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Call for papers for 25th Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium

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Participants in past Women's and Gender Studies Symposiums.

The 25th annual Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Symposium will be Friday, March 20, at the Illinois State University Alumni Center.

Organizers are calling for papers, presentations, panels, and performances for the symposium. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit on any topic related to the study of women and/or gender and its intersections with race, sexuality, class/caste, colonization, and (dis)ability.

Submissions are due by Friday, February 28, 2020, and should be emailed to, or dropped at the WGS office in 237 Rachel Cooper Hall.

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Arlene Stein, author of Unbound: Transgender Men and the Transformation of Identity.

The symposium will feature keynote speaker Professor of Sociology Arlene Stein. The author of Unbound: Transgender Men and the Transformation of Identity, Stein is the director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on gender, sexuality, American culture, and politics. Stein received the Ruth Benedict Prize in 2001 for her monograph The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights. In 2006, Stein received the American Sociological Association’s Simon and Gagnon Award for her career contribution to the study of sexualities. She teaches courses on the sociology of gender and sexuality, culture, self and society, and trauma/memory, and writing within and beyond academia.

Those with questions can contact Jamie Anderson at (309) 438-2947 or

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