Call for Papers: UCSB Women's Center graduate student conference "Feminist Pedagogies"

by Graduate Division Staff
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:50 PM

The UCSB Women's Center, in partnership with the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the Queer & Trans Graduate Student Union, the Feminist Studies Department, and the Graduate Student Resource Center, is now accepting abstracts for its upcoming graduate student conference, "Feminist Pedagogies," which will run on Saturday, May 22. Read on for more information about the conference, and for the CFP. Abstracts are due on March 31.

Call for Papers

The late bell hooks writes in “Toward Revolutionary Feminist Pedagogy” that “to make a revolutionary feminist pedagogy, we must relinquish our ties to traditional ways of teaching that reinforce domination.” This conference, hosted by UCSB’s Women’s Center, invites individual papers and panel proposals on the topic of feminist pedagogies in an effort to provoke thorough and nuanced conversation about feminist teaching practices on and off campus. TAs, RAs, and GAs are uniquely positioned in the university structure as both educators and members of the student body, and thus are especially insightful about cutting-edge pedagogies that best serve incoming classes of undergraduate students. This conference aims, too, to be a site for the sharing of resources and experiences, the proposing of intriguing questions, and the imagining of feminist futures in learning. Proposals on feminist pedagogy in secondary and primary education, as well as higher education, are encouraged.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Power dynamics and theories of domination in the classroom
  • Intersectional feminist pedagogical interventions
  • Trauma-informed teaching
  • Women of color feminisms in teaching contexts
  • Deconstructing gender in secondary or higher education
  • Queer and trans-inclusive teaching practices
  • Feminist pedagogies across disciplines
  • Boundary-setting and survival strategies for teachers
  • Strategies and struggles in navigating university policies regarding teaching, mentorship, and student accommodation
  • Gender participation gaps
  • Early childhood education
  • Censorship and safe spaces
  • Discipline-specific strategies to promote equitable teaching
  • Strike Pedagogies
  • Pandemic Pedagogies
  • Online, Remote, and hybrid feminist pedagogies

Proposals need not be comparative, and may take several forms: traditional academic papers, presentations, co-presentations, roundtables and role-plays, etc.

Please submit your proposals via Google Forms no later than March 31, 2022. A short bio, CV, and a 250 word abstract are required for submission.

Please note: This conference was originally planned for 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19. If you submitted a proposal during the 2020 application cycle, please resubmit. This conference will take place in person on May 22, 2022, pending COVID-19 safety guidance. Remote participation can be arranged upon request. Contact conference organizer Jamiee Cook at with questions.