8th Annual International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference

IGSS 2023

Feminism & Women's Studies Gender Studies Sex & Sexuality Social Sciences (General)

The International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference is presented by the Women’s Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center at the University of Central Oklahoma with assistance from the UCO chapter of the National Organization for Women. In tandem, these organizations promote engagement with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality issues.

Our theme this year is “Queer Creation(s).” We are thinking about the many and varied ways that people ‘engender’ new things, bringing fresh ideas, artworks, social norms or practices into being. We celebrate and draw on the traditions of storytelling, world-making, and community-building often found in groups with non-traditional gender identities or sexualities. What does it mean to create queerly, or to ‘queer’ the act of creation? What are the possible relationships between procreation, re-creation, or creating in other ways? Especially in difficult circumstances, how can we create the future we desire?

All submissions are welcome - the selection committee interprets our theme broadly and encourages proposals that reflect on women’s and gender as well as queer studies. The conference will include presentations that address issues of women, gender, and sexuality studies across various disciplines, including, but not limited to, the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, activism, and STEM fields. We invite students, faculty, staff, scholars, and activists to propose papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. We also welcome proposals from artists to present or perform creative work, including literature, theater, music, dance, and visual art..


All submissions must be sent to https://forms.gle/uz4b7NqhrSCvp93a9

They must include:

1. You name, affiliation, and contact information

2. The category of presentation (History, Social Sciences, STEM, Arts, Activism, Literature and Language, Business and Economics, or Other Areas of Interest)

3. The format of presentation (e.g., roundtable, paper presentation, visual art)

4. A 250-word abstract with presentation title