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Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations 27th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference February 9-10, 2017, UCLA

8/23/2016 to 10/10/2016
When: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Where: United States

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Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations
27th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference
February 9-10, 2017, UCLA

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women invites submissions of paper, poetry, spoken word, film, mixed-media, performance, and poster proposals for our 27th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference.

This year’s conference theme, Imagining Reparations, engages contemporary social, scholarly, and literary movements that push to reimagine and retheorize what freedom, justice, health, and care can look like. Historically, reparations have taken financial form with governments recognizing victims of perceived injustice by awarding them money. Such practices have depended on and have defined the law and dominant ideas of justice within states and empires. By contrast, marginalized groups today are reframing reparations as capable of addressing historical and ongoing abuses, evident in law itself and manifest in biological, environmental, educational, technological, institutionalized, political, and diplomatic violence. The daring to imagine new forms of reparative justice emerges from raced, gendered, and sexualized subjectivities, which inform movements that devastate the binary between theory and practice in their struggle to be whole. A broad and intersectional investment in reparations challenges the assigning of rights and privileges in the past, and it is an important tool in recasting the structures that impact our daily lives.

Thinking Gender 2017, Imagining Reparations, takes a cue from movements that conceive of violence and reparative justice intersectionally with consequences that shape and are shaped by gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, etc. We invite presentations of work from across disciplines that embodies this intersectional ethos and, in particular, envision reparations through the lens of gender and sexuality. Conference sessions will include ample time for discussion of work, emphasizing dialogue discussion, writing as important modes of conference participation, and exploring their potential as feminist, decolonial tools for learning and action. Imagining Reparations aims to create cohesion among a broad range of disciplinary engagements, theoretical stances, and practical applications by providing space for thinking together about the role of the academy in theorizing tools for collective liberation from gendered and racialized violence.

Deadline for All Proposal Submissions: Monday, October 10, 2016

Submission Information

Registered graduate students from any institution are eligible to submit presentation proposals for all Thinking Gender sessions, including the panels, plenary session, multimedia salon, and poster session. Registered undergraduate students from any institution are eligible to submit proposals for poster presentations and participation in the multimedia salon only. Individuals may appear in only one capacity at the conference. Unpublished papers are preferred for submission. Recently published and forthcoming papers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To participate in Thinking Gender, successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of $50, the entirety of which will go towards covering conference costs. Participants for whom the registration fee is prohibitive are encouraged to contact

We invite proposal submissions for the following categories:

  • Panel Presentations
  • Plenary Presentations
  • Posters
  • Film, Mixed Media, Poetry, Spoken Word, Musical Performance, etc. for presentation at a Multimedia Salon

For Presentation and Poster submissions, a proposal, works cited, and CV are required. For Multimedia Salon submissions a work description, CV, work sample, and description of technological needs are required. Full details – including length requirements and additional specifications – are available on our website.


The deadline for all submission proposals is Monday, October 10, 2016. Submissions must be made online.

Once submissions are reviewed and accepted, all participants in the paper panel and the plenary sessions will be required to submit a draft of their paper by Monday, January 9, 2017, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator. In addition, participants who wish to be considered for the Plenary Session must submit a draft of their paper for review by the selection committee by Monday, December 12, 2017.

For full details, including proposal length requirements, additional specifications, and a link to the online submission system, visit:

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