Student Conference Schedule

GCWS Student Conference


Dates: March 29 & 30, 2019

Location: MIT campus

Keynote speaker: Soraya Chemaly, Author of Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger (2018)

We are excited to update this page as papers, projects, and speakers are confirmed. Please check back soon!

Friday march 29, 2019

Keynote Address by Soraya Chemaly will be followed by an evening reception.

Time and location TBA.

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and media critic whose writing appears regularly in national and international media including The Atlantic, The Nation, Verge, Quartz, TIME, Salon, The Guardian and The New Statesman. She speaks frequently on topics related to inclusivity, free speech, sexualized violence, data and technology. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project an initiative dedicated to expanding women’s civic and political participation. She currently serves on the national boards of the Women's Media Center and Women, Action and the Media, as well as on the advisory councils of the Center for Democracy and Technology, VIDA, and Common Sense Media. As an activist, Ms. Chemaly has spear-headed multiple successful campaigns challenging corporations to address online harassment and abuse, restrictive content moderation and censorship, and institutional biases that affect free speech.

Find more information on her recent book: Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger (2018)

Saturday march 30, 2019

Saturday will host a full day of panels, workshops, and performance pieces from graduate students and others from schools across the U.S. and Canada. A full schedule and additional logistical information will be provided by early March. Please register to get additional information.

Accepted submissions include:

  • Betrayal of the Body: Medical Diagnosis as a Trauma

  • Cultural Appropriation of Sage and the Effect on American Indian Activists

  • Cyber-care: exploring the vectors of “self-” (and) “care” in Indian lgbtqia+ cyberspace

  • Safe Spaces: Protection, Care, and the Queer Midwest

  • “Self-Care”: The Continued Production and Protection of White Femininity

  • Interrogating Self-Care in Organisational Ethnography

  • "It's Why I Wake Up in the Morning": Ethical Tensions in Subjectivity and Self-Care for U.S. Queer Activists

  • Drag is What I Do; Trans is Who I Am

  • Moving from Self-Care to Communal Care

  • “I don’t need to be told things are shitty, I know”: “Self-Car Practices and Resilience Among Queer and Trans University Students in Eastern Canada”