The deadline for submissions for the National Women’s Studies Association 2017 Conference, “40 years after Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.” is February 22, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. We invite paper, panel, performance and workshop proposals that build creatively and critically on our theme, and sub-themes. We strongly encourage independent scholars, non-academic writers, artists, researchers and organizers to propose panels and presentations, and to be included in sessions alongside community college, college, and university-based scholars. Review Criteria All conference proposals are peer-reviewed anonymously (without author identification). Guidelines for reviewers are developed by the Proposal Review Committee and include: Topic: Is the topic/question/issue relevant to the field of women’s/gender studies? Relationship to Sub-Theme: Are the topics/questions/issues discussed in the proposal clearly connected to one of the five conference sub-themes? Frameworks: Is the proposal grounded in relevant feminist/womanist theoretical/conceptual/applied frameworks? Clarity: Is the proposal well-organized, coherent, and clear? Subthemes Please note that submitted proposals must address one of the seven themes below to be eligible for inclusion in the program. Sub-themes for the conference include: Solidarities: trans-national and local Arts and culture: how is social media and visual culture changing how we view, engage and change the world? Revisiting intersectionality in theory and practic Engaging, confronting and transcending the state Sexualities and representations Movement building and freedom-making Violence, militarism, empire and trauma, / agency, resistance and resilience Please read the Call for Proposals for full descriptions of each subtheme and proposal requirements.

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