Sunday, June 4, 2017

Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now: Interdisciplinary Conference March 22-24, 2018

Christopher Newport University’s
College of Arts and Humanities
seeks abstracts for the forthcoming conference on the
Global Status of Women and Girls
to be held at CNU, March 22-24, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the theme for this year’s conference is:
Women, Social Change and Activism:
Then and Now

Call For Abstracts: 

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to use the tools of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and other fields to address challenges faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. We invite scholars from all academic disciplines to submit proposals that explore these topics and shed light on women’s efforts to affect social change.
Through the study of the past and present of local and global activism, the conference will engage researchers interested in the artistic, economic, educational, ethical, historical, literary, philosophical, political, psychological, religious, and social dimensions of women’s lives and resistance. 


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

  • Social Movements / Protest Movements
  • Global Feminism / Anti-Feminism / History of Feminism
  • Cultural Representations of Resistance
  • Art as Activism
  • Women’s Activism in the Arts and Media
  • Literary / Film Portrayals and Trends
  • Anti-Sexual Assault Activism
  • Activist Responses to Rape Culture
  • Cyber-Activism
  • Combating Daily Life Machismo and Gender Inequalities
  • Resistance to Femicides and Violence against Women
  • Anti-War Movements
  • Anti-colonialism / Postcolonial Approaches
  • Activism Regarding Economic Issues
  • Activism Regarding Religious Issues
  • Activism Regarding Educational Issues
  • Activism Regarding Poverty / Stratification
  • Activism Regarding Health Inequalities
  • Activism Regarding Body Issues
  • LGTBQ Activism
  • Social Justice and Social Change


Please submit a 350 to 500-word abstract on this topic by September 3, 2017. All submissions will be peer reviewed, and those accepted will be notified no later than October 3, 2017. Paper presentations will ideally be 15-20 minutes in length. 

Please contact Lori Underwood, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, at with any questions about the conference.

Please include with your abstract: your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (graduate student, professor, artist, etc.).

All submissions will be peer reviewed, and those accepted will be notified no later than October 3rd, 2017. Paper presentations will ideally be 15-20 minutes in length. Please direct inquiries about the conference to

Contact Info: 
Rocio Gordon
Contact Email: 

Performance and Performativity in Modern South Asia

Performnace and Performativity in Modern South Asia: An Interdiciplinary preconference
Madison, WI 
October 26-29, 2017

This preconference approaches ‘performance’ as both a rich object of analysis and a theoretical framework for the study of South Asian culture and praxis. In so doing, it demands a dedicated engagement with the diverse forms of performance in South Asia ¬– including but not limited to theatre, performance art, dance, music, and performativity. The use of performance as both a tool and an object of analysis is an often under-represented field within the discipline of South Asian Studies, and we seek in this conference to emphasize its importance to topics as diverse as government bureaucracy, feminist protest, and recuperative historiography. By invoking performance as a conceptual category, we illuminate the potential for performative modes of reading and analysis to generate new understandings of the articulations of caste, class, gender and sexuality within South Asia. Given the wide scope of this preconference, we hope to attract scholars and performers from a range of disciplines and sub-fields, uniting them around the question of what performance can do for the study of Modern South Asia.

Possible topics include:

• Feminist protest and performativity
• Neoliberal frameworks in performance
• Theater as historiography
• The relationship between performance, memory and the archive
• Performance and community: questions of ‘nation,’ ‘culture,’ and belonging
• Interculturalism/global networks and the circulation of performance
• Performance and the question of caste
• Performing queer identities.
• Dance, movement, and the circulation of affect
• Theater and dance in the diaspora

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a bio of no more than 100 words by June 15, 2017 to Jisha Menon, Kat Frances Lieder, and Sharvari Sastry at Please also include any technical needs your presentation may have. We will do our best to accommodate.

This preconference is invested in approaching performance as a generative site that produces its own forms of embodied knowledges and discursive practices that can challenge, critique and extend the scope of academic scholarship. To this end, we invite enthusiastically invite performers to submit proposals for performances of no more than 30 minutes in length.

Keywords: performance, theater, dance, music, performativity, affect, audience, spectacle

Contact Info: 
Contact Sharvari Sastry at