2017 NWSA Annual Conference: 40 YEARS AFTER COMBAHEE: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives
November 16-19, 2017 • Baltimore, Maryland
The National Women's Studies Association leads the field of women’s studies in educational and social transformation. Established in 1977, NWSA has more than 2,000 members worldwide.  Our annual conference regularly draws more than 1,800 attendees and is the only annual meeting in the US exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship. 

NWSA is an organization of feminist scholars and scholar-activists that emerged out of the social movements of the 1960s and 70s. It is fitting then that since our 40th anniversary conference will take place in Baltimore, the site of the massive Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests of 2015, and in the year that marks the 40th anniversary of the Black feminist manifesto, the Combahee River Collective (CRC) statement, that the theme of our annual gathering will be: “40 years after Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.” 

2017 Annual Conference Schedule

The General Conference will begin on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. with the Welcome and Keynote Address. General conference breakouts will start on Friday, November 17 at 8 a.m. and end on Sunday, November 19 at 1:45 p.m.
  • The conference schedule is now available HERE.
  • To save a personal schedule, please login and click "2017 Conference Schedule" in your member portal and click through to "View the Online Program"

2017 Scheduling Information

NWSA strives to minimize subject matter conflicts, but some overlap in subject matter is inevitable. There are over 500 sessions and only 15 available time slots over the entire general conference. For example, 136 sessions focus on Black Feminisms and therefore inevitably some will be scheduled simultaneously with others on the same topic. Additional scheduling considerations include AV allocations, presenters involved with more than one session, and accessibility accommodations among others.

If you have a scheduling request, please complete this form by June 30, 2017. We will contact you with the email address provided on the form. NOTE: Scheduling requests are not guaranteed. Our ability to accommodate scheduling changes is extremely limited.

Presenter Requirements

Time Period to Meet Presenter Requirements:  April 26 – July 15

NWSA opened conference registration on Tuesday, April 26 to provide 84 days to complete the presenter requirements. Read more about the requirements and how to fulfill them.

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