Conference on Sexuality

Contact Information:

Women's Studies Program
Box 498
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Phone: 615-898-5910
Fax: 615-898-5289

The Middle Tennessee State University Interdisciplinary Women's Studies
Conference on Sexuality

Thursday, March 26 - Friday, March 27, 2009
Location: Tom Jackson Building
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN

Keynote Speakers:
Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner

Peggy McIntosh


Conference Schedule and Travel Information

Detailed Conference Schedule


Keynote Speaker Information

Please join us for the 2009 Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Conference at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, March 26―27, 2009 . MTSU's Women's Studies Program has presented this conference every other year for many years, and it is always a pleasure to meet colleagues and friends in a forum where we exchange ideas and experiences and get energized.

In order to make the conference a more satisfying experience to all, we have reorganized the 2009 Conference format. Instead of multiple panel sessions, there will be a single panel session at each scheduled time so that all participants can attend all presentations. We will also have speakers and other events. We hope that this arrangement will promote engagement among participants and presenters and provide an opportunity for all to share as fully as possible in the conference experience.

The theme of the 2009 conference is sexuality , a very broad topic that allows us to explore current issues in feminist scholarship related to sex and gender. The call for proposals (see link at left) provides some possible topics and areas that might be addressed, such as biology, culture, and sexuality; gender construction and sexuality; class and sexuality; sexualizing childhood; sex trafficking; feminism and sexuality; the construction of perversity, and many more possibilities that address this broad field.

The conference keynote speakers are Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner (see link at left). They are co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future and Grassroots: A Field Guide to Feminist Activism and cofounders of Soapbox Inc., a progressive lecture agency.

The conference also features a workshop by diversity scholar and activist Peggy McIntosh.

Pre-conference Speaker:

On March 24, 2009, bell hooks will be on campus as part of MTSU's Women's History Month celebration. She will present at 4:00 p.m. at the Keathley University Center, followed by a book signing and reception. The presentation is free and open to the public. Contact the MTSU June Anderson Women's Center for more information: 615-898-2193 or email Director Terri Johnson at

Please contact us with any questions.