The Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University is proud to host SEWSA 2015: “Trafficking in Gender: Feminist Dialogues on Embodiment.” The 2015 Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference will be held at the Wyndham Hotel in Boca Raton on March 26-29, 2015. We look forward to welcoming you to South Florida!

We invite paper abstracts and complete panel, workshop, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of gender and embodiment. We especially encourage those that engage the conference theme to discuss feminism in relation to the themes of (im)mobility, trafficking, and movement. Gayle Rubin’s landmark essay, “The Traffic in Women: Notes on the ‘Political Economy’ of Sex,” provides a touchstone for SEWSA 2015 conference theme, with its references to cultural anthropology, theories of sex and gender, activism, histories of sexual subcultures, deviance, SM, prostitution, and “modes of reproduction.”

Suggested topics/approaches for proposals:

•             routes of transnational feminist politics

•             body trafficking, displaced and misplaced bodies

•             various forms of illicit trafficking (organs, cultural objects, drugs)

•             anti-trafficking movements and activism

•             engendering health

•             narratives of activism

•             pedagogical meditations on teaching gender and embodiment

•             circulations of cultural production (music, film, literature, visual arts)

The conference topic is inspired by our Center’s current initiative to raise awareness about sex trafficking, particularly in South Florida. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center found that the state of Florida ranked 3rd in the number of phone calls amassed by their human trafficking hotline in 2011. Our keynote speaker, Carrie N. Baker, an Associate Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, has published The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment (Cambridge UP, 2004), and her current research is on sex trafficking.

We invite you to submit individual proposals of 250 words in a Word document for this general call for papers and ask that you also review the LGBTQ, People of Color, and Student caucus CFPs for their submission requirements. Caucus submissions are due by January 9, 2015 and general admissions will be accepted through November 1st. Submissions should detail requests for specific audiovisual equipment, if needed. We also ask that a proposal for a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop include a short description of the central topic, supplemented by brief abstracts of individual speakers’ contributions. Please e-mail abstracts

All presenters, chairs, and respondents must be members of SEWSA. Membership information can be found on:

Hotel rooms have been set aside at the Wyndham Hotel ( located at 1950 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431; Call 1-888-404-6880 for reservations and mention the SEWSA group rate, which is for a Single Room ($169/night) and Double Room ($179/night). The room rate includes complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi, self-parking, special discounted rate for a Yoga Class at Yoga Journey. More information about other hotels near the conference site will be forthcoming.

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