SUNY Cycles Conference Call for Papers Extended

Dear Students,

On behalf of all the organizers of the Women’s & Gender Studies 3rd Annual Graduate Conference, I’m sending out our revised Call for Papers with the extended deadline of January 15. We’ve been receiving such interesting things that we’ve decided to extend our deadline and get even more! Please tell your friends, colleagues, and/or departments about the new deadline in case anyone couldn’t make the first one. You’ll find the new CFP attached; feel free to send it out and help spread the word!
We’re looking forward to another great conference this year (and the announcement of a fantastic keynote)! Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions at all.

Thank You,

Dean Allbritton, Kristin Hole, Briana Martino & Betsy Shapiro
CYCLES Conference

Women’s & Gender Studies
SUNY Stony Brook
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Stony Brook University’s Manhattan Campus


Please email your 250-word abstract by January 15, 2009 to <>

Life is shaped by cycles. From patterns of migration and biological processes to the recycling of ideas and objects in mass culture, forms of re-circulation define our experiences. Cycles explores reiterations of gender categories, social movements, as well as what it might mean to have a temporality opposed to a teleological notion of history. This conference provides a critical space to map the terrain of the cycle by approaching it from various theoretical, analytic, and disciplinary positions of feminism. How might this process inform science, visual culture, music, and literature? Furthermore, can cycles as repetitions help us to negotiate the past by working through the traumas and mistakes of history? Or are we destined to repeat the past without the possibility of meaningful change?

This conference aims to generate an interdisciplinary and critical discussion about how gender and sexuality relate to the concept of the cycle. Papers are invited from all disciplines and theoretical positions. Some suggested topics include but are not limited to:

• Feminist and/or queer temporalities
• Trauma, repetition, and death
• Social movements and political change
• Technologies of reproduction
• Theorizing menstruation in literature and film
• Visual or textual strategies of repetition as an aesthetic or cultural politics
• The bicycle as an instrument of women’s liberation
• Migrations and geo-spatial movements
• Cycles of narrative: series, adaptations, remakes

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