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Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA

March 19-21, 2020


Gender, Politics, and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance and Representation

This interdisciplinary conference brings together participants from all academic fields to engage in wide-ranging conversations on gender and politics around the world. While formal politics loom large in 2020, we encourage an expansive understanding of political action and expression, inspired by Carol Hanisch’s essay, “The Personal is Political,” which sees all relationships of power as political and connects women’s experiences, self-expression, and values to their lives as political actors and subjects.

Topics may include but are not limited to the past and/or present intersection of gender and politics in:

  • Suffrage Expansion
  • Feminism
  • Voting and Candidacy
  • Organizing and Activism
  • Media Representation
  • Artistic and Literary Expression
  • Motherhood and Family Life
  • Sexuality and Gender Identity
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Race and Racism
  • Disability Rights
  • Employment
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Health
  • Violence
  • Religion
  • Law
  • Business and Management
  • Leadership
  • Social Media



Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not limited to art, history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, environmental science, medicine, biomedical ethics, economics, political science, gender studies, communication studies and literature. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals.

Both panel and individual paper proposals are welcome.


Please submit a 350 to 500-word abstractby October 1st, 2019here.

Please include with your abstract: your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank(graduate student, professor, artist, etc.). Abstracts that greatly exceed the 500-word count may not be considered. We will also include a few competitively selected undergraduate panels in the 2020 conference. All submissions will be peer reviewed and those accepted will be notified no later than October 15th, 2019.

Paper presentations will ideally be 15-20 minutes in length and can be considered for our annual publication
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