CFP: Histories of Disadvantage. Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics (Event: Phoenix, 11/2018); DL: 16.02.2018

44th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) (Web)

  • Conference of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Network: „Histories of Disadvantage. Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics“

Venue: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Time: November 8-11, 2018
Abstracts due February 16, 2018

  • Pre-Conference: „Border Crossings: Gender, Sexuality, and Rights“

Venue: University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, USA
Time: November 8-11, 2018
Abstracts due February 16, 2018

„Dear current and future Women, Gender and Sexuality network members and affiliates, it was a pleasure to see so many of you in Montreal this year. Next year’s conference will take place from November 8 to 11, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ. The theme is ‚Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics.‘ Please find attached our network’s informal Call for Papers for next year’s meeting. At our WGS network meeting in Montreal many of you have suggested possible themes for panels that would complement the overall theme of the conference. Great! Please note that our thematic focus does not foreclose submissions on other themes on women, gender and sexuality. In fact, we hope to organize several Author-Meets-Critics panels featuring the excellent work of network participants as well as panels that connect the overall conference motto, histories of disadvantage, to historical meanings, mechanisms, and politics of the meeting place of Arizona.

We also are excited to announce a Second Call for Papers, inviting you to join our one-day pre-conference with a focus on Border Crossings: Gender, Sexuality, and Rights at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ (about 1.5 hours from Phoenix). The pre-conference theme is inspired by Gloria Anzaldúa’s seminal contributions to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and will give us the opportunity to engage with the geographical location of the conference.

While we encourage contributions related to regional themes of borders and borderlands, histories of rebellious actions, and mobilization for rights (widely defined), we will be happy to consider papers or panels from all geographical regions that address related themes, offer new theoretical frameworks, and present materials that allow us to compare, contrast, and illustrate the complexity of rights (including, but not limited to legal concepts of gender/sexual power and norms, international/national dimensions of social/cultural/political/legal constructs of human rights, refugees and power/empowerment) as well as border crossings (including but not limited to the complexities of physical trespassing of nation-state borders, cultural ruptures, gendered and sexual transgressions).

Please note that we invite presenters and participants to arrive on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for an informal reception; we plan to offer one night at a hotel to conference presenters pre-ceding our one-day conference on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Regarding SSHA conference submissions: a full panel should have a chair, discussant and four presenters (ideally four papers, though we will accept panels with five presenters as well). Preferably, panels should unite presenters from more than one discipline. We encourage panel organizers to bring together graduate students and scholars at different stages of their careers. If your panel is short of authors, discussant and/or chair, please let us know and we will do our best to help you complete the panel. Panel organizers should make sure potential participants are aware of the registration fees and are prepared to attend even if their potential travel grants fall through. As always, we are happy to help out with whatever query you might have.

For additional general information, please see

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Pre-Conference Submissions: we accept papers and panels and plan to collaborate with Arizona faculty.


Contact information:
Dominique Grisard:
Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney:
Martin Gössl:

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