2017 Call for Papers

2017 OSCLG Conference

40 Shades of Purple: Four Decades of Feminisms

October 5-8, 2017

Embassy Suites, Omaha, NE

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Sponsored by 

Creighton University


College of St. Mary

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Erika Kirby, Conference Planner

Melanie Mills, Program Planner


The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) invites scholars, artists, teachers, consultants, and activists to celebrate 40 years of gathering to imagine a better world through feminist thinking and practices.

OSCLG has grown from a series of interdisciplinary conferences that began at Bowling Green State University in 1978 to become a well established interdisciplinary and international feminist organization that fosters the presentation of research, creative projects, and activism in the areas of communication, language, and gender and advances feminist values in the academy and our communities. This year we celebrate four decades of feminisms; forty years of valuing, conceptualizing, and practicing equality across differences.

“Forty” is thought to represent a time of renewal after a period of trial and tribulation, a season of regeneration. We call for scholars across academic disciplines, communities of practice, and research approaches to celebrate where we have been and imagine where we can go as feminists in our work, families, communities, and, indeed, the world. Let’s use our history to envision a better tomorrow across multiple contexts (social, political, economic, legal, and more). We encourage papers that explore multiple waves or decades of feminist history/practices, address how to use our his/her/hir-stories to improve our futures, and raise questions about conceptual foundations that need to be challenged to move forward in inclusive, collaborative, and productive ways.

We will be hosting the 40th Annual Meeting of OSCLG at the Downtown Embassy Suites  (555 South 10th Street; 402-346-9000) in Omaha, Nebraska. The hotel borders on the Old Market area, a historic district that is filled with restaurants and shops. The hotel is one block from the Durham Western Heritage Museum. In the city of Omaha, there is the world famous Henry Doorly Zoo as well as the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens (see also https://www.visitomaha.com/). Accommodations at the hotel will be $159 for a single or double, $174 for a triple, and $189 for a quadruple and this includes free breakfast, free drinks and hors de oeuvres at the afternoon happy hour, and free shuttle service to and from Omaha’s Eppley Airfield.  Rooms can be booked as of June 1 and the room rate goes throughSeptember 5; please reference OSCLG in your call to make reservations.

Please join us in celebrating multiple shades of feminisms as we (re) imagine our collective possibilities!

Paper and panel submissions are due by June 1, 2017 and should be submitted via the online submission form here.

Please note that all participants may present or participate in up to two sessions only (not counting non-presenting authors on a multi-authored paper).

Panel Proposals—Each proposal must include the following information:

  • Panel title and one to two paragraphs rationale explaining the rationale for the panel
  • Panel chair’s name & contact information (including affiliation, phone & email).
  • Names & contact information of panelists (including affiliation, phone & email).
  • One paragraph description of each panelist’s topic (Audio-visual equipment must be ordered in advance so please indicate any AV needs).
  • If you are in need of panelists for your topic idea, feel free to post your idea on the OSCLG listserve at osclg-l@mtu.edu or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OSCLG-Organization-for-the-Study-of-Communication-Language-Gender-162334366299/

Round Table Discussion Proposal—Each proposal must include:

  • Title and topic of discussion, and one-two paragraph rationale that explains the purpose of the discussion.
  • Discussion leader’s name and contact information (including organizational affiliation, phone, and email).
  • If relevant, a list of invited participants (including organizational affiliation, phone, and email).
  • If you have a topic idea and need discussants, feel free to post your idea on the OSCLG list serve at osclg-1@mtu.edu or Facebook page (link above)

Paper (Completed papers or extended abstracts)—Each paper or abstract must include:

  • On the first page, please indicate the title of your paper, your name, and contact information (including organizational affiliation, phone and email). If this is a student paper, please indicate so on the title page. Submit completed paper or extended abstract (250-750 words). Please indicate any audio-visual needs.
  • Individual papers will be grouped into panels with other papers on similar topics. Participants typically have 12-15 minutes to present their papers.

Alternative Presentations OSCLG welcomes submissions for alternative presentation formats such as videos, individual or group performances.

If you have questions about the program or the submission process, feel free to contact program planner Melanie Mills (mbmills@eiu.edu).