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The Global Conference on Women and Gender


In order to be mindful of the health and safety of participants, Christopher Newport University faculty and students, we feel that it is best to cancel this year’s conference.

We will move ahead in planning for next year’s conference, reserving the topic and emphasis for March 18-21, 2021. We will welcome all accepted participants, as well as others who may join us.

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Conference Events and Speakers

This year's conference theme is Gender, Politics and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance and Representation, to be held at Christopher Newport University.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together participants from all academic fields to engage in wide-ranging conversations on gender and politics around the world. While formal politics loom large in 2020, we encourage an expansive understanding of political action and expression, inspired by Carol Hanisch’s essay, “The Personal is Political,” which sees all relationships of power as political and connects women’s experiences, self-expression, and values to their lives as political actors and subjects.

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Conference Location

Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606

Reiff Center for Human Rights Invited Speaker

Dawn Teele
University of Pennsylvania
Author of Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote (Princeton University Press)

Teele has won several prizes, including the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for the study of women in politics and the Gabriel Almond Prize from the American Political Science Association. Her research has been published in a variety of outlets in political science, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and Politics & Society. She is editor of a volume on social science methodology, Field Experiments and Their Critics, (Yale University Press 2014), and co-editor of an edited volume that is currently in progress, Good Reasons to Run: Women and Political Candidacy.

Embodying Redemption Through Theater

Brittney S. Harris
Old Dominion University

Premiering in January 2019 at Virginia Tech as a collective production effort that developed over a three-month span, Being B.A.D. is an example of the theatrical pedagogical term "activist theatre."

Harris will share her process in conceiving the original one-woman show – a theatrical production that embodies creative resistance against oppressive gender stereotypes and domestic violence.

Speakers on Current Political Projects

Tiffany Boyle
Commissioner of the Revenue
Virginia's First Minority Business Commission

Dr. Colita Fairfax
Remarks on the Census

Time for Ilhan

Screening and discussion of the Emmy award-winning documentary about the journey of rising political star Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the nation’s first Somali Muslim legislator, and her quest to redefine politics in America.

Reading of MISTRESSES and Q&A

Invited playwright Liz Linkewitz

An all-female cast shares the untold stories of real and alleged presidential mistresses in this timely exploration of what it means to be “the other” woman. The piece is inspired by actual people and chronicles the infidelities which have shaped our country’s past. MISTRESSES showcases multiple confirmed presidential affairs and highlights others that remain only as rumor. This new American drama blurs the lines our society draws between the political and personal, morality and indecency, love and lust. From a youthful Monica Lewinsky and her high-stakes relationship to Kay Summersby’s precarious romance with her commanding officer, this monologue play features women whose personal narratives rewrite history.


CNU students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend conference events without registering. Meals and the keynote address are by invitation only.

Registration Fees


Professional / Faculty / Independent Scholar or Artist $200
Graduate Student / CNU Faculty / NSU Faculty $125
Undergraduate Student $65


Full conference $125
Daily rate $75

The deadline to submit abstracts and register as a presenter has passed. The deadline to receive a refund for the conference fee is January 31st, 2020. We may not be able to issue a refund after that date.

Registration will remain open for attendees up until the conference dates.

Accommodations and Travel

Travel Information

Nearby airports

  • Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF): 10-15 minutes
  • Norfolk International Airport (ORF) – 30-45 minutes
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) – approximately 1 hour

Train Station
Amtrak – Newport News

Bus Station
Greyhound – Hampton, Virginia

Driving Directions


Courtyard Marriott
530 St. Johns Road
Newport News, Virginia 23602


Comfort Inn
12330 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, Virginia 23602


Both hotels offer a free shuttle service to the conference. No other local accommodations will offer transportation.


If you have been selected to present at the conference and you need an acceptance letter for your visa application, please email the following information to

Last name
First name
Date of birth
Passport number
Full home address
Title of your presentation

We will send you a formal letter for your application, but we cannot assure that you will receive a visa. Unfortunately, it is out of our control.


We often publish a selection of top papers from the conference and will provide further details to conference participants.

  • All individual presentations should be limited to 20 minutes in order to leave time for questions from the audience.
  • We will not accept papers in absentia.
  • Closer to the conference date, we will email all participants asking for A/V requirements. All of our conference rooms have A/V setups.
  • All paper submissions for the conference are peer-reviewed by the conference committee.

In order to participate in this conference, individuals or their sponsoring institution/organization must fund their own travel and lodging expenses. We are unable to provide financial assistance.

The registration fee typically includes an opening reception, dinner, breakfast and one additional RSVP lunch option. The fee also includes shuttle transportation to and from the conference hotel.

We will send you a formal letter for your application, but we cannot assure that you will receive a visa. Unfortunately, it is out of our control.

Previous Conferences

2016 - Inaugural Conference
Keynote speaker: Sheryl WuDunn

2017 - Understanding, Defining and Preventing Violence
Keynote speaker: Rosemary Trible

2018 - Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now
Keynote speaker: Yeonmi Park

2019 - Intersectionality: Understanding Women’s Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present
Keynote speaker: Sophia Nelson

2019 Agenda


North Korean Defector, Activist Yeonmi Park to Speak at CNU


Questions About Events and Women of 1619 Frame Conversation at CNU Conference



The Global Status of Women and Girls: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Communicating Gender)


Selected Papers from the Conference on Global Status of Women and Girls: Understanding, Defining, and Preventing Violence


Women, Social Change, and Activism: Then and Now


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