Bulletin Board

Dear WGSS Students,

I hope you’re doing well! My name is Sasha Duckworth and I am a fourth year at the University of Virginia.

I am writing on behalf of the Virginia Journal of Gender Studies (VJGS), an independent, peer-reviewed undergraduate research publication that promotes intellectual inquiry and recognizes outstanding work focused on gender issues. We are the only active undergraduate research publication in the United States dedicated to feminist and queer scholarship, however, we accept works from any discipline.

We are looking for submissions for our Fall/Winter 2020 edition and would appreciate it if you could forward this information to undergraduate students in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Please see below for submission details and guidelines. The deadline to submit is Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. If you have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Submission guidelines
We publish outstanding student research papers from seminars, upper-level electives, independent study and thesis programs. Papers need not be written in a gender studies class, as we encourage submissions from any discipline, so as long as they have a gender focus. Although we will consider submissions of any length, the majority of published pieces range from 2,000 to 7,000 words (10 to 30 double-spaced pages), excluding references.

How to submit
All works must be submitted using this form. Submissions should be double-spaced in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format, follow the Chicago citation style, and include footnotes as well as a Works Cited section. Please note that we require a 250 word abstract.

As a reminder, the deadline to submit is Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

Kind regards,
Sasha Duckworth (she/they)
University of Virginia ’21 | Foreign Affairs
Editor-in-Chief | Virginia Journal of Gender Studies
(703) 334-1446 | linkedin.com/in/sasha-duckworth/

WGSS Co-Sponsored Event:

Date: November 11, 2020
Time: 3 pm -5 pm (PST)
Format: Zoom Presentation
Title: “Black Music and Freedom:
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism”
Artist: Marcus Shelby: Composer; Bassist, Bandleader;
Artistic Director Healdsburg Jazz
Guest: Tiffany Austin (Vocals)

Program Description

Over the past 2 decades composer Marcus Shelby has explored the
relationship between the blues and Freedom Movements in the United
States. These musical projects primarily composed for big band
orchestra include suites about Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and the music of the Civil Rights Movement, the history of
Negro League baseball, the Port Chicago Mutiny during War World 2,
Mass Incarceration, and many other multi-artistic collaborations
where the blues was the source of language and inspiration. “Black
Music and Freedom: Blues Legacies and Black Feminism” is
based on the powerful book and research of Angela Y. Davis which
explores the music of “Ma” Gertrude Raney, Bessie Smith, and Billie
Holiday and the significance of these songs to black liberation,
particularly how black women singers used the power of the blues to
project a pro feminist ideology 40 years before the feminist
movement was recognized. The presentation will include a discussion
on the history and meaning of the songs sung by “Ma” Gertrude
Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, videos, recordings, photos,
and also live performances throughout featuring special guest vocalist
Tiffany Austin with Marcus Shelby on bass.
Marcus Shelby
[email protected]

We hope that the fall semester is moving as smoothly as possible and that you’re
taking time for yourself and your communities.

The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality
(GCWS)is hosting our graduate student conference “Radical Love Across
Difference” next semester from April 9-11, 2021. This free conference will be held
virtually and we encourage graduate students from all disciplines to submit their
papers, projects, and works of various mediums. We would greatly appreciate if
you could share this opportunity with the graduate students in your networks and
the other faculty in your department so that they can share as well.

Radical Love Across Difference
Submissions due: January 10, 2021
Conference dates: April 9-11, 2021

Without love, our efforts to liberate ourselves and our world community from
oppression and exploitation are doomed.” – bell hooks
By using a praxis of love to highlight the struggles toward liberation, we
approach what hooks suggests is a culture of refusing systems of domination.
The importance of expressing, maintaining, and transforming radical love,
especially across differences, is more pressing than ever. This conference seeks
to explore the role radical love plays in health crises, climate change, racial
justice, migration, economic justice and further social justice movements
through community and belonging, pedagogy and literacy, creative expression
and storytelling, virtual life and presence, and further fields
The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and
Sexuality (GCWS) conference “Radical Love Across Difference” welcomes
proposals from graduate students in all areas of study. Proposals may come
in the form of papers, films, art, performance, visual art, or alternate forms
not listed above.

The conference seeks to explore:
 How does radical love constitute a distinct mode of resistance?
 How is radical love represented in the histories, stories, and
traditions of ancestors and peoples?
 How can radical love foster community and just societies across
difference and challenge the status quo?
 How do the structures of white supremacy and capitalism impact
radical love?
 Are there limits to loving radically?
 How is radical love expressed in the virtual, social, and material
world(s)? Can radical love influence our biological markers or gene

You can learn more about the conference, download the full CFP,
and submit a proposal on our website. Please be in touch
with [email protected] with any questions.

Thank you so much for your time,
Badriyyah Alsabah
Administrative Assistant
Consortium for Graduate Studies in
Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality
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