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.” 

Presenter Requirements

The deadline for accepted presenters and moderators is Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. All presenters, including pre-conference presenters and all moderators, must have current (2017) individual membership AND be registered for the conference no later than July 18, 2017. Membership and conference registration are two separate processes and require separate fees.

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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.

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.

NWSA 2017 Activist Scholarship
With this conference we seek to embrace both the activist roots of feminist scholarship and the contemporary intersectional and trans-national feminist leadership that seeks to build a better future for us all.  The goal of this conference is to build stronger bridges between activists and scholars. Those of us working in the Academy need to be in closer dialogue with young organizers attempting to put theory into practice.  Conversely, organizers could benefit from scholarship that helps to frame and contextualize the work they are doing on the ground and the larger historical trajectory out of which it emerges. Toward this end, we would like to create 30 - $1,000 travel scholarships to facilitate the robust participation of a cohort of national feminist organizers working in the Movement for Black Lives.


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