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NWSA, A History 1992 – 13th National Conference

Monday, May 4, 2020  
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Cover of the 1992 conference program book

13th National Conference | "Enlarging the Circle: The Power of Feminist Education" | June 19-23, 1992 | Austin, TX

Program Highlights

The 13th National Conference in 1992 was also a scaled back meeting, though it was starting to take the shape of previous national conferences. Excluding the now-closed African-American Women Caucus, every constituency group from the 1990 conference met this year as well. While there were no letters from the NWSA governance in the program to contextualize the intention behind the theme, "Enlarging the Circle: The Power of Feminist Education," the roughly eighty sessions focused mainly on feminist methodology and pedagogy and program administration, as well as some emphasis on the axes of race, dis/ability, class, and age.

In addition to the panels, plenaries, keynotes, etc. that have been the heart of the annual conference since its inception, the exhibit hall is an important gathering place for authors, publishers, book stores, non-profits, and conference participants. Take a look at these ads from the 1992 conference and from the 2019 conference, from longtime NWSA exhibitors and advertisers. Click the images to enlarge.

1992 Beacon Press 2019 Beacon Press

1992 Feminist Studies 2019 Feminist Studies

1992 University of Illinois Press 2019 University of Illinois Press

1992 University of Minnesota Press 2019 University of Minnesota Press

1992 Rutgers Press 2019 Rutgers Press

1992 SUNY Press 2019 SUNY Press

List of 1992 program committee members

See the full program here

NWSA Governance

Below are the 1992 NWSA governance members, as well as the NWSA staff team. You can see the current Governing Council members, conference co-chairs, and staff members here.

YEAR Coordinating Council Members

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About the Writer

Victoria Agunod is the office assistant at the National Women's Studies Association, as well as an adjunct faculty member in the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul University. Victoria received their BA and MA in Women's and Gender Studies at DePaul. They first attended NWSA in 2018 and presented their research on university students organizing for racial justice against the new alt-right galvanized by the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They joined the NWSA team the following year. Their teaching emphases are on women of color feminisms, racial justice movements and organizing, and neoliberal rhetorical and cultural influences.

Please note: The information compiled in this project comes from the archived conference programs at the University of Maryland, College Park.