Annual WGSS Conference

"Reproductive Justice" will be the theme of the 2017 Annual Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference planned for Saturday, March 25, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Franklin & Marshall College. Keynote speaker will be filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña, whose recent documentary, No Mas Bebes, explores the coerced sterilization of Latinas in California in the 1960s. Tajima-Peña, a professor of Asian American studies at UCLA, is an Academy Award nominee and a Guggenheim fellow.

Call for Proposals

The Central Pennsylvania Consortium (CPC), comprised of Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg Colleges announces its Annual Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference and solicits proposals for this undergraduate conference on March 25, 2017 at Franklin & Marshall College.

Focusing on the broad, timely theme of Reproductive Justice, this undergraduate conference will explore reproductive health and politics within an intersectional, social justice framework, including race, class, gender and sexual identities. Reproductive justice includes analysis of abortion rights and birth control, but also moves beyond these issues to consider the politics of sterilization, in vitro fertilization and the economics of women’s health care, among other topics. It is interested not just in reproductive rights and choices, but in how racial, political and economic hierarchies structure personal decisions and access. The theme of reproductive justice also encourages connections between issues not usually considered in mainstream discussions of reproductive health: For example, how do factors like incarceration and environmental toxins impact reproductive health?

We seek papers and proposals from undergraduate students across the disciplines and inter-disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, critical race studies, literary studies, American studies, transnational/global studies, film studies and of course women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. A detailed definition of reproductive justice can be found at www.trustblackwomen.org.

Because this conference features Professor Tajima-Peña and her film, No Mas Bebes, we are interested in papers that comment on the film and/or explore topics directly related to the film, such as the history of sterilization abuse in the United States (or transnationally) as well as the racial politics of population control.

We will screen No Mas Babes to open the conference but we also encourage participants to be familiar with the documentary prior to the conference.

We also seek papers that address reproductive justice broadly. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Trans* Health
  • Zika Virus
  • Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt (2016)
  • LGBTQ Access to In vitro-fertilization, local and global
  • Incarceration and Punishment of Pregnant Women
  • Economic and Environmental Justice
  • Reproductive Health on Campus
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Immigration and Immigrants Rights
  • Parenting Rights
  • Disability and Reproductive Justice
  • Drug Policy and Reproduction

Please send a one-page (250-word) proposal by Monday, December 5 to Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC (kathy.missildine@fandm.edu). 

At the top of your proposal, include the following contact information:

  1. Full name of presenter(s); if a panel, include all panelists’ names
  2. Institution or place of study
  3. Email address
  4. Mailing address

For further questions, contact Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC (Kathy.missildine@fandm.edu), 717-291-4282, or Maria Mitchell, Professor of History and chair of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Franklin & Marshall College (Maria.Mitchell@fandm.edu).