CFP: Feminist Geograpy: Who we are, what we do, why we do it

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

“Feminist Geography: Who we are, what we do, why we do it.”

MAY 15-18, 2014

University of Nebraska at Omaha

http://femgeogconference.wordpress.com

We are excited to invite submissions for a wide range of stimulating, interactive and in-depth sessions. We encourage participants to consider submissions that differ from traditional conference presentation formats. To make submissions, please visit our website at http://femgeogconference.wordpress.com 

The deadline for submissions is: January 15, 2014

Research-oriented sessions

We envision this conference as a place to share research in different ways, especially those that encourage conversation across research topics. Session formats might include:

  • Research panels: 4-5 presenters give short (3-5 minute) introductions to their research, and a discussant asks questions across the panel.
  • “Issues in research” panels or roundtables: Participants might focus on different dimensions of feminist geographical research such as methodology, ethics, political issues, access to information etc., and use their own research experiences as examples.
  • Cross-talk panels: 3-4 researchers in different sub-fields share their research, and then the audience is invited to draw connections amongst all of the papers, encouraging “cross-talk.”

Topical or thematic sessions

These sessions might focus on a topic or theme in feminist geography (either major themes or those that need more attention) and encourage a wide variety of voices to participate through formats such as:

  • Knowledge cafes: A facilitator introduces a topic for 10-15 minutes, and then small groups of 4-5 engage in close conversation for the remaining time. (http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/run-kcafe.)
  • Panels: Encouraging a mixture of voices across career stage, geographic region, theoretical orientation etc.

Visual or performance-oriented sessions

We invite creative submissions in formats such as:

  • Film or video
  • Posters or art works
  • Performances
  • Any of the above may be submitted virtually, if the creator cannot attend in person.

Professional development sessions

We seek proposals for sessions that will allow participants to share their experiences in and beyond academia in formats such as:

Roundtables or panels on issues including but not limited to:

  • Academic publishing 
  • Job interview strategies
  • Non-academic career possibilities
  • Surviving your first years of full-time work
  • Work-life balance
  • Issues facing women of colour in geography/academia
  • Surviving as a feminist in geography/academia
  • Addressing mental health issues
  • Advocating for equality in the workplace
  • Writing strategies
  • Advice sessions: We seek volunteers (particularly more experienced academics) to lead individualized or small-group advice sessions (for example, on CVs, cover letters, interview skills, and so on).

Submissions:

On the Submissions page of this website, please indicate which category your proposal falls into, and include a 250-word description of the proposed session. If possible (and relevant to your proposal), include names and contact information for session participants. Attendees are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Please also indicate if you are willing to help out with professional development advice sessions.

You may also submit a description of a presentation for a single participant. The conference organizers will connect you with others in a similar field.

Please visit the website for the conference at http://femgeogconference.wordpress.com to submit proposals, register, and keep up to date connections with other participants!

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