There’s still time to register for our fabulous conference!

Directions to conference venue: Berrick Saul Building

The conference will be held at the Humanities Research Centre (HRC), Berrick Saul Building, at the University of York.

"The HRC is located within the Berrick Saul Building, a spectacular new structure at the heart of the Heslington West campus.

The Building can be easily reached by public transport: the no. 4 bus runs from the railway station to the campus via the city centre every ten to fifteen minutes: please alight at the Morrell Library stop, and walk towards the Market Square from which you will see signs to the Building.

Parking is available less than five minutes’ walk from the HRC in Campus Central Car Park; visitors with mobility difficulties can drive or be dropped off at the door of the Berrick Saul building, in which the HRC is located. The building is fully accessible for disabled visitors.”

This link information on how to get to campus via public transport…

Prepay for the Friday evening meal at La Tasca, York!

We have a reservation for a lovely fixed price meal at La Tasca on Lower Swinegate, York. More info on the Menu Espanol available here:

We need to have accurate numbers for the meal, so please prebook here:

The conference is in less than two weeks! So excited!

The conference programme is up! Check it out…

Conference updates!

Thanks for the great abstracts! It’s going to be a great conference. I should be posting the final programme on Monday…

We begin Friday evening with readings and a performance, then Saturday will be packed with concurrent roundtables and panels.

Confirmed speakers in include CWS alumnae Rozena Maart and Paula Morris and reps from GIRLMUSEUM.ORG (all the way from New Zealand)! and Manchester-based Feminist Webs!

Please register before February 3 if possible.

And contact me with any questions!

See you all soon,

melinda :)

Just got back from the Fulbright Forum and will be working on the conference programme this weekend. I hope to respond to all the folks who submitted proposals by Monday or so. Thanks!

Register for the conference online!

Just updated links for registration, travel, and accommodation…

Call for Papers

You’re invited to:

After Girl Power: What’s Next? Girls’ Studies conference at the Berrick Saul Humanities Centre, University of York, February 24-25, 2012.

CFP: “After Girl Power: What’s Next?” Girls’ Studies Conference

February 24-25, 2012
Berrick Saul Humanities Research Centre
University of York

Hosted by:

Centre for Women’s Studies
University of York

Contact: Dr. Melinda Luisa de Jesus
Visiting/Fulbright Scholar, Centre for Women’s Studies

Proposal deadline: January 10, 2012

Almost twenty years have passed since The Spice Girls popularized the term “girl power”. In this time period have the lives of girls around the world significantly changed for the better?

 Since the mid-1990s Girls’ Studies has rapidly developed into a distinctive and important field within Women’s Studies. Mary Celeste Kearney and Marnina Gonick et al’s recent assessments of the discipline identify two major theoretical challenges Girls’ Studies must confront in the 21st century: 1) the impact of globalization and neo-liberalist and post-feminist discourse on girls, girlhood and girl cultures; and 2) the urgent need for more work by and about minority girls/girls of colour.

 Informed by these concerns, After Girl Power: What’s Next ? will explore the state of global girlhoods and the state of Girls’ Studies itself as an evolving discipline. We envision the conference as a way to raise awareness about Girls’ Studies and girls’ issues in general, and as a crucial space to bring together Girls’ Studies scholars, students, advocates for girls/youth, and local girls to encourage dialogue, networking and joint projects.

 We seek proposals that emphasize racial/ethnic diversity and collaborative work between girls and researchers. Moreover, in addition to the traditional research conference format of panel presentations, we envision “After Girl Power” as encouraging collaborative, creative presentations about girl cultures and concerns, and girl-centric activism. We seek girl-centred performances, films, and art, as well as roundtable and/or poster sessions highlighting the work of schools and girls’ organizations.

Proposals should include a 250 word brief abstract or description outlining the presentation, and should include the names and contact info of all presenters. Please specify any digital media needs (powerpoint, projector, etc) and we will do our best to accommodate.

 Conference keynote speakers include:

- Dr. Rozena Maart, Chair of Gender Studies, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and a Centre for Women’s Studies alumna. Scholar/writer/activist Maart is the author of the award-winning novels Rosa’s District 6 and The Writing Circle.

Suggested topics include:

  • Fourth wave feminisms
  • Resistance and agency
  • Girlhood and history
  • Sex education and information access
  • Youth cultures
  • Girlhood and Media
  • Body image
  • Sexuality
  • Education
  • Relational aggression
  • Global sisterhoods
  • Commercialization of girlhood
  • Young adult literature and children’s literature
  • Girls responding to popular culture
  • Girls and the arts
  • Girls and sports
  • Girls and digital media and social networking
  • Girls and politics
  • Girls and activism
  • Girls and religion and spirituality
  • Girls and gangs

More information will be forthcoming regarding conference registration fees, housing, travel, programme, etc.

 Questions? Please contact Melinda de Jesus: