The IU-wide Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Conference

Each year, in the spring, a different campus in the Indiana University system hosts an intercampus conference on Women's and Gender Studies. Details for upcoming conferences will be posted in January prior to the conference. Please browse the links below for details on past conferences!  Contact the WGSS Director for more information.

2020 Conference:

"IU's 32nd Annual WGS Undergraduate Conference was held virtually due to COVID-19. Students posted their submissions in a discussion board for attendees to view. The theme was 'Empowering Women: Reading Gendered Perspectives' and the keynote speaker was Ann B. Kim, a Korean-American mixed-media artist. She discussed antipodes, time and space, mythological archetypes, and healing from a gendered perspective." 

Previous Conferences

2019 Conference

The 31 st annual IU – WGS conference was held at IU Northwest in the new, spacious Arts & Sciences building where students gathered in the morning for a delicious hot breakfast before going to their breakout sessions. This year’s theme wasWomen and Power: Policing Gender in Public Spaces”, where internationally known academic, Dr. Sherene Razack, author of 7 books on racism and sexism, spoke on “The Racial/Spatial Politics of Banning the Muslim Woman’s Niqab” after lunch. Dr. Razack’s talk inspired many questions and conversations that carried over into the afternoon breakout sessions. At the end of the day, Dr. Foltz thanked everyone from the seven regional campuses for their participation and invited them to take some of the flowers home as a remembrance of the excellent sessions and networking they had enjoyed on the IUN campus.​

2018 Conference

The 30th Annual IU WGS conference was held at IUPUC.  The theme was Art as Resistance:  Imaging Radical Feminist Spaces.  The keynote speaker was Judith Linhares.  Linhares came of age in the socially turbulent comics, and poetic reverle in Northern California.  A three-time National Endownment for the Arts Grant recipient, Linhares is an accomplished artist whose resume includes 40 one-person exhibitions.  Conference Flyer

2017 Conference

Our capacious theme was  Feminist Futures.  The conference was Saturday, April 8 from 9-4.  We enjoyed a Feminist Game Night on April 7, in the IU South Bend university cafeteria.  We had some inventive faculty working on a round of stations where people tried out a series of fun feminist games,  including a reproduction of "Suffragetto": 

We had snacks, a make-your-own-feminist-button station, and other fun and interactive opportunities for students to get to know one another in a lively and low-stakes environment. 

Our keynote speaker for the conference was Suzanna Fritzberg, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Mayor of South Bend  Ms. Fritzberg is a dynamic young professional who earned a Women’s Studies degree as an undergraduate.  Her talk was: “Personal, Political: Early Reflections on a Women’s Studies Education."

2016 Conference

The 28th Annual WGS conference was held at IU Southeast in New Albany Indiana on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Click here for more information about the 2016 conference.

2015 Conference

The 27th Annual WGS conference conference took place in Richmond, Indiana at the IU East Campus

Click here to see information about the 2015 conference.