Upcoming Conferences/Education

Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race Conference 

March 2-4, 2017

Questions of race and gender continue to undergird broad sections of inquiry in the academy and beyond. The ongoing legacies and current manifestations of racism and sexism continue to demand intellectual analysis, institutional recognition, and collective intervention. Reaching a critical crescendo during the political upheavals of the 1960s’ civil rights/anti-colonial era and the responding cultural turn in the humanities, Black feminists have discussed the ways in which both race and gender are co-constitutive and rely on intersecting paradigms of power and constructions of difference. Indeed, the concept of “intersectionality,” coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, has become a key mode of framing how identities and sites of contestation around identity are multiple and complex. Furthermore, critics and activists from a myriad of socio-political milieus have underscored the importance of intersectional approaches in struggles for social justice and in the making of inclusive public spaces. From feminist scholarship to human rights policy to commentary via Twitter memes, intersectionality as a theoretical concept, method of analysis, and mode of collaborative action circulates in both grassroots and intellectual discourse.

The Intersectional Inquiries conference will offer a platform for scholars from various fields to interrogate the intersections of race and gender--as manifested materially and discursively--from a broad range of historical, global, and contemporary contexts. We call on scholars, activists, and students to attend rigorously to the ways that race structures gender, sexualities, class, and dis/ability and the dominating matrices of biopolitical violence and imperialism, as well as to trace how racialized subjectivities and non-normative embodiments challenge and radically fracture hierarchy. With this conference, our hope is to inspire impactful intellectual dialogue and assist in building ties that might lead to scholarly- and social justice-focused collaborations.

Our confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Professor Collins recently co-authored Intersectionality (Polity 2016) with Sirma Bilge.  Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment(Routledge 1990), won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  Professor Collins is also the author and editor of several books dealing with race, gender, education, and politics, including On Intellectual Activism(Temple 2012); Another Kind of Public Education: Race, the Media, Schools, and Democratic Possibilities (Beacon 2009); and From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism (Temple 2006).  


2017 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference: "Pathways to Peace"

2017 Peace Conf

March 31 - April 1, 2017

The 2017 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces "Pathways to Peace,” scheduled for March 31-April 1, 2017, at the University of Notre Dame. This event is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

In its 25th year, this peace conference, organized by students for students, provides a place to engage in important dialogue on issues related to peacebuilding, global issues, and social justice.

As more complex issues of violence and injustice confront the world, peace is often perceived to be unattainable and peacebuilders are considered idealistic. This year’s “Pathways to Peace” conference aims to demonstrate that through interactive dialogue, sustainable peace can be achieved by altering the underlying structures that produce conflict.


"Too Small a World": Catholic Sisters as Global Missionaries

April 6, 2017
McKenna Hall

About the Conference​

It is a remarkable story: over the course of the last four centuries, hundreds of thousands of vowed Catholic women left their home countries to travel to all corners of the world, where they built and served schools, hospitals, and other institutions, and where they encountered local situations often far different than what they had imagined—experiences that in turn shaped the futures of their orders both at home and abroad. 

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In 1887, a future canonized saint, the Italian-born and American-naturalized Frances Xavier Cabrini summed up missionary sisters’ informal creed, writing that “the world is too small to limit ourselves to one point; I want to embrace it entirely and to reach all its parts.” Cabrini, who named herself after another great missionary saint, was the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a congregation that established missions in the United States, Europe, South America, and eventually Africa, Australia, and China. The study of missionary sisters embraces Cabrini’s boundless ambition as well as the practical and cultural constraints that shaped the outcomes of her and others’ journeys. In honor of the centenary of Cabrini’s death, an international group of scholars gathers to investigate the transnational work and shifting identities of Catholic sisters as global missionaries, asking how the study of these border-crossing women, organized into multinational structures, can help all historians enter into the global history of Catholicism.

Sessions begin​ at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 with a plenary address in McKenna Hall, and the conference concludes​ on Saturday, April 8 with an optional bus trip to and from the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago (4:30 p.m. anticipated return to South Bend). All panels and keynotes, as well as ​a Friday ​banquet, will take place on Notre Dame’s campus.

Funding for this conference has been provided by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, Henkels Lecture Series, University of Notre Dame. 


View the latest draft of the symposium schedule here.


The general registration fee is $75. The fee for non-Notre Dame graduate students is $50. Registration is FREE for symposium presenters as well as faculty, staff, and students of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College. Registration is required for anyone wishing to participate in meals or to visit the Shrine.

Continental breakfast will be provided Friday and Saturday morning at the Conference Center. Registrants will also have the opportunity to sign up for: 

  • meals from lunch on Thursday through lunch on Saturday (including Friday's banquet dinner at no additional charge);
  • reception on Friday at St. Mary's College;
  • transportation to and from the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago on Saturday.

Click here to register through the Notre Dame Conference Center. The registration deadline is March 1, 2017.


Console-ing Passions

International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism
July 27 – 29, 2017
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Executive Board Statement about 2017 Conference at East Carolina University

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since then, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also among the top conferences for scholars of media generally.

A note on travel funding: Scholars who wish to attend CP@ECU but lack state travel funds due to boycotts of North Carolina related to HB2 will be eligible to apply for assistance from a limited pool of special travel funds. Stay tuned for more information.

A note on House Bill 2: Console-ing Passions 2017 will provide a safe, welcoming environment to all of its members. The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee does not support or enforce HB2. Both the ECU Faculty Senate and the Greenville City Council passed resolutions opposing HB2.

Conference Organizers:

Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Teaching Instructor, Department of English (Women’s Studies)
Anna Froula, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)
Su-ching Huang, Associate Professor, Department of English (Asian American Studies)
Amanda Ann Klein, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)
Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of English (Renaissance Studies)
Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (Hispanic Studies)
Katy Kavanagh Webb, Assistant Professor, Joyner Library
Carolyn Willis, Associate Professor, Joyner Library

More information at www.console-ingpassions.org


Trax on the Trail: An Interactive Campaign Music Website for Educators, Scholars, and the Public

Trax on the Trail is a website where scholars, educators, journalists, students and the public can learn about American presidential campaign music and gain insight into how sound participates in forming candidate identity.  

Trax on the Trail's interdisciplinary team includes academic experts from the fields of political science, musicology, sociology, history, communications, and ethnomusicology, as well as industry professionals and students. They will follow the 2016 presidential campaign as it unfolds and post original scholarship that addresses the creative use of music and sound on the campaign trail.

Find out more, including how you can join in the conversation, at www.traxonthetrail.com.


Turning Green Degrees into Sustainable Careers

Turning Green Degrees Into Sustainable Careers is an expert-driven guide that provides green-minded students the resources they need to carry their green lifestyle choices throughout their education and into their careers. 



The 10th Annual University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Friday, May 5, 2017
Hesburgh Library and Jordan Hall of Science

The University of Notre Dame will host the 10th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, including the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting, on the Friday of reading days: May 5, 2017. The conferences are an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research, analyses and other projects or endeavors in a professional setting.

The Undergraduate Scholars Conference sessions will be held on May 5 from 9:00-2:00PM in theHesburgh Library. More information can be found here and further questions can be directed to Kati Schuler at kschule1@nd.edu.

The College of Science Joint Annual Meeting sessions will be held on that same Friday from 1:00-5:00PM in the Jordan Hall of Science. More infromation can be found here and further questions can be directed to Dominic Chaloner at chaloner.1@nd.edu.

Students are welcome to participate in both events. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts by March 24, 2017 at xur.library.nd.edu.