Isom Student Gender Conference

The annual Isom Student Gender Conference is held in March.  The conference includes presentations by graduate and undergraduate students as well as a featured keynote speaker.

17th annual Isom Student Gender Conference ~ “In/Visibility,” March 29-31, 2017, Oxford-University Depot

Call for Papers

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 31st on 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.

Civil rights attorney Roberta Kaplan will be the keynote speaker for this year’s conference; her title is “It’s All About Edie, Stupid.” Other highlights include an opening night address and presentation by Emmy nominated writer, actor, and gaming maven Ashly Burch and a lecture by Southern queer performance artist Julianna Huxtable on Thursday.

A small number of travel grants will be made available to non-UM students.

Please submit a three hundred word abstract by February 17th, 2017  (extended deadline) to:

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Download Call for Papers PDF

For additional information or questions, feel free to contact us at or call (662) 915-5916.


  Conference Keynote Speakers

Ashly Burch

Wednesday, March 29th at 6 PM – TBD

Ashly Burch is an Emmy nominated writer and BAFTA nominated actor known for her voice acting roles in such video games as Life is Strange (2015), Fallout 4 (2015), and the upcoming PlayStation 4 title, Horizon Zero Dawn, as lead character, Aloy. Burch wrote and voiced for the animated television series  Adventure Time and authored a graphic novel titled Adventure Time: Islands.

Online, Burch  developed a larger following as a writer, actor, and co-creator for Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’?, a YouTube webseries with 279,000 subscribers and well over 48 million views across its 5 seasons. In addition to her acting and writing talents, she is an activist who lectures on issues of gender and identity in the games industry.

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Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’?:

Juliana Huxtable

Thursday, March 30th at 6 PM – Ford Center Studio

Juliana Huxtable is a performance artist from Bryan-College Station, Texas who explores the intersections of race, gender, queerness, and identity. Her pieces include self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, nightlife, music, writing, and social media. Drawing on life experiences and inspired by Internet communities, Juliana Huxtable strives to create safe spaces, address anxieties, and cultivate a sense of inclusivity through her work. Huxtable, who is transgender and whose adopted name is inspired by the family on The Cosby Show, constructs hybrid human-creature avatars as manifestations of her fluid gender and sexual identity, articulating each distinct self through portraiture and writing. Her work has been featured at MOMA, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art.

For more information on Ms. Huxtable, please see

Additional Links:

Vogue Article: “Meet Juliana Huxtable: Star of the New Museum Triennial”

Vice Article: “Trans Artist Juliana Huxtable’s Fight for Acceptance”

YouTube Video ~ Bodies Beyond Nature:

Roberta Kaplan

Friday, March 31th at 6 PM – Ford Center Main Hall

A partner in the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department, Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan has been described as a “litigation superstar,” a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and a “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture” whether “in the gay-marriage legal fight or high-profile corporate scandals.” The ABA Journal has explained that Robbie “could be described as a specialist in emerging law. She litigates cases that shape the legal structure within which Americans live, love, work and hail cabs. Describing a 2015 oral argument at the Fifth Circuit, one legal commentator noted that Robbie “deserves special recognition for her argument at the hearing. An accomplished attorney long before she came to represent Edith Windsor, Ms. Kaplan offered concise, smart and well-reasoned responses to the judge’s questions.”

In addition to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal, Robbie has also been selected by The National Law Journal as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the United States, as “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, as “Lawyer of the Year” by Above the Law, and as the “Most Innovative Lawyer of The Year” by The Financial Times. The Financial Times noted that “the judges had little trouble picking just one of them to win the award for most innovative individual – itself an innovation for the report this year. Robbie Kaplan has been involved in some of the most important legal developments of recent years.”

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