Conferences & Paper Submissions
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Morgan State University Writing Center
Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
October 25, 2014-November 30, 2014
Untold Stories: Narratives of the Young Gifted and Gay
Edited By: Brian Stewart
In the fall of 2014, Alpha Iota, the Morgan State University Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity Inc. made a clear statement when it denied membership to an applicant based on
sexual orientation. The complaint filed by Brian Stewart; an ambassador to the institution and
former White House Intern, made national headlines when the public became aware of the gay
slurs and expletives used by a member of the fraternity. The complaint would go on to position
Mr. Stewart in the public spotlight, receiving both praise and criticism for speaking out on his
experience. At the same time, between messages of support and threats to his well-being, Mr.
Stewart began receiving stories from all over the country from persons who experienced similar
situations. First, the stories were specific and came from current members of the fraternity and or
deferred applicants—narrating their experiences while seeking to join the fraternity. Then,
stories of everyday struggles with one’s own sexuality, family, school, and life-in-general began
to pour in. While all of the stories praised Mr. Stewart and spoke of his courage in speaking out
against the chapter, it was around that same time that the first idea–of the possibility of a book
giving voice to the untold stories sparked by the incident, came to be.
Inspired by the personal experience as a victim of sexual discrimination and the literary
anthology edited by Keith Boykin: For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The
Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, Untold Stories: Narratives of the Young Gifted and Gay edited by
Brian Stewart is an untraditional anthology of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer
(LGBTQ) voices in the 21st century. This book responds to the ideas of homophobia, sexual
stigma, heterosexism, and sexual prejudice in regards to LGBTQ persons; by offering narratives
of personal experiences that will help the reader understand hostility, oppression, and
discrimination towards LGBTQ persons based on their sexual orientation and gender identity and
Additional background can be found here the When Brian Smiles Blog
From October 25, 2014 until February 28, 2015, we will accept essays and other writings to
include in Untold Stories. We are looking for insightful stories and or experiences centered
around one or more of the following major themes: identity (in regards to sexual orientation
and gender identity and or expression), family, school, and life in general. Submissions
should be between 1000 and 5000 words. Send your submission to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, email address, phone number,
brief 1-paragraph biography and a jpeg photo with your submission. Anonymous
submissions will be considered; however, we ask that you submit a pseudonym/alias to credit the
This particular anthology will include both established and non-established writers. Our aim is to
tell the stories of everyday Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA)
individuals who have faced and or are still facing adversity. While we plan to include
submissions from known public figures, published authors, and talented writers who have
overcome obstacles throughout their lives, we are particularly looking for millennials; recent
graduate or undergraduate students, and those who have faced bullying or harassment. No matter
how you identify, we are only interested in well-told stories that can educate and inspire others.
Ultimately, we would like to include the stories of all persons so long as the stories are relevant
to the purpose and the themes of the book. It is our intention that this book will: give voice to
what it is like living in the 21st century as a non-heterosexual individual, the challenges we face,
and be an opportunity to tell our own stories.
Lastly, we don’t anticipate every story to have a happy ending, nor do we anticipate every essay
to deal with adversity, harassment, or some sort of tragedy. We understand life is complex, and
want this book to be both educational and inspiring. We want your stories to give voice to your
real life experiences, and share those experiences with others. We want to provide you the
opportunity to tell your story, just you and your experiences.
This book is expected to be published in April/May 2015.
Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being
22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies
Graduate Student Conference*
March 25-26th, 2015
The University of Texas at Austin
The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. We invite individual papers, creative writing and artistic posters, performance pieces, and panel submissions from participants in any discipline whose research pertains to any topic in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.
*Presentation at this conference will count towards the WGS MA Program, and the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate and/or the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate LGBTQ Studies Track.
We especially welcome submissions related to CWGS’s 2014-2015 theme:
“Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being”
How are boundaries determined and contested? How do notions of boundary and space inform identities and relationships? What does it mean to move through space? What does it mean to take up or occupy a space – especially for marginalized bodies? How do diasporic moments in history lead to different mappings of race and gender? How – in varied ways – do we/can we construct or imagine, space? What are the limits of history, memory, and geographical boundaries on ideas and experiences of space?
We invite proposals that address these questions (or pose related ones) using the lenses of gender, race, sexuality, ability, performance or other feminist, womanist, queer or anti-racist methodologies.
Our understandings of location, space, and identity are broad and open to interpretation. Possible topics may include:
Comparative Borderlands Studies
Borders, Belonging, and Nation/State
Geographies of the Body/Mapping the Body
Marginalized Bodies: Creating/Contesting/Occupying Space
Sexuality and Trauma
Bodies in Space/Bodies as Space
Physicality and Performance
Geography and Identity
Co-creation of Identity and Space
Community and Space
Identity and Diaspora(s)
Intersections of Space with Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Ability, and other Identities
Space and Place:
“Real” and “Imagined” Space
(Inter-)Disciplinary Perspectives on Space and Place
Making Claims to Space – Colonialism, Conquest, Invasion, Citizenship/Belonging
Space, Place, and Social Change
Queer, Feminist, Womanist, and Indigenous Interventions/Critiques of Space and Place
Students proposing individual presentations (15 minutes) on any topic must submit: (1) 250 word abstract (2) Participant Application and Brief Biography. Students proposing a panel presentation are to submit an abstract of the panel along with the required materials for individual papers as listed above. For panel submissions, please limit the number of participants to four. All submissions should be made here:
Priority Submission Deadline: December 20, 2014
Final Submission Deadline: January 10, 2015
Conference Registration $20
There is no cost for submitting a proposal.
