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RIT College of Liberal Arts
Conable Conference in International Studies

April 4-6, 2013, Rochester, New York


RIT ------ College of Liberal Arts ------ Program in International Studies ------ Conable Endowment in International Studies ------ The Department of Sociology and Anthropology ------ Avon Global Center for Women and Justice ------ Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights ------ Department of Criminal Justice ------ The Program in Women's and Gender Studies ------ Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership ------ Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ------ Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples

About the 2013 Conable Conference

The organizing committee for the Conable Conference in International Studies is soliciting proposals for the 2013 conference to be held in Rochester, New York, April 4-6, 2013. We welcome submissions of abstracts for individual papers, panels of papers, workshops, poster sessions, performances, or other academic or professional products or delivery.

The theme for the 2013 conference is "Gender, Violence, and Justice in the Age of Globalization". Over the past several decades, tremendous strides have been made toward ending gender-based violence and advancing a spectrum of goals broadly envisioned as promoting gender equality throughout the globe and particularly in developing countries as communities have harnessed aspects of globalization to enhance communications, technology, collaboration, travel, and capacity-building. Gender-based violence (GBV) has been contested locally, regionally, and globally. Grassroots activists have transformed local and national attitudes by provoking rigorous dialogue. International conventions and treaties provide the promise of increased protections for women, children, sexual and gender identity minorities, and individuals with disabilities. And as international protocols infiltrate domestic law, global protections are providing new opportunities for women, men, and children seeking to safeguard their bodies and seek justice for crimes perpetrated. At the same time, however, significant obstacles impede accountability and attitudinal change. In many nations, impunity from prosecution emboldens government agents, quasi-government militias, and private individuals. Ignorance of the laws or a cultural reluctance to seek redress via the law impedes progress in many nations. Some states stridently resist globalized pressures to domesticate international treaties and conventions, citing cultural, religious, and social arguments against global gender-based ideologies. And grassroots gender violence campaigners are increasingly wary of the cultural imperialism accompanying many ideological orientations, ranging from Marxist feminism and sexual liberation to neo-liberal dogma and academic chauvinism.

This conference seeks to examine the critical crossroads at which local and global gender-based violence campaigners and justice advocates find themselves today. We wish to explore the conflicts, commonalities, and resolutions in approaches to GBV among feminists and other philosophical and ideological frameworks in the global south and global north. And we are interested in how increasing transnational and global activities, such as trade liberalization and other economic developments are creating new kinds of violence, and/or encouraging and remedying violence.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words clearly identifying the argument, method of delivery, evidentiary basis or analytical framework, and site of research, study, or project, accompanied by a two-page CV identifying the proposer(s) by name, affiliation, address, and email, should be sent directly to Benjamin Lawrance, Conable Chair in International Studies by October 31, 2012. Decisions will be made in the fall semester and proposals selected will be announced by email and on the Conable Conference website. All participants are required to register online and pay the registration fee as confirmation prior to the publication of the final program.

In 2013, the Conable Conference welcomes the collaboration of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School and the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies at the University of Rochester. Previous Conable Conferences have examined asylum law, refugee resettlement, and the role of expert testimony, among other international issues, and resulted in scholarly publications. Information about previous conferences may be found below.

Previous Conferences

Refugees, Asylum Law, and Expert Testimony:
The Construction of Africa & the Global South in Comparative Perspective

April 12-14, 2012
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Conable Conference in International Studies
Cuisine, Technology & Development

March 24 - 26, 2011
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