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The Program in Women’s and Gender Studies will host the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) conference April 18, 19, and 20, 2013. Selecting the theme, Outrage! Discourses, Practices, and Politics of Protest and Social Transformation, the conference committee plans three days of events, including keynote speeches from internationally-known scholars and activists plus selected papers, panels, film showings, performances, and poster sessions. Attendees will include scholars, artists, and activists.


While the conference theme was inspired by recent protest movements and social and political revolutions such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, it provides for many debates about justice, protest, and activism. The committee anticipates that among the conference’s many offerings will be panels discussing local and global activism; universities and the communities they serve; historical protests and contemporary activism; and coalition building among activists, scholars, and specific communities. Program Director Ann Dils believes the conference “is an excellent way to make UNCG’s WGS program visible in the Southeast and nationally. It will allow us to present the work of our excellent faculty and provide graduate and advanced undergraduate students with opportunities to present their scholarly and creative research. We also hope the conference will allow us to network with faculty and students from other area institutions and with local activists and social service agencies.”


The conference committee is chaired by Gwen Hunnicutt, Associate Professor of Sociology and Carisa Showden, Associate Professor of Political Science. Both hold joint appointments in Women’s and Gender Studies. Hunnicutt heads WGS’s Graduate Program and Showden chairs the Sally and Alan Cone Awards Committee for WGS. Committee members include faculty and staff from across the university: Danielle Bouchard, Elizabeth Bucar, Ann Dils, Emily Edwards, Janine Jones, Carole Lindsey-Potter, Cybelle McFadden, Susanne Rinner, Cathryne Schmitz, Amy Vetter, and Beth Walker.


Program Administrator Carole Lindsey-Potter says that, “The WGS program has had a long and successful history of conference hosting, including our 2011 The ART of Public Memory conference and earlier conferences on Creative Action and Why Buffy Still Matters. This also provides our graduate assistants with experience in planning major events, an important part of their learning at WGS.”


SEWSA is a regional affiliate of the National Women’s Studies Association. For the conference call for pa- pers, please see http://wgs.uncg.edu.


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