Submissions Guidelines

Gender Matters: All in the Family? Conference

Governors State University, April 17-18, 2015


Format: Please use the Submissions Form.  If you have problems with that form, please submit as a Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format file. 

Where: Submissions must be emailed as an attachment to

When: Submission Deadline: 2 January 2015

Confirmation of receipt will be sent within 72 hours. If you have not received such confirmation, please contact Ellie Walsh by phone (708-235-7146), in case your email did not arrive.

Submissions must include all required information in order to be considered.

Content: Required Information

1. Primary author

2. Organizational affiliation

3. Brief biography (no more than 100 words) that includes your current role (community member, faculty, independent scholar, doctoral student, master's student, undergraduate student) and research interests

4. Email address

5. Phone number

6. Type of submission (Please select one from dropdown menu on form: individual paper; paper panel; roundtable discussion; creative format/workshop; poster presentation. More information on each type may be found below.)

7. Co-authors (name, affiliations, email)

8. Please indicate if you would like your submission to be considered for a poster and/or roundtable presentation if it is not accepted for inclusion in a paper panel.

9. Submission title

10. Keywords (Please list three to five keywords for your presentation to help the committee organize panels.)

11. Audiovisual needs (List any audiovisual equipment you require.)

12. Abstracts/Rationales

Proposals for individual and co-authored papers should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words.

Proposals for posters should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

Proposals for full panels should include a no-more-than 350-word rationale for the panel, in addition to brief abstracts (no more than 250 words) for the individual papers. 

Proposals for roundtables, workshops, and creative formats should submit a no-more-than 350-word rationale and/or description, in addition to a list of participants, their topics, roles, brief qualifications, and contact information.

Types of Submissions: 

Individual Paper Proposals: The abstract (no more than 500 words) should describe the theoretical or conceptual framework, methodology, key findings and central argument.  These individual papers will be grouped into panels with other papers on similar topics.  

Participants typically have 12-15 minutes to present their papers, followed by a question-and-answer period.  

Paper Panel Proposals

A paper panel typically consists of three to five papers on a similar theme.  A panel rationale/description (no more than 350-words) should describe the unifying theme or problem addressed by the papers.  Please include a brief abstract (no more than 250 words) for each paper.  You may optionally include a chair or discussant. 

Paper panels are scheduled for sessions ranging from 60 to 75 minutes, depending on the number of proposed papers.  Each presenter typically has 12-15 minutes to present, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Round-Table Discussion Proposals

A round-table typically consists of four to eight participants who present short statements related to a common topic or question. A panel rationale (no more than 350 words) should include information on the unifying theme or problem addressed by the panelists.  Additionally, please include a brief description of each presenter’s qualifications.  

Round-table discussion sessions range between 60 to 75 minutes, depending on the number of presenters.

Creative Format Proposals

Gender Matters welcomes submissions for creative presentation formats such as film, audio and/or video works, individual or group performances, and workshops.  Each proposal must include a no-more-than 350-word rationale/description that explains the content and format of the work and related keywords.  If relevant, please include a list of participants, their topics/roles, and brief qualifications. 

Be sure to include information on set-up needs and length of presentation/performance. (Most panels will be limited to 60-75 minutes, though some video installations and films can run for longer, depending on availability of space and equipment).

Poster Proposals

The poster format is particularly effective for work that is better expressed visually through images or statistical graphs and charts.  Conducive to one-on-one interactions and getting individual feedback, it is also well suited for works-in-progress.  Proposals for posters should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

Poster sessions will be conducted concurrently, at a given time in one area, so that conference participants may peruse the posters and engage in conversation with the presenters.

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