About the Conference
Critically reflecting on the transformations of Feminist Studies as a discipline, this conference aims to examine the past, present, and future of feminist studies as a field of academic inquiry. Drawing together scholars from the Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Program in Women’s Studies at UCSB with current graduate and doctoral emphasis students in the now Feminist Studies program, this conference provides a unique occasion to reflect on the trends in the field, examine constructions of feminist histories, and provide future directions for research, curriculum, and pedagogy.
The purpose of this conference is two-fold. First, we hope to bring together a vibrant intellectual community of scholars who can present their own work while reflecting on the trajectories of the field. The conference also provides an opportunity to consider the transformations of our Ph.D. program, formulated nearly five years ago, and its focus on “Gender and Sexualities,” Race and Nation”, and “Productive and Reproductive Labors.” Secondly, this conference provides an invaluable opportunity for current graduate students to receive comments on their emerging scholarship. As such, this conference hopes to foster a scholarly community with those who came before, providing an opportunity for graduate students to workshop their own research and gain commentary from more advanced scholars.
The conference will be held February 9th – 11th, 2012 at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the McCune Conference Room.