Call for Papers

The concept of “citizIMG_3132enship” raises questions of individual and collective political identity, inclusion and exclusion, regulation and discipline, community and nation, activism and engagement, and responsibilities and rights. The 2016 Gender and Citizenship conference takes up these themes and brings together scholars from both rhetoric and political science to consider performances and articulations of gender, sex, sexuality, nation, race, ethnicity and citizenship across U.S. and global contexts.

Plenary presentations will consider a number of topics, emphasizing different forms of enactment of citizenship by elected officials, community members, and social movements and drawing attention to issues particularly relevant to a gendered understanding of citizenship. The Gender and Citizenship plenary speakers include Professors Karrin Vasby Anderson, Bonnie J. Dow, Lisa Flores, Kristy Maddux, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, and Isaac West. The 2016 conference will also feature Professor Charles E. Morris delivering Texas A&M’s annual Kurt Ritter Lecture in Political Rhetoric.

The conference will feature both plenary speakers and contributed paper presentations. Scholars interested in contributing a paper to the conference should submit an abstract (up to 500 words) to

Deadline for abstract submissions is October 1, 2015; notifications of acceptance will go out November 1, 2015. For more information, contact conference co-directors Dr. Tasha Dubriwny or Dr. Kristan Poirot, Department of Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Texas A&M University, at or

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