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2014 NWSA Annual Conference: Feminist Transgressions
November 13-16, 2014 • San Juan, Puerto Rico

Registration is now open.
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014. After November 6, registration will only be available onsite. Registration is located on the second floor of the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Acceptable payment onsite: major credit cards or checks made payable to the National Women's Studies Association.

NWSA's annual conference regularly draws more than 1,500 attendees and is the only annual meeting in the US exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship.

NWSA’s 2014 conference theme, Feminist Transgressions, endeavors to take up the histories, geographies, affective dimensions, and political stakes of various feminist insubordinations in the spaces they occupy: intellectual and institutional, local and global, public and intimate, by choice and under duress. Mobilizing the multivalent concept of transgression helps reframe interrogations and impositions into those locations where we labor, love, defy, resist, protest, play, create, and/or celebrate. 

Resume Review for Graduate Students

NWSA has instituted a program specifically for graduate students going on the job market, both academic and non-academic. Students can sign up for 45-minute one-on-one meetings in which a student can bring in her/his cover letter and CV or resume and get feedback on those documents from a person employed in the field of women 's and gender studies. Please note that space for resume review is limited and we may turn some applicants away due to the great demand for the service. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the volunteer coordinators of the project.

The deadline for applications has passed.  Those who submitted applications will be contacted in early November.

Employment Services
There are a limited number of employment service interview spaces available for hiring institutions at the 2014 NWSA Conference.  To reserve an interview, please complete this form and return it to Patti Provance, Deputy Director no later than September 30, 2014 at
Employment Service Dates and Times:
Friday – Saturday, November 14, 15                           9AM – 7PM
Sunday, November 16                                                   9AM – 12PM
Hiring institutions are responsible for arranging interviews directly with prospective candidates at mutually convenient times during the scheduled service hours.  This is not an open job fair.  Only those applicants with scheduled interview times should enter the area.  Hiring institutions should indicate that applicants should indicate that they are attending the conference in their cover letter.
Please instruct candidates to remain in the designated waiting area outside the Employment Service area for you to lead them to your booth. 
Employer Registration Fee Includes:
•Dedicated small private interview space
•Interview hours from 9AM-7 PM Friday, and Saturday, and from 9 AM-Noon Sunday
•Unlimited job postings on the NWSA website from the time fee is paid through November 30, 2014
•Special listing on the conference "Employment Service" website area
To list the position on the NWSA website, you will need to complete an online form in the employment area of the website.
___  $350 Member Institution Fee
                To qualify your institution must have a current 2014 institutional membership with NWSA
___  $650  Non-member Institutions
Participating interviewers must also register for the conference.

2014 Annual Conference Schedule
General conference session will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 13 and the last session on Sunday, November 16 will end at  1:15 p.m.
  • The conference schedule is now available HERE.
  • To save a personal schedule, please login to and click "2014 Conference Schedule" in your member portal and click through to "View the Online Program"
2014 Scheduling Information
The 2014 General Conference will start on Thursday, November 13 at 1 p.m. 15% of the sessions will take place on the ï¬Ârst day. Nearly 30% of the conference will take place on Sunday, with the last breakout session ending at 1:15 p.m. NWSA strives to avoid subject matter conflicts to the best of our abilities. Click here to learn more about scheduling.

Presenter Requirements
Time Period to Meet Presenter Requirements:  April 17 – July 15
NWSA provides 89 days to complete the presenter and moderator requirements.  Read more about the requirements and how to fulfill them.

Keynote Address: bell hooks
Dr. bell hooks is a noted cultural critic, commentator, and feminist, is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College. Born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, she has chosen the lower case pen name bell hooks, based on the names of her mother and grandmother, to emphasize the importance of the substance of her writing as opposed to who she is. Prior to accepting the Distinguished Professorship at Berea College and returning to Kentucky, bell hooks has taught at Yale, Oberlin College, and City College of New York. Educated at UC- Santa Cruz, UW- Madison and Stanford, Dr. bell hooks is the author of over thirty books, many of which have focused on issues of social class, race, and gender. In 2013, she published the award-winning poetry collection Appalachian Elegy and the critical text,Writing Beyond Race. Most recently, hooks published “Dig Deep: A Response to Lean In” which appeared as a special feature for The Feminist Wire. She continues to cultivate intellectual community dialogues by hosting dynamic events through The bell hooks Institute. 

Travel Support
NWSA has received a generous gift from an anonymous donor to support travel grants to the NWSA conference. NWSA is working to match the gift to support the presentation of work by emerging scholars in women’s studies. Learn more and give today!