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The Biennial Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Conference

University of New South Wales, Kensington NSW, 21-23 November 2012
Call for Papers.

Interventions: Reflections, Critiques, Practices

Feminism has its roots as a political intervention into patriarchy and its institutions. Similarly, Women’s and Gender Studies began as a critical intervention into traditional institutional knowledge. These projects have been successful and fruitful, yet they are also ongoing and ripe for updating and critique. AWGSA invites papers and panels that take ‘intervention’ as a critical and political goal, and/ or as an object of inquiry. As a first principle, we encourage you to reflect on the interventionist nature of your own research. Possible themes include:

  • Feminist (and/ or queer) interventions into old, new and emerging discipline
  • Postcolonial critiques of western feminist interventions
  • Feminist (and other theoretical and political) interventions into contemporary cultures and societies
  • Feminist and/ or queer cultural practices
  • Gender, development and crisis
  • Interventions into gendered bodies; childhood; adolescence
  • Assessments of, and challenges to, ongoing political interventions (eg. The NT Intervention)
  • Queer and feminist challenges to heteronormative institutions and corporations
  • Showcasing new areas of strength in feminist and gender research, eg. trans, disability studies, fat studies, celebrity studies, girl studies
  • Gender and politics; Gender and education; Gender and technology

Keynote Speaker: Feona Attwood, Professor of Sex, Communication and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are invited for single papers and/ or panels addressing any of the above themes. Please send with a short biography to awgsa2012@gmail.com by Friday 27 July 2012.