Supporting Women in Geography: Undergraduate & Postgraduate Essay Competition

Penn State’s Supporting Women In Geography (SWIG) calls for submissions to its annual student essay competition. Recognizing the role of gender, class, sexuality and race in the organization of our everyday lives, SWIG aims to promote and empower individuals within geography by offering a supportive network that sponsors opportunities to grow professionally, intellectually, and personally.

This paper competition solicits perspectives on the following question: How do representations of scale or representations at certain scales give voice, or take it away?

Giving voice refers to being heard and seen, a visibility that is closely related to attempts to alleviate underrepresentation. Submissions can include marginalizations arising from gender, race, class, ethnicity, geographical location, non-human, or other identified factors. We encourage authors to interpret scale and giving voice in ways that are meaningful to their experiences.

We welcome contributions from current undergraduate and graduate students, irrespective of academic institution or discipline. Although written essay submissions are limited to 1,000 words, we encourage contributors to express their thoughts using other mediums as well, including, but not limited to, maps, diagrams, photography, poetry, film, drawing, and painting. Every submission, whether textual or visual, should include a 200-word abstract that indicates how the entry addresses the intent of the CFP.

With the author’s permission, submissions will be made public for others on Penn State SWIG’s website. We envision the public presentation of submissions to provoke discussion and questions in the discipline about what support looks like, and how it may be and could be experienced. Awards will be presented at the 2015 AAG Conference in Chicago, although participation in the conference is not required.

SubmissionSWIGSWAG4s are due April 1, 2015.

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Questions: Arielle Hesse at
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The Roles Gender and Sexuality Forum invite submissions to the fifth annual conference

This one-day interdisciplinary intersectional postgraduate conference will take place on Thursday the 21st of May 2015 at the University of Birmingham. We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Meg Barker.

Please send a 250-word abstract and 50-word bio to by 20th March 2015.

This is a free event and we will strive to make this conference fully accessible. We will have facilities for wheelchair access, assistant animals, rest spaces and visual accessibility. Please contact us if you have any questions or further access requirements. There will be live tweeting and blogging of the event.


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