Women's and Gender Studies Programs and Conferences 2013
22nd Annual Women and Society Conference--2013, Marist University, Poughkeepsie, New York October 25 & 26, 2013 Proposals and abstracts are being solicited for the 2013 Women & Society Conference. This feminist conference is interdisciplinary and multi- disciplinary, covering all aspects of women & gender being studied in the academy. The conference mentors and models feminist inquiry/scholarship for undergraduate students so joint faculty/student papers and excellent student papers are also considered, undergraduates may attend at no cost.
3rd Annual Brigham Young University Women's Studies Conference-- Women, Race and Ethnicity November 7-9, 2013 Women have been perceived as the “exotic” other, exhibited as curiosity objects, and have also succeeded sometimes in overcoming racial, gender, and social barriers. Women have worked as slaves, they have owned slaves, and they also have fought in the desegregation movement. Enslaved women have raised their masters’ children, and transmitted their cultural heritage to their own children. Women have built both walls and bridges between racial and ethnic groups. Colonial arts and literatures have depicted women stereotypically, and postcolonial arts and literatures have allowed women’s voices to be heard. Women, sometimes excluded and barely tolerated, can impose their presence as legitimate and gain recognition for their roles and contributions to society.
National Women’s Studies Association Conference-- Negotiating Points of Encounter, November 7-10, 2013, Cincinnati, OH NWSA's annual conference regularly draws more than 1,500 attendees and is the only annual meeting in the US exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship. For more info, visit the website
Biennial ACS Gender Studies/Women’s Studies Conference-- Intersections and Assemblages: Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures Furman University, Greenville, SC April 4th & 5th
theme of the conference recognizes the multiplicity and diversity of scholarly
approaches and activism to the long-standing aspiration for the abolition of
all forms of inequality based on gender and/or sexuality. It also
recognizes and welcomes transnational and cross-cultural or comparative
perspectives on gender and sexuality in addition to those in/on the West.
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference 2014--- The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of Feminism The University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC Thursday March 27-Saturday
March 29, 2014 The conference invites
conversations surrounding The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of
Feminism that are transformative in the interdisciplinary study of women,
gender, and sexuality. The conference will foster a vigorous, open and
inclusive dialogue about different avenues to change and transformation. Reflections
on changes in feminisms, and all forms of political action, from rage to
compromise, will be considered. All disciplines and levels of scholarship are
Women and Social Change in Mexico:
Learn about Mexican culture, politics, and economics through the
lens of women´s experiences and struggles for social justice. Study how
women from various backgrounds (i.e. Indigenous, students, workers)
have been affected by the neoliberal model of globalization and the
kinds of mobilizations they have initiated or participated in.
Establish and strengthen links between women of different countries
(whose lives in an increasingly globalized world are more interrelated
than ever) by sharing our respective struggles for justice and
Dates: July 13-26, 2013
Classes: Intensive language instruction, 9:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are evaluated and
placed at the appropriate level with a maximum of five students in each
Activities on Women & Social Change: Talks,
videos and visits with women and grassroots projects are scheduled
during the afternoon. Themes will be approached "from below" by
spending time with activist groups and with an orientation towards
Themes may include:
- NAFTA, globalization, and "neoliberalism" in Mexico as
well as the independent labor movement and maquiladoras
- Zapatismo and the struggles of Indigenous women
- Feminism, women's health, alternative medicine, sexual and
reproductive rights and the lesbian movement in Mexico
- Alternative media and a visit to a women's video collective
- The 1990/2000 student movement and strike at UNAM (the National
Autonomous University of Mexico)
- Politics and the recent elections
- Liberation Theology and Christian Base Communities
- Globalization and the environment
Note: All program activities are in Spanish with English
translation when necessary.
- Xochicalco ruins
- Taxco silver mining town
Staying with a Mexican family provides a vibrant sense of the
Mexican people and makes the course more personal and profound. It also
provides participants with ample opportunity to practice Spanish in
everyday situations.. We offer homestays with gays and lesbians in the
Cuernavaca community. All CETLALIC families are gay and lesbian
friendly (Note: hotel or apartment accommodations are also available
COST: $1,373 US
Volunteer Tanzania: Training Center for Disadvantaged Girls
"We work with a local NGO who runs a school for young teenage
girls. The girls are selected through a number of different networks and are
either recovered from the forced labor- or sex trade, abandoned by their
have escaped abusive relationships. Many of the young girls already have
children of their own.
The goal of the NGO is to provide the girls with a hope for
a better future and teach them skills that allow them to become self-supporting
and take care of their children. At the moment the NGO helps young and vulnerable
women from the Arusha-, Moshi- and Kilimanjaro region."
Dates of Program: Based on preference.
Teaching: The girls stay at the school for 6-12 months. Here
they are taught skills such as tailoring, cooking, English and computers. This
will help them get a job, e.g. in the catering sector or the hotel business.
