The Global Conference on Women and Gender - The Global Conference on Women and Gender - Christopher Newport University

The Global Conference on Women and Gender

Education as Freedom & Transformation

March 16 - 18, 2023

This interdisciplinary conference on women and gender brings together participants from all academic fields to engage in wide-ranging conversations about education as a catalyst for freedom and transformation. Contributors are encouraged to consider education in the diversity of its forms, and how “traditional” and/or “alternative” models, both inside and outside of the classroom, intersect with the politics of gender. What are the social, economic and intellectual consequences of denying women and marginalized communities access to education? Alternatively, how may education serve as an act of resistance to systems of oppression throughout the world?

While privileging women and gender, topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Career opportunities
  • Censorship and academic freedom
  • Collaborative education models
  • Education and revolution
  • Education and disability
  • Education within the home
  • Gender and pedagogy
  • Global inequality and access to education
  • History of women's education
  • Justice, equity, diversity and the academy
  • K-12 instruction and curriculum development
  • Knowledge as power
  • Language, linguistics and rhetoric
  • Literacy
  • The literary and artistic canons
  • Media representation and social media
  • Migrations and refugees
  • Oral transmission of knowledge
  • Organizing, activism and protest
  • Parenting and homeschooling
  • Race, racism and education
  • School funding and resources
  • Schools and political campaigns
  • Stereotypes of educated women
  • Suffrage and education
  • Teaching in a pandemic

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, 2022.

Please include with your abstract: your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (e.g., graduate student, professor, artist) along with your preferred method of presenting (in person or online). Abstracts that greatly exceed the 500-word count may not be considered. We will also include a few competitively selected undergraduate panels in the 2023 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


Keynote Speaker

Eren Gruwell                Erin Gruwell

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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