California University of Pennsylvania's Women's Studies Program is holding its third annual conference on March 27th, 2008.
This year’s theme is “The Other Side of Beauty: Impact on a Woman’s Sense of Self”. Dr. Linda B. Hall, author of Mary, Mother, and Warrior: The Virgin in Spain and the Americas, will be our keynote speaker and discuss the ways in which beauty served (and failed to serve) three foreign divas – Garbo, Dietrich, and del Rio – in the 1930s and 1940s as the war in Europe began to influence the U.S. and then became the central national focus. The conference is interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars employing a variety of approaches to understand patriarchy, inequality, and the experiences of women around the world, past and present.
Papers on all topics of women’s lives are welcome, however our focus will be on the construction of feminine beauty and its effects on women and men. We are especially interested in scholarship examining connections and contradictions between ideas of women’s inner and outer beauty and the ways in which patriarchal constructions of beauty are used to control women. We encourage contributions from scholars of diverse disciplines and all levels.
The conference includes a statewide art contest and exhibition.
Panel submissions, roundtables, and individual abstracts are welcome. California University of Pennsylvania is located about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. Please send a proposal (300 words or less) and a C.V. or resume. Please address all queries, submissions, and abstracts to either Dr. Andrae Marak or Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux.
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