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CFP: Occupy Free Speech: Getting Women’s VoicesHeard

The Women and Gender Research Collaborative at Texas State University is soliciting proposals from scholars who would like to participate in its upcoming symposium, Occupy Free Speech: Getting Women’s Voices Heard. This event will provide a forum for diverse perspectives on issues of free speech for women in the U.S. and around the globe. The symposium will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012, 9:00 am-3:00 pm in the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos, Texas.

Scholars from Texas, the United States, and the world are invited to present papers discussing various issues related to free speech,including such topics as Women’s Voices in the Media, Representation of Women in Government and Business, Money as Speech, Corporations as Persons, Pornography: Free Speech or Obscenity?, Slut Walk Activism, Speaking Up Against Domestic Violence, and Identifying Voices in a Democracy.

Although we would like to feature one or more papers from Latin American scholars, the Collaborative welcomes papers on any related topic from the US and other countries. Presenters are invited to submit their papers for a special issue based on the symposium of the peer reviewed online Journal of Research on Women and Gender. The deadline for submission of the paper will be June 30, 2012. See the website for the Journal of Research on Women and Gender for submission guidelines here.

Persons interested in participating should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one-page curriculum vitae by January 31, 2012.  These may be sent as email attachments to or mailed to the address below:

Women and Gender Research Collaborative

Center for Diversity and Gender Studies

Texas State University

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666-4616



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