The Global Conference on Women and Gender

Due to uncertainty caused by Covid-19, the 2022 Conference will now be all virtual.

Community, Care and Crisis

March 17 - 19, 2022

This interdisciplinary conference brings together participants from all academic fields to engage in wide-ranging, critical conversations about:

  • How communities are developed, fostered and destroyed in the small- and large-scale
  • Who is most entitled to care and who must/can give it
  • How crisis affects both communities as a whole and the individuals within them
  • How all of these questions are shaped by the ways gender is constructed, legislated, resisted and performed

We encourage contributors to have an expansive understanding of the conference theme as participants discuss the past, present and future of community, care and crisis throughout the world.

Topics may include but are not limited to the ways community, care, and crisis intersect with:

  • Race and racism
  • Feminism
  • Organizing, activism and protest
  • Media representation and social media
  • Artistic and literary expression
  • Motherhood, fatherhood and family life
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Reproductive rights
  • Disability
  • Employment and poverty
  • Violence
  • Religion
  • Law
  • Business, management and leadership
  • Language and linguistics and rhetoric
  • Migrations and refugees
  • Monuments, commemoration and memory
  • Grief
  • Global inequality
  • Justice, equity, diversity
  • Caregiving
  • Education and the academy
  • Real and imagined community boundaries
  • Community and contagion
  • COVID-19 and crisis
  • HIV/AIDS and health and bioethics
  • Voting rights and expansion
  • Political candidacy and elections

Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not limited to art, history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, environmental science, medicine, biomedical ethics, economics, political science, gender studies, communication studies and literature. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals.

Both panel and individual paper proposals are welcome. Please submit a 350 to 500-word abstract by November 1, 2021.

Please include with your abstract: your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (graduate student, professor, artist, etc.). We may be able to offer limited virtual presentation opportunities, and you may indicate your preference when submitting. Abstracts that greatly exceed the 500-word count may not be considered. We will also include a few competitively selected undergraduate panels in the 2022 conference. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and those accepted will be notified no later than December 15.

Paper presentations will ideally be 15-20 minutes in length and can be considered for our annual publication.

Please direct inquiries about the conference to

Attendee Registration

Presenter Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Presenters Fee
External faculty $200
CNU and NSU faculty $125
Graduate student $125
Undergraduate $65

Attendees Fee
Full conference $125
Daily rate $75

We ask all conference presenters and attendees to provide information on vaccination status or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

Christopher Newport University requires all faculty, students and staff to be vaccinated or to submit to weekly testing for COVID-19. At the present time, well over 90% of our campus community is vaccinated, and 100% complete a symptom survey each day. Masking is currently required for indoor public spaces at all times. As a state institution, we will continue to follow all requirements and will adjust to changes as announced by the governor.

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.

Occasionally, international guests are caught by surprise when encountering our chilly March temperatures. Newport News averages a high of 55 degrees F (13 degrees C) and a low temperature of 37 degrees F (3 degrees C). Our indoor spaces on campus tend to run a bit cool, so plan accordingly for your comfort.

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