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BYU Women's Studies 2nd Annual Conference Fall 2012

November 1-3, 2012

Conference highlights include a new play, performance art, an international banquet, and two plenary speakers: Samira Harnish (the founder and president of Women of the World) and Amy Mills (University of South Carolina geography professor), who will present "Headscarves and Automobiles: Gender and Satire in Early Republican Turkey."

Please join us!

The BYU Women’s Studies Conference 2012 will focus on women and territories. Whether in their home, or in nature, in crowded cities or small isolated villages, women leave their mark on their space, they trace or cross boundaries, they discover new lands, or they long for a place they had to abandon. Women geographers or explorers, but also women who are displaced from their territory to a new one, women who help construct national identities or who are seen as an incarnation of exotic destinations, they all delineate a space, or are perceived as part of one.


Banquet Registration:

Friday evening following our conference plenary speaker and performance art, we will enjoy an International Banquet. The banquet will take place at 6 p.m. in B003 JFSB. Tickets for the banquet for WS minors are $5, other students pay $7, and everyone else pays $10. Tickets will be available tomorrow and Wednesday in the WS office (1065 JFSB). Stop by and purchase your reduced-price ticket right away!

Planning your trip:
The conference will begin Thursday, November 2. Please see our full schedule.
 We have obtained conference rates at The Courtyard by Marriott and the SpringHill Suites, both are near campus. See rates below:
Courtyard Marriot (801) 373-2222 $89/night, no breakfast, high speed internet, pool, fitness center, restuarant, free service shuttle to campus
Springhill Suites (801) 373-0073 $95/night, complimentary breakfast, high speed internet, pool, fitness center, restuarant, free service shuttle to campus

The earliest you can check-in to either of these is October 31.  In order to get these conference rates, you must make your reservation by Friday, October 19.  Please state that you are attending the BYU Women's Studies Conference to get the conference rate.  

Airport and Transportation:
The airport for the symposium is Salt Lake international Airport (SLC). You may take the following or search for your own options:

Shuttle Service: 
Xpress Shuttle:
Public Transport:
Yellow Cab of Provo:

Location and Parking:

The Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB) is located on West Campus Drive at Brigham Young University. The JFSB is west of the Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) and North of the Spencer W. Kimball Tower (SWKT).

BYU Visitor parking is just off of North Campus Drive in front of the Museum of Art, and east of the Wilkinson Center. Parking is free. After 7 PM on weekdays and all day Saturaday, visitors may park in the JFSB underground parking garage.

For directions to campus please see this google map.
campus map

Conference Co-organizers: 
Dr. Anca Sprenger, Associate Professor of French Literature and Women's Studies Executive Committee Member
Dr. Valerie Hegstrom, Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and Coordinator of Women's Studies

Conference Student Interns:
Chrissie Cook Edmunds, Women's Studies Minor, Majoring in Psychology
Liz Young, Women's Studies Minor, Majoring in Anthropology
Chelsea Bakaitis, Women's Studies Minor, Majoring in Geography

We Want you!


We are looking for volunteers to help greet conference goers, set-up refreshments, and  prepare the banquet. Volunteers will recieve free registration, and those who help with the banquet will be able to attend for free.

To volunteer please e-mail Chelsea Bakaitis at

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