September 7-10, 2016
University of Arizona
Trans*studies is a 4-day international academic conference that welcomes work from any field on any topic pertaining to transgender issues, sex/gender variance, gender nonconformity, and diverse embodiments—as well as work that draws upon trans* methodologies to inform research in other areas of inquiry. We are equally interested in showcasing work in the arts, humanities, and sciences (social, health, and physical), and seek the involvement of activists, culture workers, and members of trans* communities as well as scholars and students. In addition to keynote speakers and special evening performances, the conference will feature several transdisciplinary plenary panels aimed at fostering greater dialog among scholars whose approaches to and investments in trans* studies have historically differed, and opportunities to caucus and network in small groups around shared interests. It is our hope that this conference will help launch an international transgender studies association; the conference schedule will include a business meeting to discuss this possibility, and to entertain proposals to host future international conferences. Language of proposals and presentations should be in English if possible, but we will work to accommodate non-English-speaking participation to the best of our ability.
Please submit 250 word abstracts of proposed papers, as well as a one-paragraph author’s biography. You may also submit a proposal for an entire panel on a particular theme or topic, but please include biographies and abstracts for each presenter/paper and the moderator, as well as a description of the panel itself (250 words each). We will consider proposals for creative work and work presented in nontraditional academic formats. A portion of conference registration fees will be used to provide travel stipends for those with financial needs (e.g., students, junior faculty members, attendees from outside the U.S.). Please send all materials, and address all communications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions deadline is February 15, 2016.
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