2020 Red River Women's Studies Conference

Imperfect History
October 23, 2020
Virtual Conference


Conference Theme:

On October 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, achieved final approval for all the states in the union. A century later, women are running for office, engaging in politics, and voting at higher rates than men. One hundred years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we have much to celebrate.

However, not all women benefitted from ratification equally. Native American women finally earned U.S. citizenship rights in 1924 that provided voting rights; Chinese women immigrants received the right to vote in 1943; and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 increased the opportunities for African American women to vote. Despite legislation, laws and policies continue to prevent all American women from voting.

The theme of the 2020 Red River Women's Studies Conference is Imperfect History. The online conference will focus on suffrage, the right to vote, and the challenges to the vote that exist yet today. However, submissions that reflect any aspect of Imperfect History are invited as well. 

Panels can be pre-recorded or scheduled live through Zoom. NDSU will set up sessions for both. The recordings and links to live sessions will be posted in a program format on a password protected page through NDSU's WGS website.

Keynote Speakers:

This year we are excited to announce that our keynote speakers are Heidi Heitkamp and Heather Keeler. 

Heidi Heitkamp was the first woman from North Dakota elected to the U.S. Senate and served from 2013 to 2019. In 2020, she was selected by USA Today for North Dakota's "Women of the Century."

Heather Keeler serves on the Fargo Native American Commission and the Moorhead Human Rights Commission. She is currently running for election to the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 4A.   

Session Types:

1) Full Paper Panels

  • Panels should consist of three to four presenters who will speak for 10-15 minutes each. Please include a chair/moderator and, if desired, a commentator.
  • Proposals should include:
    • Panel Title
    • 500-word abstract for a panel on topics related to the theme of “Imperfect History.” Submissions on more general Women/Gender Studies topics will be accepted. Interdisciplinary topics are welcomed.
    • Full name of participants, their role (presenter/moderator/etc), their individual paper titles, contact information, and their institutional affiliation/independent scholar.

2) Roundtables

  • Roundtable panels should consist of three to five discussants with one moderator.
  • Proposals should include:
    • Roundtable title
    • 500-word abstract for a discussion on topics related to the theme of “Imperfect History.” Submissions on more general Women/Gender Studies topics will be accepted. Interdisciplinary topics are welcomed.
    • Full name of participants, their role (presenter/moderator/etc), contact information, and their institutional affiliation/independent scholar.

3) Single Paper

  • Individual submissions on presentation topics covering areas of Women/Gender Studies will be considered.
  • Accepted individual submissions will be placed on full panels with others that have similar topics. 
  • Presenters will have 15 minutes.
  • Proposals should include:
    • Title of  presentation/paper
    • 200 word abstract on a topic related to the theme of “Imperfect History.” Submissions on more general Women/Gender Studies topics will be accepted. Interdisciplinary topics are welcomed.
    • Full name of participant, contact information, and their institutional affiliation/independent scholar.

4) Lightening Round

  • Lightning rounds consist of 6-10 presenters and 1-2 chairs. Each participant is given 5-8 minutes to present an elevator pitch on their topic in quick succession (50 minutes for all participants). The chair(s) act as timekeeper and moderate 40 minutes of question and answer.
  • Interested participants should submit individually, and they will be placed in a session.
  • Proposals should include:
    • Topic Title
    • 200-word abstract on topics related to the theme of “Imperfect History.” Submissions on more general Women/Gender Studies topics will be accepted. Interdisciplinary topics are welcomed.
    • Full name of participant, contact information, and their institutional affiliation/independent scholar.

5) Student Posters

  • Posters on topics covering areas of Women/Gender Studies will be considered.
  • Posters can be virtual designs or high resolution images of a traditional posterboard.
  • Proposals should include:
    • Title of poster
    • 200 word abstract on a topic related to the theme of “Imperfect History.” Submissions on more general Women/Gender Studies topics will be accepted. Interdisciplinary topics are welcomed.
    • Full name of participant, contact information, and their institutional affiliation/independent scholar.
Submissions:

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, September 25, 2020. Please submit using the Google Form here.

Registration:

The scale for registration fees is as follows:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Free
  • Independent Scholars/ Recent Graduates: $5
  • Secondary Educators/College Faculty: $10


You can register for the conference here.

Request for Chairs and Commentators:

If you are interested in serving as a chair or commentator, fill out the form here.

Organizations:

Organizations affiliated with an institution can be included as part of the virtual conference. These can include student organizations. Please fill out this form with organizational information, a contact, and files for resources.

Questions?

Please email NDSU’s WGS Director, Dr. Ashley Baggett at ashley.baggett@ndsu.edu.

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