Call for proposals for second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Austin! (En español abajo)
The second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Austin (WE Con Austin), a community conversation and resource fair, is seeking workshop and panel proposals! This two-day gathering for women, girls and those who care about them will be held on March 7 & 8, 2015, at ACC Eastview. Take a look, submit your ideas, and share with your networks!
Our theme for WE Con Austin is: How do you WOMAN?
Our goals for the conference are:
– Building community among central Texas women and girls
– Sparking great discussions about gender, race, sexuality, class, disability, & more
– Helping women and girls gain knowledge and build skills that will enable them to create the lives they want
Submissions should be consistent with the goals. We welcome various interpretations of the theme. We prefer interactive models such as discussions, skill-building workshops, or other styles that engage in alternative types of education.
We are particularly interested in proposals dealing with one or more of the following topics: self-care, community and coalition building, self-determination, practicing feminism in everyday life, economic justice, trans/queer justice, reproductive justice, food justice, prisoner rights, immigration, local Austin issues, woman of color feminisms, technology, the arts, body image, movement, health & wellness, and empowering women and girls of all ages.
We will offer teen/tween programming, so we welcome proposals for this age group.
Please include in your submissions:
– Title of panel, workshop, or presentation
– A brief description of 300-500 words
– Description of AV and space requirements
– Presenter/s name and contact information
– A short bio (100 words max) and picture
The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 12, 2014. Please submit all documents via email to email@example.com. You can send the submission as a Microsoft Word file, .pdf, or text file. If postal mail works better for you, please send it to: Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, Attn: Conference, 1704 San Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701
If you have any questions please contact Carrie Tilton-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Convocatoria de propuestas para la segunda Conferencia Para Empoderamiento de la Mujer Austin!
La segunda Conferencia Para Empoderamiento de la Mujer Austin (WE Con Austin) un conversación comunitaria y feria de recursos está en busca de propuestas para talleres y presentaciónes. WE Con Austin será una reunión de dos días para mujeres, niñas y aquell@s quienes se preocupan por ellas. Se llevará a cabo el 7 y 8 de marzo de 2015, en ACC Eastview. ¡Échele un vistazo, presente sus ideas y comparta con sus contactos!
Nuestro tema para WE Con Austin es: El reto de ser mujer
Nuestras metas para esta conferencia son:
-Formar comunidades y alianzas entre mujeres y niñas en el centro de Tejas
-Fomentar discusiones importantes sobre el género, raza/etnicidad, sexualidad, clase, discapacidad y otros.
-Ayudar a que mujeres y niñas adquieran el conocimiento y las habilidades que las permitan crear la vida que quieren.
Las presentaciones deben ser consistentes con las metas. Damos la bienvenida a diversas interpretaciones de la tema. También preferimos modelos interactivos tales como discusiones, talleres para desarrollar habilidades, u otros estilos que se dedican a formas alternativas de educación.
Estamos especialmente interesadas en propuestas que traten uno o más de los siguientes temas: feminismo enfocado en la lucha de mujeres de color, cuidado personal, formación de comunidad y alianzas, autodeterminación, la práctica del feminismo en la vida cotidiana, justicia trans/queer/lgbtqia, justicia económica, justicia reproductiva, justicia alimentaria, derechos de prisioneras/ex convictas, inmigración, temas locales de Austin, tecnología, las artes, imagen corporal, movimiento, salud y bienestar, y el empoderamiento de las mujeres y niñas de todas las edades.
Ofreceremos actividades para adolescentes y jóvenes, así que damos la bienvenida a propuestas enfocadas en estos grupos de edades.
Por favor, incluya en su(s) propuesta:
– Título del plática, taller o presentación
– Una breve descripción de 300-500 palabras
– Requerimientos de equipo audiovisual y/o especificaciones de espacio
– Nombre e información de contacto de la(s) presentadora(s)
– Una breve biografía (100 palabras como máximo) y una foto
La fecha límite para someter propuestas es el viernes, 12 de diciembre de 2014. Por favor, envíe todos los documentos por correo electrónico email@example.com. Puede enviar su propuesta como un documento de Microsoft Word (.doc), Archivo PDF (.pdf) o archivo de texto (.rtf). Si prefiere el correo postal, favor enviarlo a la siguiente dirección: Centro Comunitario para las Mujeres en el Centro de Tejas, Atención: Conferencia, 1704 San Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701
Si tiene alguna pregunta, puede contactar a Andrea Zarate: firstname.lastname@example.org