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Information about Conference Planning and Submissions

Conference Planning and Organization

GCWS Conferences are organized by students for students in Women's and Gender Studies at any college and university. Developed with the advice and mentorship of the GCWS Program Coordinator and Board of Directors, the group of student organizers from GCWS member institutions collaboratively select the conference theme, develop and implement the vision for the event and subsequent activities, select faculty and student presenters, and manage the logistics of the 2-day event.

If you are interested in co-organizing the next conference or have an idea for an interesting conference theme, email the GCWS Program Manager.

Submitting Work and Presentations

The focus of each conference is to showcase graduate student work in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Presentations range from panels to individual paper presentations, to hands-on workshops, all depending on the particular conference theme. Students interested in presenting must read that year's Call for Proposals for specific submission guidelines.

Proposals are reviewed by a committee of students and faculty using the following criteria:

For the 2013 graduate student conference, we invite three types of proposals: individual paper presentations, complete panels, and alternative presentations.

For individual 15-minute presentations, please submit an abstract of 250 words to or submit your proposal online by December 30, 2012. Include a 2-3 sentence biographical statement that includes your institutional or professional affiliation and research interests. For complete panels, please submit a 100-word proposal along with three (3) paper abstracts with biographical statements for each panelist. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary panels that embrace the notion of "clashing"—papers need not cohere but could generate new conversations out of underlying frictions.

We also welcome alternative presentations by activists, artists, and non-academics, including art installations, performances, workshops, film screenings, and more. Please submit a 300-word proposal to by December 30, 2012. Provide an explanation of your presentation and a 5-sentence biographical sketch. Include a description of your space and A/V needs.

All submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail by January 30, 2013. For more information, please visit the conference home page or send an email to

If you have any questions about the conference or submission process, contact the GCWS.

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Contact Us

The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14N-211
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-324-2085