Volunteer tasks can be:
Developing handcraft skills.
Teach Computer Skills and maintain computers.
Assist in the cooking classes.
Depending on your own capacities and experiences, you can
suggest other skills. The girls are very eager to learn.
Excursions: During weekends you can participate in shorter
excursions like for example a visit to “Arusha National park”, the closest
national park to Arusha town. Arusha National Park is often overlooked by
safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity
of habitats within a few hours.
If the start dates for the excursion do not fit with your volunteer work stay,
the coordinator can arrange a break in your volunteer job, so you can return to
work after the safari or trek.
Internships: Most of the projects mentioned here accept
internships. Send an e-mail to email@example.com explaining your wishes and
the requirements of your school counselor and we will find out, where you fit
COST: Varies. Estimates can be made based on this chart.
Cost USD $
than 1 week
Each extra week after
12-weeks we charge $80USD
Included in the
pick-up and drop off.
or shared room during entire stay.
board during entire stay.
from a local coordinator.
sponsor amount to project.
Not included in the
personal expenses, soft drinks, bottled water.
entrance fee during sightseeing and traveling.
visa fee and C-Permit fee, 120 USD.
Click here for volunteer form
World Endeavors: Women’s Development in Guatemala
Indigenous women in rural communities in Guatemala often
lead tough, hardscrabble lives marked by poverty and hardship. Racial and
gender discrimination, as well as a lack of education in many rural
communities, have also negatively impacted women. Nonprofit and government
organizations within Guatemala are working to provide basic economic, family,
and health education to rural women in indigenous communities, and volunteers
can make a difference by donating their time and knowledge to these ongoing
social initiatives. World Endeavors Women’s Development volunteers partner with
local government social workers in providing workshops for indigenous women.
The workshops focus on a variety of subjects, including: human rights, women
rights, reproductive health, cooking, handicrafts, and economic development.
Volunteers with specialized skills are welcome to share their expertise.
Dates: Based on your preference
Spanish Language Instruction: Up to 4 weeks. Additionally, there is an onsite
Homestay: Volunteers stay with host families, where they share space,
build relationships, practice language, and learn about traditional culture,
food, home rituals, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly,
usually middle class, and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure
that placements provide a safe and positive environment for the volunteer.
Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western
norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers usually have their choice of a
single or a double room, and are expected to display respect and consideration
for the host family. Living with a host family ensures total immersion in the
culture, which can be both challenging and rewarding, but ultimately provides
the most authentic experience of the host country.
- Explore Xela’s museums and cathedrals
- Attend soccer games
- Go salsa dancing
- Seeing a show at the Teatro Municipal (Municipal
- See a movie at the Teatro Roma
in natural hot springs
Los Altos (Guatemala’s Western Highlands)
up the Volcán Santa María
COST: $1290 per week; $225 for each additional week
Language Instruction: Up to 4 weeks
Meals per Day
Guidance and Handbook
Emergency Phone Support
Support and Alumni Services
Transportation to Guatemala
Trips and Excursions
Love Volunteers: Women’s Empowerment Program
The Women's Empowerment Program aims to assist deprived teens and
young women to improve their self–confidence by helping them improve their
literacy and computer skills. Living in a male-dominated society, some girls in
India are illiterate and lack the opportunities to develop this (and other)
Dates: Based on your preference. There is a four week
minimum requirement for this program.
Accommodation: Depending on the location, you will either live in a
homestay or volunteer apartment. Meals are provided.
Monday through Friday
20-25 hours worked per week
Free Time: Weekend transport is provided by the organization to ensure
the safety of the volunteers and of knowing their whereabouts in Jaipur.
Some essential sites includes:
- Delhi, India’s capital, where you can visit the
Mughal gardens and fort
- Arga for its river views and the Taj Mahal
- Outside of Mumbai lies the traffic-free and
densely-wooded hill top town of Matheran
- Goa, located on the west coast, for its
beautiful stretch of coastline.
Tasks: Volunteers are required to assist with teaching both English
and computer skills, and will also endeavor to show these girls how to apply
these new skills to provide a brighter future. Teaching them about the world,
cultures, food and recent news events is also helpful.
4 Weeks- $625
6 Weeks- $840
8 Weeks- $1055
12 Weeks- $1490
16 Weeks- $1920
20 Weeks- $2355
24 Weeks- $2785
4 Weeks- $730
6 Weeks- $950
8 Weeks- $1165
12 Weeks- $1595
16 Weeks- $2030
20 Weeks- $2460
24 Weeks- $2895
***In addition to this cost is a $235 registration fee. This
fee covers any placements you might undertake for 12 months from the start of
your first placement. The fee is refundable if you choose not to volunteer more
than three months prior to the start of your initial placement. This fee
ensures 24/7 pre- and post-placement support from Love Volunteers, checking and
vetting of local organizations, a comprehensive information pack, as well as
administration and marketing costs.***