhood and girls’ culture, as well as recent developments within the field.

The Host Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, pre-constituted roundtables, and creative works that address one or more of the following topics.  Moreover, we are keen to move beyond the traditional conference format and encourage collaborative work and presentations of digital humanities projects as well as creative, visual, and performance-based work. We also welcome proposals from individuals working in collaboration with girls in schools, after-school programs, and community-based organizations.

We welcome submissions from scholars, teachers, activists, artists, and students (both graduate and undergraduate).

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Histories of girlhood
  • Global girlhood(s)
  • Girlhood and intersectionality
  • Representations of girlhood
  • Intergenerational girlhoods
  • Queer and trans girls
  • Girls’ cultures
  • Girlhood and consumption
  • Mediated girlhoods
  • Girls and feminism
  • Girls and sport
  • Girls and education
  • Girls and religion
  • Girls and STEM
  • Body image
  • Girls and subcultures
  • Girls and digital media
  • Girls and politics/activism
  • Girls and popular culture
  • Girls and music
  • Girls and literature & theatre
  • Girlhood during austerity
  • Girls’ sexuality
  • Girls’ health
  • Neoliberal girlhoods
  • Ethnographies of girlhood
  • Methodological approaches to Girls’ Studies.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Sunday, 1 July 2018.

Please submit your proposal here:

You will first need to become a member of Submittable (which is easy and free).

To allow for as many voices as possible at the conference, proposers may apply for only one role from each of the following two categories: 1) paper presenter, creative works presenter, or roundtable participant; and 2) coordinator of panel or roundtable in which they are participating.   

Open Call Papers - Individuals submitting paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information. Co-authored papers are acceptable.

Pre-constituted Panels - Panel chairs should submit a 500-word rationale for the panel as a whole. Chairs should collect abstracts from individual participants in advance and then weave the abstracts into one coherent proposal that reflects the overall topic and goals of the panel while also representing the themes and objectives of individual papers. Panels should include 3-4 papers. Co-authored papers are acceptable. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged. For each participant, coordinators should submit a short bio and contact information.

Pre-constituted Roundtables - Roundtable coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted roundtable as a whole. Roundtables should include no more than 6 participants (inclusive of coordinator). Roundtables that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged. Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference should be brief in order to create substantive discussion with attendees. For each participant, coordinators should submit a short bio and contact information.

Open Call Creative Works - Proposals for audiovisual and other creative works should consist of a 250-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the creator/producer, contact information, and requirements for exhibition. Co-authored work is acceptable.  If some or all of the work is viewable online, please submit a URL.

More Information

Please direct any questions about the conference and the submission process to:

Updates about the conference schedule, events, travel and lodging, and more will be posted at

Conference Organizers: Barbara Green, Mary Celeste Kearney, Sonja Stojanovic, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame.


University of Notre Dame Co-Sponsors: College of Engineering, Department of Africana Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Art, Art History, & Design, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of English, Department of Film, Television, & Theatre, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Irish Language and Literature, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology, Department of Theology, Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, Gender Studies Program, Graduate School, Institution for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families.

Originally published by Linnie Caye at on May 22, 2018.