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Australian Women and Gender Studies Conference

Wednesday, 13 November 2024 - Friday, 15 November 2024
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM (NSW Time)
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM (QLD Time)
Gold Coast Campus
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The Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
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AWGSA biennial conference 2024:

"Not Just Another (Feminist) Conference": Gathering To Explore Courageous Feminisms

Dates: 13 - 15 November 2024

Call for papers

Abstract submissions are now open for the biennial Australian Women & Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) Biannual Conference.

This year our conference is themed “Not Just Another (Feminist) Conference: Gathering To Explore Courageous Feminisms”.

We invite broad submissions that explore topics related to our broad conference themes on Anti-coloniality, Breath, Sustainability, Love, Relationships, Grief, Loss, Violences, Technology, AI, Community and Solidarity. 

Please read more about our conference themes AWGSA biennial conference 2024.

We welcome graduate students, post-grads, senior academics and practitioners (therapists, policymakers, stakeholders, advocates, social workers, psychologists, teachers, health care workers etc.) who are involved in women’s and gender work from across any disciplines and fields to submit an abstract that will contribute to this 3-day gathering of knowledge creation and circulation.

About the conference

This is not your typical conference. We are doing things, sharing knowledge, and gathering differently and intentionally.  In the midst of the current global chaos, violence, war, genocide, femicides, and climate dystopias, more is being demanded of us - and, rightfully so. We want to explore how we engage in feminist work courageously within and outside the academy while also sustaining ourselves and others. 

The conference is a space for rigorous intellectual conversation, exchange and critique; however, we do not subscribe to the traditional adversarial model of conference criticism as we do not believe it fosters collegiality. Instead, we prefer to emphasise the principle of intellectual generosity.

We are intentional and deliberate in engaging in language and actions that dignify our peers and colleagues at the conference.  As you consider putting in an abstract, you are encouraged to commit to co-creating an environment where dignified interactions become intrinsic to everyone's collective experience. This will ensure that the conference serves as a platform for meaningful dialogue, and the advancement of feminist principles of care, respect and equity.

To be inclusive of how different ideas can be shared, we invite traditional papers in the format of a paper presentation, as well as creative and innovative formats and approaches to knowledge circulation. Poetry? Spoken word? Songs? Skits? Art? Dance or movement practice? A yoga class and reflection? Meditation?

Please note: This is also an unapologetic feminist space and exclusionary behaviour in the form of racism, transphobia, queerphobia, sexism, Islamophobia, and ableism will not be accepted. Please read our AWGSA biennial conference 2024 code of conduct and review Southern Cross University's purpose and values here.

The AWGSA conference is proudly hosted at the Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus, with the support of the Office of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Academic Capability).

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Conference themes

  • Decoloniality & Anti-Coloniality
  • Breath
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Technology and AI
  • Love and relationships
  • Global violence
  • Gender-based violence
  • Healing and resting
  • Community and solidarity
  • Creativity and joy

Types of presentations

  1. Oral academic presentations: traditional oral academic presentations are welcome. Please include a 250 word abstract with your submission. (20 mins)
  2. Panels: you are welcome to submit a pre-organised panel with your colleagues around a topic of interest aligning to this year’s themes. Please include an overall abstract 250 words plus bios of 50 words per person. (30 mins)
  3. Reflections: we are happy to accept reflections – spoken word, poetry, etc – alongside traditional academic papers. Please submit an outline, and format details along with biographical note.  (10 mins)
  1. Workshops: you are welcome to submit a pre-organised workshop with your colleagues around a topic of interest aligning to this year’s themes. Please include an overall abstract 250 words plus bios of 50 words per person.
  2. Creative pieces (art, theatre, music, dance, writing): we welcome creative responses to feminist issues, including art, music, dance, movement, creative stories, and more. Submit a description of your work (10 mins).
  3. Movement sessions: if you are an emerging or experienced practitioner or simply like to help support people to move more and would like to share this with others in the community, please submit an expression of interest. This may be yoga, breathwork, walking, or other movement practices. Submit an expression of interest with your biographical note and any other details.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts due

Deadline for abstracts by 30 May, 2024

Submit your abstract
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Key Dates

  • Abstracts are due by: 30 May, 2024
  • Conference: 13 - 15 November 2024
  • Registration to attend will be available soon


All submissions need to include the following information:

  • Name(s) of presenters/performers/facilitators
  • Any institutional details
  • Title of session/paper
  • Description/abstract: please include as much detail as possible including which theme you and what type of submission you are making (see Types of presentations)
  • Biographical note: up to 100 words
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Resources and Partners

Downloads for more information about the AWGSA biennial conference 2024.

AWGSA Biennial Conference 2024 AWGSA Biennial Conference 2024 code of conduct AWGSA website AWGSA Distinguished Paper Prize Award 2024

Conference venue

Terminal Dr, Bilinga QLD 4225 (adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport)

Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta, just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport. Views of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast Hinterland can be enjoyed from many vantage points in the campus buildings.

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