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The Global Conference on Women and Gender

Gender, Politics, and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance, and Representation

March 18 - 20, 2021

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We have reserved the same theme from our postponed 2020 conference: Gender, Politics and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance and Representation.

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.

Topics may include but are not limited to the past and/or present intersection of gender and politics in:

  • Suffrage expansion
  • Feminism
  • Voting and candidacy
  • Organizing and activism
  • Media representation
  • Artistic and literary expression
  • Motherhood and family life
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Reproductive rights
  • Race and racism
  • Disability rights
  • Employment
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Health
  • Violence
  • Religion
  • Law
  • Business and management
  • Leadership
  • Social media

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 October 15, 2020.

Please include with your abstract your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (graduate student, professor, artist, etc.). Abstracts that greatly exceed the 500-word count may not be considered. We will also include a few competitively selected undergraduate panels in the 2021 conference. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and those accepted will be notified no later than October 30, 2020.

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

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Conference Location

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

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


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


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Women, Social Change, and Activism: Then and Now


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