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Citizenship at the Intersections: 100 Years Since the 19th Amendment

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March 5-7, 2020

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution marked a fundamental change to women’s citizenship status in the US. Yet, that change was iterative and incomplete. As we recognize the 100 year anniversary of the amendment, this conference invites participants to explore citizenship at the intersections by looking backward, forward, and to the present moment. In particular we ask: How can we best understand the complex histories of the 19thamendment and women’s citizenship status with explicit attention to silences and absences? What are our current challenges and possibilities for civic engagement, inclusion, and advocacy? How do our institutions and social movements silence and empower? What are the possibilities for change, and how can that change occur?  Karma Chavez, Ersula Ore, and Isaac West will deliver keynote presentations. Other confirmed presenters include E. Cram, Lisa Flores, Annie Hill, Catherine Palczewski, Belinda Stillion Southard, and Shirley Wilson Logan.

Faculty and graduate students from both inside and outside of Communication are encouraged to participate. Those interested in presenting are invited to submit a 2-3 page proposal before September 15, 2019. Send submissions to conference assistant Lisa Roth at

This conference is sponsored by the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC). ORWAC promotes dialogue, discussion, research, and scholarship concerned with women, feminism, gender, oppression, and social change.

The conference is also supported by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Communication, the Rhetorical Leadership Certificate Program, Political Science Department, and Women’s and Gender Studies at UWM.

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