Annual Conference
2020 NWSA Annual Conference
The Poetics, Politics, and Praxis of Transnational Feminisms

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Submitting a Proposal

Deadline for all General Conference Proposals: February 28, 2020 11:59 PM PST
Important Note: The conference proposal submissions site is separate from the NWSA member login page.

NWSA 2019-2020 Members – Directions for submitting a proposal
If you have a current membership or had a membership with NWSA in 2019 you will be able to use your NWSA login credentials. If you do not remember your NWSA login credentials please click here to reset your password on our new site. Use the new credentials you create to then login to the conference proposal submission site and submit your proposal.

Former Members – Directions for submitting a proposal
If you did not have an NWSA membership in 2019 or do not have a current 2020 membership, please consider renewing your membership today. If you are submitting a conference proposal and do not wish to pay for your membership at this time, you will have the opportunity to retrieve your username and password from the conference proposal system (this is a separate system from the membership system) and submit your proposal.

Non-Members – Directions for submitting a proposal
Not yet a member of NWSA? If you are submitting a conference proposal and do not wish to pay for membership at this time, you will have the opportunity to create a new account on the conference proposal submissions site and submit your proposal.

Please Note: All presenters and moderators must have current membership before August 1, 2020, in order to appear on the conference program.

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Helpful Information

  • Anyone can submit a proposal to the 2020 NWSA Annual Conference including, but not limited to faculty, academic administrators, academic staff, undergraduate and graduate students, activists, artists, scholar-activists, K-12 teachers/administrators/staff/students. If you are doing or interested in research, teaching, or work (broadly-defined) in women’s/gender/sexuality/feminist studies, YOU can submit a proposal!
  • Abstracts explain to conference attendees the proposal’s topic, foci, and/or goals in a clear and succinct manner in the program. Abstracts may be revised or edited for the program.
  • Proposal rationales and abstracts serve as the basis for evaluation by the Proposal Review Committee and should include some or all of the following, as appropriate:
    • Objective or purpose of the paper, panel, workshop, etc.
    • Perspective and/or theoretical framework and/or references to relevant texts, research, or on-going debates in women’s and gender studies or related fields
    • Results and/or conclusions and point of view
    • Discussion of how the session will be structured
  • You may submit multiple proposals for the 2020 NWSA Annual Conference, but each proposal must be unique.
  • All proposal rationales MUST be explicit about how the proposed poster, panel, paper, roundtable, or workshop is grounded in specific texts, authors, or research relevant to contemporary women’s and gender studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, or other related fields.
  • Remember to remove any identifying information (individual or institution names, for example) that would compromise NWSA’s commitment to anonymous review.
    • Exception: Author Meets Critics proposal submissions will not be anonymous.
  • Proposal rationales assist proposal reviewers with evaluating the session or paper’s appropriateness for inclusion in the conference program.
  • Abstracts and proposal rationale may not exceed word limits.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

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