The Third Annual Graduate Student Gender and Sexualities Conference
Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago
Engendering Change is a graduate student-led conference that brings together Chicago-area graduate students from all disciplines to share their scholarship on gender and sexualities with one another. The conference provides an opportunity for graduate students working in related areas to share knowledge and experience, learn about new theoretical and methodological directions, create intellectual networks, and promote collaboration. Conference planners seek to create intellectual conversation across disciplines and between gender/sexualities scholars and those who study other forms of social inequalities in order to promote intersectional scholarship.
Engendering Change was first organized in 2011. Each year, a different Chicago-area university hosts the event. The first year of the conference was held at Northwestern University and was co-sponsored with the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nearly 80 people attended the two-day conference, which had seven academic panels and one faculty panel on academic careers in gender studies. Twenty students presented, representing six universities. The second conference was held at the University of Chicago in April 2012 and co-sponsored with Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference program included nine academic panels in addition to two faculty panels that addressed the pleasures and dangers of teaching gender and sexuality and reflected on the Wal-Mart gender discrimination case. Thirty-five students presented, representing nine universities.
Engendering Change 2013 will be held on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. The conference will start on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 5:30PM with a special event at the Jane Addams Hull House with keynote speaker Rose Brewer. Graduate student panels, as well as a themed faculty panel, will take place on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at Student Center East.
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