Gender and Women's Studies Student Research Conference

Friday, April 7, 2017

Connelly Center, Villanova University

Panels and Events, 9am-5:30pm 


Every spring, the Gender and Women’s Studies program organizes the Gender and Women's Studies Student Research Conference to highlight and celebrate gender focused work produced by students from across the university during the previous year. Undergraduate and graduate students present their work on panels or through performance. The afternoon culminates with a keynote address by a nationally recognized scholar or performer. The conference is free and open to the public. 

This year, the conference is presented with The Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium and will feature work from students from many regional universities and colleges.   

Parking is available in the I-1 Parking Garage on Ithan Avenue. Also easily accessible by train, just get off at the Villanova stop on the Paoli/Thorndale Line, Septa Regional Rail.


2017 Conference Schedule  

All events are held in various rooms in the Connelly Center, Villanova University.  

9am Coffee and Welcome

9:30am-10:30am Panels: Session One

Gender and the Nation / Gender and Violence / Identity and Sexuality in Pop Culture / Writing Genders / Sex and Sexualities / Sexuality and Gender in Visual Art and Architecture

10:45am-11:45am Panels: Session Two

Sex and Gender on Stage / Literary Females and Feminisms / Trans/Queer Identities / Gender and the World of Work / Dimensions of Motherhood / Global Gender Politics  

12pm-1pm Lunch Reception (Featuring Alumni/Student Speakers)

1:15pm-2:15pm Panels: Session Three

Medicine and the Female Body / Race and Gender in Literature, Film, and Music / Becoming Boys and Girls: Gender, Sex, and Youth / Gender, Religion, and Community / Class, Race, Gender, and Disability / Gender in the Public Sphere  

2:30pm-3:45pm Performance Showcase

3:45pm-4:15pm Coffee and Cookies

4:15-4:30 Awards Ceremony

4:30-5:30 Keynote Speaker: Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her presentation is entitled “Chanel and Her Rivals.”



Our keynote speaker will be Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising public awareness of the cultural, social, and political significance of fashion.

Contact Information

Catherine Kerrison, PhD
Director of Academics, GWS
Phone: 610-519-4675

Timothy McCall, PhD
Director of Programming, GWS
Phone: 610-519-3897

Joyce Harden
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 610-519-4640

Office: SAC 488

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