Announcing “Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations”

The Center for the Study of Women is pleased to announce:

Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations
27th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference
February 9-10, 2017, UCLA

Call for Submissions:

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women invites submissions of paper, poetry, spoken word, film, photography, performance, and poster proposals for our 27th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference.

This year’s conference theme, Imagining Reparations, engages contemporary social, scholarly, and literary movements that push to reimagine and retheorize what freedom, justice, health, and care can look like. Historically, reparations have taken financial form with governments recognizing victims of perceived injustice by awarding them money. Such practices have depended on and have defined the law and dominant ideas of justice within states and empires. By contrast, marginalized groups today are reframing reparations as capable of addressing historical and ongoing abuses, evident in law itself and manifest in biological, environmental, educational, technological, institutionalized, political, and diplomatic violence. The daring to imagine new forms of reparative justice emerges from raced, gendered, and sexualized subjectivities, which inform movements that devastate the binary between theory and practice in their struggle to be whole. A broad and intersectional investment in reparations challenges the assigning of rights and privileges in the past, and it is an important tool in recasting the structures that impact our daily lives.

Thinking Gender 2017, Imagining Reparations, takes a cue from movements that conceive of violence and reparative justice intersectionally with consequences that shape and are shaped by gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, etc. We invite presentations of work from across disciplines that embodies this intersectional ethos and, in particular, envision reparations through the lens of gender and sexuality. Conference sessions will include ample time for discussion of work, emphasizing dialogue discussion, writing as important modes of conference participation, and exploring their potential as feminist, decolonial tools for learning and action.  Imagining Reparations aims to create cohesion among a broad range of disciplinary engagements, theoretical stances, and practical applications by providing space for thinking together about the role of the academy in theorizing tools for collective liberation.

Deadline for All Proposal Submissions: Monday, October 17, 2016 [DEADLINE EXTENDED]



Thinking Gender 2017 Submission Guidelines

Registered graduate students from any institution are eligible to submit presentation proposals for all Thinking Gender sessions, including the panels, plenary session, multimedia salon, and poster session. Registered undergraduate students from any institution are eligible to submit proposals for poster presentations and participation in the multimedia salon only. Individuals may appear in only one capacity at the conference. Unpublished papers are preferred for submission. Recently published and forthcoming papers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To participate in Thinking Gender, successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of $50, the entirety of which will go towards covering conference costs. Participants for whom the registration fee is prohibitive are encouraged to contact


Deadline for Proposal Submissions

The deadline for all submission proposals is Monday, October 17, 2016. All proposals must be submitted online at

Once submissions are reviewed and accepted, all participants in the paper panel and the plenary sessions will be required to submit a draft of their paper by Monday, January 9, 2017, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator. In addition, participants who wish to be considered for the Plenary Session must submit a draft of their paper for review by the selection committee by Monday, December 12, 2017.


Modes of Participation

We invite proposal submissions for the following categories:

  • Panel Presentations
  • Plenary Presentations
  • Posters
  • Film, Mixed Media, Poetry, Spoken Word, Musical Performance, etc. for presentation at a Multi-media Salon


Panel Presentations

Panels will consist of graduate student paper presenters and a UCLA faculty moderator who will read and provide detailed feedback and questions on each paper. Paper presentations will be 12 minutes long. Panelists will be required to submit their paper drafts by Monday, January 9, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator. We encourage paper proposals that fit the following potential panel topics, but those that do not fit these topics but do fit the general theme are also very welcome:

  • Decoloniality and Decolonial Love in Literature
  • Historical Imaginaries of Freedom, Repair, and Reparations 
  • Narrative Medicine and Revolutionary Care in Medicine, Past and Present
  • Speculative Narratives, Science, Science Fiction, and Feminist Science as Praxis
  • Gender, Health, Law, and the State
  • Debt, History, Social and Political Role, Transformative Potential
  • Intersectional Reparations 
  • Postcolonial, Decolonial, and Queer Ecologies

Panel Presentation application requirements

  • Paper proposal (3-4 double-spaced page maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of methodology and theoretical framework, explanation of your argument and supporting data, and conclusions or anticipated conclusions
  • Works Cited (1 page maximum)
  • CV (2 page maximum)


Plenary Session

A number of exceptional papers will be selected from among those submitted for Panel Presentations and will be awarded the Thinking Gender Plenary Prize. Those selected will be invited to present their papers on the Plenary Session, and their work will be read and responded to by a distinguished guest scholar. Papers will be selected based on the depth and originality of research presented, and on theoretical breadth and accessibility.

Plenary Session application requirements

  • To be considered for the Plenary Session, you must complete all of the requirements for the Panel Presentation application, and in addition, submit a draft of your paper for consideration by Monday, December 12.


Multimedia Salon

Graduate and undergraduate students will present creative work and performance in a salon atmosphere, which relies on a fluid relationship between audience and performer. We welcome the submission of poetry, spoken word, short film, photography, musical, and other kinds of performance to the salon. Successful submissions will demonstrate a high quality of work, a strong theoretical base, and audience accessibility and participation.

Multimedia Salon application requirements

  • Description of the work that you plan to present with discussion of its relationship to the conference theme (1-2 double-spaced page maximum)
  • CV or Resume (2 page maximum)
  • A short work sample (film or audio files accepted)
  • Description of any technological needs (i.e., video projection, amplified sound, etc.)


Poster Session

Graduate students, undergraduate students, activists, and community organizations will present visually compelling research posters, the presentation of which will be integrated into the Multimedia Salon. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference.

Poster Session application requirements

  • Poster Proposal (2-3 double-spaced page maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of methodology and theoretical framework, explanation of your argument and supporting data, and conclusions or anticipated conclusions
  • CV or Resume (2 page maximum)

All materials must be submitted online. Only complete submissions received by the October 17th deadline will be considered.




Contact Winter Schneider, 2017 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator,


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