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Feminist Fantasies: Future Directions for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

December 6, 2010 - January 31, 2011

Call for Conference Papers and Panel Proposals

Feminist Fantasies: Future Directions for the Study of Gender and Sexuality


Rutgers University (Douglass Campus)


May 12-14, 2011


Keynote Speakers:

Heather Love (Department of English, University of Pennsylvania)

“Queer + 1: Feminism, Sexuality Studies, and the Politics of the Outside”


Cheryl Clarke (Dean of Students for Livingston Campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

“Who Needs the Master’s Tools, Anyway: Black Queer Feminists Reworking the Passion of Blackness”



The Institute for Research on Women invites submissions for paper and panel proposals showcasing research projects currently being conducted by faculty members and graduate students at our Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses.  We invite participants to share their current research projects with us and discuss ways in which the IRW can support their future academic and intellectual initiatives. Some of the main questions explored at the conference will be: How do we envision the future of feminist theory, scholarship, activism, pedagogy and practice?  What is the role of transgender and sexuality studies in the transformation of feminist theory?  What should be the role of the IRW in fulfilling future research agendas at Rutgers?

This conference will have two session formats:  roundtables to present research projects, and open ended sessions to discuss future areas of research and initiatives for the IRW.  Presentations will be shorter than usual, to leave time for questions and discussion.  Presenters will have 10 minutes to present their current research project.

Possible topics may include (but are in no way limited to):


  • Geographies of Gender /Queering Spaces
  • Subject-Object Studies
  • Race, Gender and Sexuality
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Transgender Studies
  • Animal Studies
  • Activism and Gender
  • Ecocriticism & Ecologies of Gender
  • Public Policy and Sexuality
  • Feminist Ethics
  • Feminist Epistemologies
  • Intimacy, Affect Theory and Feminism
  • Ethnographies of Gender
  • Sexuality and Migration
  • Feminist Science Studies
  • Religion, Sexuality and Gender
  • Politics of Gender and Sexuality
  • New Media, Arts and Technology
  • Violence and Sexuality


Proposals focusing on gender and sexuality studies in the sciences are especially encouraged.

The IRW will cover expenses for up to 2 nights of lodging for colleagues coming from Newark and Camden.

Submission Guidelines

Please send the following information to, mentioning “Spring Colloquium” in the subject line:


  • Title
  • 500-word abstract
  • 50-word biography
  • Author’s campus
  • Author’s email
  • Author’s telephone
  • Author’s postal address

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011.



December 6, 2010
January 31, 2011
Event Category:


Institute for Research on Women
160 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States


Marlene Importico
(732) 932-9072