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Call for Papers
Women’s and Gender Studies Programs
University of Texas at Austin
Proposals due May 15, 2002
Conference on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2002

FLASHPOINTS

. . . is a conference that considers the recent history and current state 
of affairs of women’s, feminist, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transexual, 
race/ethnicity, and global-rights activism and scholarship.

On the occasion of 38th anniversary of the adding of “sex” discrimination 
to the Civil Rights act, the 34th anniversary of the demonstrations against 
the Miss America contest, the 33rd anniversary of the Stonewall events, the 
30th anniversary of the first course in women’s studies at the University 
of Texas, the 29th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 20th anniversaries of 
the Barnard Conference on “Towards a Politics of Sexuality” and the 
“Combahee River Collective Statement,” and the 10th anniversary of Grrrl 
power, the publication of Gender Trouble, and the development of 
intersectionality theory, it seems useful to consider feuds and friendships 
both past and present among those seeking social change and understanding 
self-identity.

This conference seeks papers describing the histories of these events or 
analyzing where thinking and debates on these activisms and research 
currently stand.   What are our opinions and dissensions about
·       representations and their effects,
·       epistemologies and epistemological theories,
·       methods of scientific investigation and creative innovation,
·       biologies and neurobiologies and women, genders, and sexualities,
·       affects, emotions, and feelings,
·       personal relations in families, couples, and friends,
·       information storage and retrieval systems,
·       systems of learning and communicating,
·       memories, histories,
·       conceptions of health and wellness,
·       commodities and style, body designs,
·       contested and complex identities and their construction and 
performance,
·       social activism and social space,
·       political systems and policies,
·       notions of citizenship, rights, and justice,
·       art and artists, and
·       sketches of space and time and being?

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin 
invites proposals of about 500 words for a twenty-minute paper that will 
address any of these themes.   While we will invite several guest speakers 
and will present papers ourselves, we seek outside presenters who might be 
interested in exploring these matters over two days with the UT Women’s and 
Gender Studies faculty and students.  We will give preferences to papers 
that are crossdisciplinary.   We also hope to publish these papers so 
please submit proposals that would be potentially original publications of 
about twenty typescript pages upon revision.

Both UT and non-UT scholars should send their proposals by May 15, 2002, to:
Janet Staiger, Center for Women’s Studies
405 West 25th Street (Walter Webb Hall), Suite 401
Campus Mail A4900
University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78705
512-471-5765; fax 512-475-8146
http://www.utexas.edu/depts/wstudies/
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Notification of acceptance will be made by June 15, 2002.

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Janet Staiger
    William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of 
Communication
Department of Radio-Television-Film, CMA 6.118
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712  USA
512-471-6653 (office)
http://www.utexas.edu/coc/rtf/fs/staiger/staiger.html

Director, Center for Women's Studies
Walter Webb Hall 401
405 West 25th Street
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78705 USA
512-471-5765 (office)
512-475-8146 (WS fax)
http://www.utexas.edu/depts/wstudies/ 

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