Feminist and Gender Studies:
Global Perspectives – Media, Literature, and Performance





Feminist and Gender Studies: Global Perspectives –Media, Literature, and Performance:

      Gendered identities and realities are constituted through, among other things, media and performance. Paradoxically, however, the representations that substantiate these gender categories are often deployed for radically different purposes. For instance, they might be brought into play for the mobilization of dominant ideologies, on the one hand, and feminist disruptions, on the other. With attention to the diverse forums through which artistic and popular texts reach the public, this conference aims to address the inconsistencies, the absurdities, and irregularities of gender constitution in historical and contemporary local, national and global contexts. We seek to encourage theoretical, political, historical, and generally critical engagement with a variety of texts, ranging from television shows, advertisements, journalism, social media, film, literature, graphic fiction, photography, and live performance and to promote active discussion of them at the conference itself. To accomplish these goals, we invite short (8-12 minute) papers that might include but are not limited to analyses of the following themes and topics:

  • The redeployment of mythological figures.
  • Cultures of censorship.
  • The value and limits of performative theories.
  • Gender, genre and form in a digital age
  • Representations of minorities, marginalised, indigenous and others
  • The politics of comedy and humour
  • New understandings of sexualities
  • Uses and abuses of traditions, rituals, and beliefs
  • Feminist resistance and empowerment
  • Intersectionality, resistance and media


  • Dr. Julia Vivienne Emberley: FRSC, Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Nandi Bhatia: Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Teresa Hubel: Professor and Chair, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dr. Tracy Isaacs: Professor, Philosophy; Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.


  • Research Papers: Completed research papers in any of the topic areas listed above or related areas. (15 min presentations followed by Q&A).
  • Research Paper presentation for each presenter is limited to 12 minute presentation and a 3 minute Q & A/Discussion time in a 60 minute session.
  • Abstract Submissions should include the name, department, affiliation, and email address in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.


Before making your submission keep the following ready.

  • Title of the submission (be sure to use proper capitalization)
  • Topic area of the submission (choose a topic area from the list at the top of this page)
  • Presentation format (choose one: Paper session, Round table, Panel session)
  • Abstract of 300 words
  • Email Address (all acceptance/rejection letters are sent noted through the abstracts portal).


The conference would begin on 21st February (Thursday) at 10.00 am and close on 23rd (Sunday) at 6.00 pm. A local trip is arranged on 24th morning. Those interested may look up the trip information.


  • Last date for sending abstract: August 30, 2018
  • Notification for selected paper-presenters: September 30, 2018
  • Opening of Early Bird Registration: October 1, 2018
  • Closing of Early Bird registration: November 15, 2018
  • Opening and Closing of Late Registration: November 16 – December 30, 2018
  • Conference dates: 21-23 February, 2019.


Kindly note that completion of Registration is subject to Payment of Registration Fee.