Call for Papers/Demande de Communications: Canadian Women’s Studies Association/L’Association des Études Sur les Femmes (CWSA/ACEF)

logoDATE: May 29 to May 31, 2010

LOCATION: Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

For more information, please visit the CWSA/ACEF website.

The CWSA/ACEF is now seeking proposals, in either French or English, for its annual conference, held in conjunction with the Congress of the CFHSS/FCSH. Submissions for papers and panels can be made by individuals or groups, and as joint sessions with other associations. Please identify the specific theme to which you are submitting application in your proposal.

Theme 1: Connected Understanding/Le Savoir Branché

Responses are invited from scholars who wish to take up representational and communications issues in Women’s/and Gender Studies. This theme also provides an open call for new work that supports emerging branches of gender and diversity-sensitive knowledge.

The theme, “Connected Understanding/Le Savoir Branché,” is proposed by CFHSS/FCSH as a way to explore the multiple linkages that branch across the disciplines along emergent lines of inquiry, the impact of digital communications technologies on how research is conducted and communicated, and the connections between research and the publics and counter publics that are impacted and constructed by knowledge creation projects locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Women‚s/and Gender Studies scholars and feminist activists in Canada and elsewhere engage with and challenge the assumptions informing this theme in multiple ways, recognizing that communication technologies divide as well as connect, obscure even as they communicate, and that local, regional, national and international agenda-staging mechanisms can be as destructive as well-intentioned.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • How do local and transnational feminists use communications technologies in transformative political projects?
  • How is interdisciplinary feminist research facilitated and frustrated by communications issues within and beyond the field?

Theme 2: Women’s/and Gender Studies and Intersectionality/Études des femmes et intersectionalité

How is critical intersectional theory imagined and practiced in Women‚s/and Gender Studies scholarship, teaching and politics? In what ways do efforts to take up the challenges posed to the field by critical race, queer and transnational feminisms fall short in current research and pedagogical practices? Given the contemporary neo-liberal context, and the persistent effects of colonialisms and neo-colonialisms, how has Women‚s/and Gender Studies in Canada held itself accountable to the project of intersectional gender-based analysis, and how might that project as it has been enacted to date be revised, revisioned, reinvigorated, critiqued?

Theme 3: Bodies/Embodiment/Corps, incorporations et performativité

Contributors to this theme are invited to consider practices and projects that shape bodies and experiences of embodiment. As the seat of perception, position and relatedness – relentlessly targeted by multiple regulatory forces – embodiment continues to function as contested terrain. What contributions can Women’s/and Gender Studies bring to engagement in and analysis of political projects within and beyond the many communities and feminisms that seek to trouble femininities, masculinities, genders, constructions of abilities, racializations, sexualities, and the performative scripts and audiences that attend upon bodies and embodiment?


We encourage presentations in a variety of formats, including papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, poster sessions, film and video screenings, performance art pieces, exhibits, and cultural events. If you are proposing a non-traditional presentation, please include a brief write up on any necessary audiovisual, technical, logistical, or room size and location considerations.

The proposal form (Word document) can be found on the CWSA/ACEF website:

All submissions must include a maximum 250-word abstract for individual papers and panels. Panel submissions must also add short (50-100 word) abstracts of the individual papers, and all submissions should indicate the theme for which the proposal is to be considered.

Panel sessions and workshops are typically scheduled to be 75 minutes in length, and papers are expected to be approximately 8 – 10 pages, or 15 – 20 minutes, for individual submissions. If you are proposing a workshop, please indicate expected time frame if different from typical scheduling. All proposals will be anonymously reviewed.

**You must be a current member of CWSA/ACEF to submit an abstract.**

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Send proposals by email only, in Word or RTF, to:, c/o Erica Van Driel, Assistant to Ann Braithwaite and Marie Lovrod, Program Co-Chairs

Deadline: December 10, 2009. No late proposals will be accepted.