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Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making

May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Surviving and Thriving:  Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making
Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference
Hosted by Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
May 17-19, 2018
The theme, “Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making,” emphasizes the role of gender in rural community formation and survival. It allows for exploration of the ways that gendered identity (as women, men, or bi- and trans-) and raced identity (within separatist communities, segregated neighborhoods, or integrated spaces) affected personal power, individual choice, and community development. These subjects lend themselves to exploration of rural activism, business development, cultural expression, self-governance, and collective experiences—both historical and contemporary—locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
RWSA is an international association founded in 1997 to promote and advance farm and rural women’s/gender studies in a historical perspective by encouraging research, promoting scholarship, and establishing and maintaining links with organizations that share these goals. RWSA welcomes academic scholars, public historians and archivists, graduate students, and representatives of rural organizations and communities as conference participants and members.
Presentations take many forms at RWSA conferences, including workshops, panel sessions, tours, interactive sessions, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, open-mic discussions, performances, readings, and audiovisual presentations. The RWSA encourages inter-, trans- or multi-disciplinary approaches that connect rural women’s/gender history and present-day political, ecological, or social and economic concerns, worldwide. The RWSA seeks to integrate creative work with the conference theme, and we encourage artists working in visual, film, performative, and literary genres to submit their ideas to make the conference most dynamic.
The theme: Surviving and Thriving encourages exploration of severalsub-themes:
  • coping with change using creative and alternative strategies
  • ecofeminism; natural resources; environmental legacies, livelihoods and politics
  • sustainable development, feminism, activism and social justice
  • rural economics; gendered and spatial analysis of poverty, economic inequality, and wealth
  • folkways, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and cultural identities
Please submit the following information by 31 May 2017.
1. Title of paper/panel/poster/workshop/performance (working title is acceptable).
2. 200 word description/abstract of paper, panel, poster, workshop, performance, etc.
3. Brief vita/bio of presenter or panel participants and complete contact information for all.
Please indicate if your proposal does not fit in the regular session time of 1.5 hour with three presentations and discussion. We will contact you if your proposal has been accepted.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as a single word document) to:
If it is not possible to send your proposal electronically, please send by regular mail to:
Cherisse Jones-Branch
Professor of History
Department of History
P.O. Box 1690
State University, AR 72467
p: (870) 972-3291


Rural Women’s Studies Association


Ohio University
Athens, OH 4571 United States + Google Map

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