The Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia is organizing an annual conference on the status and concerns of Women and Girls in Georgia. The theme of the inaugural conference, to be held in Athens October 12-14, 2007, is Women and Violence. The conference is open to academics, advocates, activists, and community members. The conference will include formal and informal sessions, with presentations of cutting-edge data and analyses, and opportunities for networking and political strategizing.
We are seeking papers, panels, and other presentations with an emphasis on the women and girls of our state. Suggested topics include: *violence against women and girls *violence and youth cultures *theoretical engagements with the intersections of gender and violence *comparative analyses of women and girls in their diversity, and the various impacts of violence in different communities *trafficking of women and girls *women as perpetrators of violence *gendered aspects of media violence *gendered dimensions of state violence, militarization, and police brutality *violence in prisons *violence and racial disparities *domestic violence as a “women’s health” issue *movements and organizing against violence
We welcome qualitative, quantitative, theoretical, and other feminist approaches. Individual presentations should be no more than 30 minutes reading time. Proposals should include a one-page abstract, and names and affiliations of all participants. Please send proposals and questions via email, to WAGGconf@gmail.com. Deadline is August 30, 2007. For more information on the Institute for Women’s Studies, visit www.uga.edu/iws