The theme for the 2015 Gender Matters Conference, "All in the Family?", focuses our attention on the many ways that gender shapes and is shaped by notions, structures, practices, performances, and representations of “family” broadly defined. While conference planners invite work on all matters related to gender, we are particularly interested in work that problematizes the concept of family and examines it in local, transnational, and global contexts and through multiple lenses.conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidence-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to affect positive change, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Potential Topics for Papers and Panels

    • How do representations of family in popular culture reify, expand, transform our understandings of gender?  How do institutional and symbolic changes in family interrelate?
    • What does a queer, postmodern family look like?  How is family performed? 
    • How might recent institutional changes (such as rulings allowing same-sex marriage) change the gendered nature of this (too?) long-term family arrangement?
    • How do (material/imagined/virtual/fictional/representational/religious) families act as sites for constructing gender and sexual identities?  For constructing systems of power?  For fomenting resistance?
    • How do social media create new “families of choice”?  How do they function to discipline/surveil family behavior?
    • How have emigration/immigration, remittances, and long-distance/long-term separation of children and parents shaped families? 
    • How has the mass incarceration of darker, poorer, predominantly male people affected families? 
    • Who’s taking care of whom?  How is caregiving raced, classed, and gendered?  What generational patterns have emerged?
    • How does the gendered division of labor shape family relations? How does the Global North/Global South division of labor shape the family?  
    • Do sexual divisions of labor in the family inherently generate inequalities?
    • How do families support or deny women’s power over their bodies, sexual activity, and reproductive choices?
    • How have the increased participation of women in the military, the increase in multiple call-ups, and the high rate of serious injuries, including PTSD, affected families?  How has the high rate of sexual assault in the military affected the response to the military’s self-characterization as family?
    • In what ways are the causes and consequences of the many refugee crises (in Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Gaza, Mexico, Arizona, etc.) gendered? 
    • How is violence within families and communities and between families and communities gendered?  How are responses to that violence gendered?

      Featured Events

      We will announce our plenary performances upon final confirmation. 

      Important Dates

      Submission Deadline: 2 January 2015

      Acceptance Notifications: 30 January 2015

      Early Registration Deadline: 27 February 2015 ($25 students; $55 regular)

      Registration Deadline: 20 March 2015 ($40 students; $70 regular)

      Gender Matters Conference: 17-18 April 2015 (Friday and Saturday)