Call for papers: Global Status of Women and Girls Conference 2018

Christopher Newport University’s College of Arts and Humanities seeks abstracts for the forthcoming conference on the

Global Status of Women and Girls
to be held at Christopher Newport University
Newport News, Virginia
March 22 – 24, 2018

“Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now”

This interdisciplinary conference uses the tools of the arts, humanities, social sciences and other fields to address challenges faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. We invite scholars from all academic disciplines to submit proposals that explore these topics and shed light on women’s efforts to effect social change.

Through the study of the past and present of both local and global activism, the conference will engage researchers interested in the artistic, economic, educational, ethical, historical, literary, philosophical, political, psychological, religious and social dimensions of women’s lives and resistance.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Movements / Protest Movements
  • Global Feminism / Anti-Feminism / History of Feminism
  • Cultural Representations of Resistance
  • Art as Activism
  • Women’s Activism in the Arts and Media
  • Literary / Film Portrayals and Trends
  • Anti-Sexual Assault Activism
  • Activist Responses to Rape Culture
  • Cyber-Activism
  • Combating Daily Life Machismo and Gender Inequalities
  • Resistance to Femicides and Violence Against Women
  • Anti-War Movements
  • Anti-Colonialism / Postcolonial Approaches
  • Activism Regarding Economic Issues
  • Activism Regarding Religious Issues
  • Activism Regarding Educational Issues
  • Activism Regarding Poverty / Stratification
  • Activism Regarding Health Inequalities
  • Activism Regarding Body Issues
  • LGTBQ Activism
  • Social Justice and Social Change

Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including, but not limited to, art, history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, chemistry, environmental science, medicine, biomedical ethics, economics, political science, gender studies, communication studies and literature. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals.


Please submit a 350 to 500-word abstract on this topic by September 3, 2017. All submissions will be peer reviewed, and those accepted will be notified no later than October 3, 2017. Paper presentations will ideally be 15-20 minutes in length.


Please contact Lori Underwood, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, at with any questions about the conference.

Submit Papers Here

Official conference website