Papers: "Gender, Sexuality, and Poverty"
the Central Pennsylvania Consortium
March 31, 2012
8:30 am – 4:00
College, Gettysburg PA
The Central Pennsylvania Consortium (CPC), comprised of Dickinson, Franklin and
Marshall, and Gettysburg Colleges, sponsors an annual conference on women's
studies. The theme of the 2012 conference, held at Gettysburg College in
Gettysburg, PA, is "Gender, Sexuality, and Poverty."
Keynote speaker is Dean
Spade, Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, author of Normal
Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans
Politics, and the Limits of Law
and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project for gender non-conforming people
focusing on people of color and poor people.
The issue of poverty is particularly relevant in these times of global economic
crisis, and scholars in women’s and gender studies are interrogating how gender
hierarchies, gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation,
intersect with political economic processes to shape people’s opportunities and
access to resources. They also explore how poverty shapes women’s and men’s
gendered lives in many forms. We solicit papers on topics relevant to this
theme and we especially welcome papers that focus on people and topics outside
of the United States. Broad themes we hope to discuss at this conference
include, but are not limited to:
- globalization, neoliberalism
- current and past economic
- institutional and structural
reproduction of class;
- media representations of
- gendered economics;
- feminist and queer critiques of
- policy implications;
- theoretical, practical, and
enacted responses and solutions to combat poverty.
Papers may focus on such topics as women's and girls’ experiences
with poverty as workers, partners, mothers, daughters; poverty and LGBTI Youth;
feminization of poverty; poverty and sexual identities and practices; globalization,
sex work, and sex tourism; occupational segregation and wage gaps; agency in
the context of poverty; connections between gender, sexuality, race and class
identity performances and institutionalized identities; gender, immigration and
poverty; the state and welfare policies; poverty and cultural/social capital;
the new “culture of poverty” theory and its critics; poverty, individualism and
community; gender, poverty, food, and health; gender, poverty and the
environment; experiences and approaches to ending poverty; individual, family
and community responses; innovative responses by governments, international
organizations and non-governmental organizations; the limits of the law and a
rights-based approach; collective action and other forms of activism nationally
and globally, among other sites of inquiry and experience.
We welcome proposals ~ individual presentations and panels ~ from
across the disciplines and interdisciplines, including the humanities, social
sciences, and sciences. We particularly encourage undergraduate and graduate
students to submit proposals.
Please submit a one-page (250 words) proposal.
Include: presenter’s name(s) and title(s), title of paper, name of institution
or office, email
address, and phone number
Deadline: no later than December 1, 2011
Submit to: Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant
to the Central PA Consortium
More details about the conference, including
online registration, will follow in February. There is no cost for the
conference, and lunch is provided. Presenters are responsible for their
travel and lodging expenses.