The GCWS Student Conference
Student-led professional development event developing graduate student leadership
THE GCWS GRaduate Student conference
The GCWS Graduate Student Conference occurs in alternating years, with a smaller student-focused event in the years in between. The GCWS Graduate Student Conference is envisioned, developed, and implemented by a team of graduate students from the nine member institutions. This team, in accordance with the GCWS mission, is made up of a variety of disciplines, frameworks, backgrounds, and interests. The GCWS Program Manager and Board of Directors provides advice and mentorship during the planning and implementation process.
Student conference organizers will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills that are valuable to careers both inside and outside the academy. The organizing team handles all aspects of the conference, including:
Organizing panels and projects
Publicizing the events
Arranging venue and vendors
If you are interested in organizing the conference or have an idea for an interesting conference theme, email the GCWS Program Manager.
Student conference presenters will have the opportunity to present their research related to a range of topics, practice their presentation skills, and network with students and faculty from across the Boston area and the country.
Learn more about former conferences
In her 1988 book A Burst of Light, Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” The concept of self-care, which arose through the activist practices specifically of marginalized groups, has been increasingly adopted and discussed by health care settings, non-profit organizations, commercial and marketing enterprises, and psychological approaches.
Join us for a free half day conference at MIT on how the recent #MeToo movement has impacted higher education, specifically at the graduate level.
In the late 1960s, the statement “the personal is political” emerged as a central rallying cry for feminist activists. While salient before, it has become all the more urgent in light of the 2016 United States election results. Given this, our conference seeks to investigate how this slogan has been, can be, or is now being mobilized as a concept for resistance by marginalized groups theoretically, analytically, and practically.
The graduate students from nine universities of the Boston-area Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies present an interdisciplinary graduate student symposium entitled "Power and (In)Visibility," to be held at MIT on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
GCWS Student Conference 2008
Jokes, satire, parody, and comedic performance can be powerful tools for challenging the status quo or for conforming to it. They have the potential to transform discourse, yet it is in these forms that our most troubling and violently disfiguring assumptions about gender, race, class, and sexual orientation can find their longest life. "Humor" can both enable and disable speech; it is available to some and prohibited for others.
GCWS Student Conference 2007
Theories of race, multiculturalism, Marxism, postcolonialism, and feminism ground work in Women's and Gender Studies – we will consider what realities these theories address (or ignore), what praxis they strengthen (or fail to), what communities they reach, and which they may leave behind. Is the grassroots and activist sentiment inspiring these concepts trumped by the theoretical vocabulary used to describe them? Do the pressures of academies and institutions limit the execution of diverse expressions of feminism in the classroom and on the ground?
GCWS Student Conference 2006
What does this mean in an age we have come to call 'globalized,' in which the flow of information, labor, goods, and bodies takes place with unprecedented speed and in ever-shifting patterns? And in the context of women's, gender, and queer studies, what does it mean for women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender persons, and anyone else who stands outside or astride the boundaries of conventional gender/sexual norms?