CFP: Trans Studies in the Global South: An Emerging Scholars Symposium


New Scholars Series at Bates College


Trans Studies in the Global South: An Emerging Scholars Symposium


October 12, 2018


The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College invites papers in trans studies in the Global South, for a day-long symposium showcasing the work of emerging scholars (recent PhD or ABD) from historically underrepresented groups. We define trans studies broadly to include the study of gender normativities and non-conformities. We especially welcome applications from individuals of Black/African American, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Native Pacific Islander descent.


Invited participants will be asked to submit work in progress (such as a chapter or essay) for discussants and interested audience members to read beforehand, and to present the work for 10-15 minutes at a panel session.  Each panel will include remarks by a discussant and Q&A from the audience.


We aim to create an intellectually enriching experience for all participants, including the selected speakers. In addition to active participation from a range of faculty, we anticipate students from various courses attending each panel session.


The symposium on Trans Studies in the Global South will take place on Friday, October 12, 2018.  Invited speakers will be guests of the College from the evening of Thursday, October 11th through breakfast on Saturday, October 13th, with all paper presentations to occur on Friday, October 12th. Bates will provide a small stipend for the panelists and cover their travel expenses.


To apply, please submit the following in PDF format to Interfolio:

  • A 300-word abstract of the work in progress that you will share
  • A current cv
  • A 1-sentence statement confirming self-identification as a member of a historically underrepresented group


The deadline for submission of these materials is August 15. Speakers will be notified of acceptance by September 7, 2018.


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