University of North Carolina Wilmington

SEWSA 2014

UNC Wilmington | March 27-29, 2014


Thank you to all who planned, staffed, volunteered, and participated in SEWSA 2014. What an extraordinary conference! See you next year in Florida.


The Women’s Studies and Resource Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is proud to present SEWSA 2014: The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of Feminism. The conference will be held on UNCW’s campus on March 27-29, 2014. We look forward to welcoming you to Wilmington!

Notifications have been sent out to all who submitted, and the tentative program is posted. For questions, concerns, or changes, please email Katja Huru.

Conference Theme


The past few years have marked the anniversary of a number of landmark moments, publications and legislation crucial to feminism, including the passage of Roe v. Wade, the publication of The Feminine Mystique and The Bell Jar, and the legalization of birth control. What potential do we have for new creation when we revisit historical, cultural, and physical space? SEWSA 2014 provides a forum to analyze, discuss, and represent diverse histories, theories, and actions that revisit and reexamine feminisms. 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 welcome.



Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Waves, Storms, Backlash
  • Decades of Discontent (action between the waves)
  • Re-examining and exploring the legacy of landmark moments and people
  • The Gendered Culture of Play
  • Re-envisioning Masculinity
  • The Personal is Political
  • Trends and Waves
  • Diaspora and Homelands
  • The Present and Future of Gender Studies
  • New Media and Technologies
  • Personal Reflections of Feminism
For details on these topics, please reference the pdf version of the SEWSA 2014 call for papers.