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Genders, Bodies, Borders
Ann Arbor, MI, October 1997


The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan invites proposals for presentations at the graduate student-organized conference entitled Genders, Bodies, Borders. The topic of this conference has been planned to coincide with the Fall 1997 Literature, Science, and the Arts Theme Semester of the same name. This conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines and at all stages in their careers (faculty, graduate and undergraduate students) for a conference of mixed form, such as paper presentations, round-table discussions, pre-read panels, and poster sessions. We encourage submissions from scholars at all levels and from all disciplines. We would welcome applications for complete panel proposals and/or individual papers. The goal of this conference is to bring together gender studies and international studies. By genders, bodies, borders, we mean the following: the term genders often implies cultural constructions which can contrast with the term bodies which is more suggestive of biology. The last term, borders, refers to national boundaries, the not-so-constructed geographical and topographical distances, and the fluidity and interaction of these. Borders also encourages awareness of the relationship between the socially constructed and the real. Suggested topic areas include, but are in no way limited to: --how are nationalisms gendered? --crossing borders: economic, generational, geographical, legal, racial, religious, sexual, social... --the politics of international and national health --explorations of the changing roles of women and men in post-Cold war societies --how has religion shaped women's and men's political participation in various cultures? --cultural and/or political constructions of sexualities --how are bodies made, contested, and experienced? --how have the representations of genders and bodies change over time? -- artistic representations of genders, bodies, borders in various international and national contexts Since space is limited, please submit a 250-500 word abstract by MAY 15, 1997 to: Jayne London, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 172 Rackham, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070, USA. Submissions via electronic mail are encouraged ( If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jayne London by email or by phone (+1-313-647-6341).