This year’s theme, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," focuses our attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidence-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to affect positive change, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Potential Topics for Papers and Panels

  • Politics of representation
  • Gendered health and medicine
  • Feminist geographies
  • Futurity and queer temporalities
  • Queer intimacy and kinship
  • Health disparities
  • Illness narratives
  • Globalization
  • Postcolonial feminisms
  • New media
  • Gendered, racialized and sexualized bodies
  • Parenting
  • Social justice
  • Performativity
  • Intersectionality with ethnicity, race, and/or citizenship
  • Sexual subcultures
  • Activism
  • Queer intimacy and kinship
  • Public/Private spheres
  • Transgender rights
  • Queer(ed) histories and historically queer
  • Feminisms
  • Drag performance
  • Masculinities
  • Gender and/or sexuality as studied in any field

Featured Events

We are pleased to feature the following plenary events:  

Keynote Address by Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. surgeon general, distinguished professor of public health at the University of Arkansas School of Public Health and the distinguished professor of the Clinton School of Public Health Policy. 

Featured Performance of "Generation SEX" by Teatro Luna, a Chicago-based ensemble performance group. The featured performance requires the purchase of an additional $10 ticket (which can be purchased at the time of conference registration). 

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Dec. 2, 2013

Acceptance Notifications: Jan. 15, 2014

Early Registration Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014 ($25/$35 students; $55/$65 regular)

Registration Deadline: March 17, 2014 ($40/$50 students; $70/$80 regular)

Gender Matters Conference: April 11-12, 2014