Amid ongoing anti-trans, anti-LGBQ+, anti-critical race theory, and anti-reproductive freedom legislation sweeping the country, libraries and information workers find themselves as frequent targets of debate surrounding censorship, intellectual liberty, and bodily autonomy. This gathering seeks to create an inclusive space for difficult, fruitful conversations that foreground gender, sexuality, and the body, with consideration for libraries and cultural heritage institutions as sites of both liberation and oppression. The planning committee for the 2024 Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium (GSISC) invites you to join us June 14, 2024 at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, to foster dialogue among librarians, archivists, and information workers on our profession and its locus among the intersections of gender, queerness, race, sexuality, and the freedom to exist and thrive in our bodies. We invite proposals that address a range of topics regarding the problems and potential of libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions - past, present, and future - as sites that center our bodies.
Questions and considerations might include, but are not limited to:
Please direct any questions or concerns to GSISC2024@gmail.com. Please note that we are a fully volunteer run conference. While we staff our inbox, sometimes we may take a few days to get back to you.
Early deadline for feedback on your proposal – October 1 - October 15, 2023
Feedback received on your proposal (early deadline proposals) - November 1, 2023
Final deadline for proposals – January 19, 2024
Notification of acceptance – February 19, 2024
Registration opens* - March 18, 2024
Colloquium date – June 14, 2024
Note: Further logistics will be unfolding.
* The planning committee is working to keep this a low cost registration.
Sara Howard (chair), Princeton University
August Roberts, Princeton University
Bernadette Birzer-Floresca, Tulane University
Caitlin Shanley, Temple University
Chloe Raub, Dumbarton Oaks
Holly Smith, Spelman College
Kristan Shawgo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, New York University
Valencia Johnson, Princeton University