Call for Participants: COVID 19 and Gender

Betul Basaran's picture

We are seeking scholars, activists and creative artists (in the broad sense of the word) whose work explores the gendered and racial impact of the pandemic for the annual women, gender, and sexuality studies colloquium at St. Mary's College of Maryland, which we plan to hold in person during the 3rd week in March 2022. At this point, we are looking to identify individuals whose work is centered around the inequities created or exacerbated by the pandemic. If you are interested or can recommend someone other than yourself, please email me at

Our proposed theme, broadly speaking, is Race, Gender, and the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Now in its 22nd year, the WGSX Colloquium is an annual series on various topics that focus on a contemporary, interdisciplinary issue or idea critical to the lives of women and to our understanding of gender and sexualities. The Colloquium is hosted by the WGSX cross-disciplinary study area and is scheduled to coincide with Women’s History Month. It's one of the centerpiece academic programming events at the college, and we've come to enjoy broad support from all corners of campus. That's also allowed us to attract national and international scholars, artists, and activists over the years. This is critical to how we conceive of the colloquium: as much as we possibly can achieve it, the speakers always include an academic, a creative, and a grassroots voice in dialog with one another. Speakers typically give a solo address and then participate in a closing roundtable discussion. Depending on availability and scheduling, speakers may also make a class visit or interact with students in more informal ways while on campus. If you'd like to get a sense of the scope, intentions, and past topics of the event, you may follow this link:

More recent colloquiums included “#MeToo”, “Dismantling Borders: Immigration, Gender and Sexuality, and Islamophobia”, “Agent of Change: Women in Politics, Activism and Advocacy”, “Policing Race and Gender: Resisting Violence, Reclaiming Justice” and “Gender Goes to Jail”. 

Since this is a two-day event including travel, the honorarium we can offer is typically between $1000-1250, with up to $350 additional to reimburse travel expenses. St. Mary’s is about 80 miles by car from Washington DC on the banks of the St. Mary's River.

Thank you and with best wishes,

Betül Başaran (she/her)
Professor of History
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator
St. Mary's College of Maryland 
18952 East Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686