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Women's Studies Conferences

Call For Papers

The BYU Women's Studies annual conference provides a space for U.S. and international scholars from a variety of disciplines to share and discuss their research on women's lives, representations of women, and gender. Professors, independent scholars, and students are invited to attend and submit proposals for papers, sessions, or panels. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the place and role of women in marriage and the family in both local and global settings. Conference organizers seek papers, panels, and creative projects that address topics such as:

Women and Marriage

  • Marriage, Family Relationships, and Health
  • Marriage, Religion, and the Law
  • Marriage and Family in a secular world
  • Arranged Marriages
  • Interracial Marriages
  • “Un-veiling” the marriage: women, marriage, and Islam in the European Union
  • Representations of Women and Marriage in Literature, Film, and Art 

​Women and Family

  • Shifting Roles in the Family
  • Gender, Family Adjustments, and Transitions
  • Family and Economic and Cultural Issues
  • Women as Daughters, Sisters, Grandmothers 
  • Clichés, Stereotypes, and Caricature
  • Women as Mothers
  • Women and Child-rearing

Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief CV to by May 15, 2014. Graduate students should also send a 8-10 page paper to; Address all questions or complete papers to

Keynote speaker: Professor Patricia Mainardi a leading authority on 19th- century European art, a pioneering women’s studies professor, author of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers: Marriage and Its Discontents in Nineteenth-Century France (Yale  University Press, 2003).

Provo Hotels:
Conference participants will obtain special rates at Spring Hill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.

Spring Hills Suites Provo
Address: 1580 N Freedom Blvd, Provo, UT 84601
Phone:(801) 373-0073
Hotel class: 3 stars
10 mins away from BYU
Conference Rate: $97 per night

Provo Marriott Hotel
Address: 101 West 100 North · Provo, UT 84601 
Phone: (801) 377-4700
Hotel class: 5 stars
24 mins away from BYU

Residence Inn Provo
Address: 252 W 2230 N St, Provo, UT 84604
Phone:(801) 374-1000
Hotel class: 3 stars
20 mins away from BYU

Courtyard by Marriott Provo
Address: 1600 N Freedom Blvd, Provo, UT 84604
Phone: (801) 373-2222
Hotel class: 3 stars
12 mins away from BYU
Conference Rates: $89 per night

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:
For directions to campus please see this google map.

Most of the Conference will be held in the The Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB). It 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.

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

Fall 2013 Conference: Women, Race, and Ethnicity

Fall 2012 Conference Photos

Fall 2012 Conference: Women and Territories

Fall 2011 Conference: Women and Creativity


Other University Women's Studies Conferences

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Deadline for Submissions

Conference dates 
Women, Leadership, and Society Yerevan State University March 31, 2014 June 10, 2014
En el bicentenario de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda: legados de creación femenina Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística March 30, 2014 Nov 10-14, 2014
Tracing paths: Journey's, Crossroads, and Directions Gemela March 1, 2014 Sept 8-10
Women's Studies on the Edge Texas Tech University February 24, 2014 April 17-19, 2014
Women of Character, Courage and Commitment University of Texas at El Paso February 21, 2014 March 25-27, 2014
Histories on The Edge Toronto, Canada -- May 22-24, 2014
Feminist Transgressions / National Women's Studies Association San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Nov 13-16, 2014
Western Association of Women's History Conference Pomona, CA -- May 1-3, 2014