The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Isom Student Gender Conference (ISGC) in the spring of 2017. The ISGC is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29th through Friday, March 31ston the campus of The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. This Call for Papers invites both undergraduate and graduate student scholars, writers, and activists to participate.

The 2017 conference theme is In/Visible. We invite participants to question notions of “visibility” in their disciplines of study, society, and personal experience. What aspects of gender and sexuality are rendered invisible or perceived as being unspeakable in our communities, both public and private? What forces combine to make certain experiences, or citizens, or perspectives invisible?  What means of resistance have been invented to combat such forces of erasure?  All these questions inform our theme of In/Visible.

Papers from all disciplines, along with creative writing projects such as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are welcome. Proposals for roundtable discussions that center on community building, advocacy, and social change both on and off the campus through the arts, social media, and student engagement with broader communities are encouraged. A small number of travel grants will be made available to non-UM students.