CFP for NWSA 2016 Proposed Panel – Gender and Bodily Regulation (Bodies and Biopolitics conference subtheme) (November 2016)

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Call for Papers
February 20, 2016
Quebec, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Law and Legal History, Literature, Philosophy, Political History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

CFP for panel proposal for NWSA (National Women's Studies Association) 2016 -- November 10-13 -- Montréal, Quebec

We are looking to fill out our panel with engaging research to present on how bodies are regulated around gender through legislation, policy, and governance. Bodies are often reshaped or even dismembered in literal and figurative ways to support a biopolitical formulation of an idealized populace. Bodies may also be exiled or marked out in ways that confirm a certain status as outsider. Our current papers look at antebellum U.S. slavery and contemporary health care regulation.

Some key questions for exploration include:

  • What is at stake in regulating gender?
  • How does formal regulation of bodies reflect aspects of governance?
  • How might bodies be literally or figuratively reshaped or even dismembered through a process of regulation?
  • How does the regulation of othered bodies help formulate and instantiate an idealized populace?
  • What are some modes/sites of resistance to such forms of biopolitical regulation?


Please email questions and proposals of about 200 words along with a CV to Ashley Byock ( by February 20 for consideration. We will review submissions quickly. NWSA panel submissions are due February 22. You can find more about this year’s NWSA CFP at

Contact Info: 

Ashley Byock, PhD
Associate Professor
English Department
Director, Digital Humanities Initiative
Director of Composition
Edgewood College

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