Call for papers: NGENDER Seminars in Gender Studies – University of Sussex, Spring 2012

I’m not organising ngender this year (after two years of involvement) but Rachel Wood, whose doctoral research is about passing & space, is. Rachel’s work on Sarah Waters & queer London will also be published in the same forthcoming Lesbian Studies special issue (‘Revolting Bodies: Desiring Lesbians’) as my article The mediation of community and revolt in online genderqueer porn. The Ngender call is open to non-Sussex researchers – so go for it! See below.

Call for Papers

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We are now inviting submissions of abstracts from scholars doing gender related research who wish to present a paper as part of the NGender seminar series, which will take place weekly this spring and summer term at the University of Sussex.

Now in its third year, NGender is an interdisciplinary seminar series on gender-related themes. We hope to continue the success of the series over the last two years, throughout which we have featured papers on a diverse range of topics from researchers across disciplines at Sussex and beyond.

 There are currently over 100 Sussex Doctoral students working in gender related projects. This shows that Sussex is still leading the field in gender scholarship. NGender aims to foster a much needed sense of community and collaboration amongst those students, and also allow them to make connections with students and researchers from other institutions. The seminars enable participants to investigate, evaluate and connect with current trends and new developments in gender scholarship and research.

NGender is organized by doctoral students and aims to bring together researchers/faculty/recently graduated doctorates from widely divergent fields to share perspectives of their work. NGender provides a space where doctoral students can present their work-in-progress and get feedback from peers and faculty in a supportive scholarly environment.

 The seminars will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes throughout the spring and summer terms. Each seminar will open with a short presentation of approximately 20 minutes, followed by discussion, questions, and a chance to socialise over coffee.

 We encourage participation from across disciplines and welcome proposals from researchers working in the following indicative list of themes and topics:

  • Ø  Digital Technologies and Social Change
  • Ø  Sexualities
  • Ø  Representation
  • Ø  Everyday Practises
  • Ø  Histories of Gender
  • Ø  Cultural Production
  • Ø  Transsexuality, Transgender and Intersexuality
  • Ø  The Body and Embodiment
  • Ø  Literature and Linguistics
  • Ø  Media and Film
  • Ø  Religions and Spirituality
  • Ø  Feminisms
  • Ø  Geographies
  • Ø  Postcolonialism
  • Ø  Arts and Art History
  • Ø  Masculinities
  • Ø  Development

 It is hoped that all gender research students at Sussex will seriously consider giving a paper at NGender this year, and we also look forward to submissions from scholars outside of Sussex who wish to make connections with the prominant gender research community at this university.

Please send a Word document containing your proposal (300 words) for a 20 minute presentation and a brief biography (including name, degree, year and research interests). Abstracts must be received by Friday 16th December 2011 to be considered.

 Please direct all submissions and enquiries to ngender@sussex.ac.uk

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