Scholars to Convene on Campus for ACS Women′s and Gender Studies Conference


Publication Date: 2/23/2009

Rhodes’ Gender & Sexuality Studies will host the eighth biennial Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Women’s & Gender Studies Conference March 6-7. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and distinguished scholars will convene to discuss research related to the conference theme “The Personal is Still Political: Gendered Identities in the Twenty-First Century.”

Dr. Leslie Petty, Assistant Professor of English and the conference director, has spent over a year with a team of professors planning the event and reviewing paper proposals. Submissions have been from members of ACS schools, graduate schools such as Vanderbilt University and  institutions as far away as Université d’Angers in Angers, France.

The conference will include a series of panels with individuals from various academic disciplines presenting their interpretation of the theme, followed by a moderated discussion between the presenters and the audience. Members of the Rhodes community are welcome to attend these presentations.

The keynote address “Anti-Racist Resistance and the Future of Feminism” will be delivered by scholar and activist Dr. Angela Davis who is a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“This conference is an opportunity for faculty and undergraduates to gather for an intellectual, nuanced discussion about gender and sexuality,” says Petty. “As soon as society begins to believe itself just, those are the moments when we actually regress and experience greater injustice. This event will allow us to keep interrogating the systemic forces that maintain inequality as part of the effort to keep that regression at bay.”

For more information, view the conference schedule or contact Professor Petty at