WCWS 2021 Call for Papers

7th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2021

We invite academics, policymakers, activists, independent scholars and graduate students to send their abstracts to the 7th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2021 (WCWS 2021) under the theme “Transnational Feminisms–Contexts, Collaborations, Contestations:  Toward a Liveable Planet”.


About the theme:  Each year, the WCWS develops a new theme based on input from the previous year’s conference attendees, which are taken into consideration by the conference chair in an effort to reflect inspiring and critical ideas in Women’s Studies. This year, through the input of a number of participants, with special thanks to Dr. Nupur Ray’s detailed comments, we introduce the theme Transnational Feminisms–Contexts, Collaborations, Contestations:  Toward a Liveable Planet. A conference theme offers guiding questions for participants as they reflect on how to present their scholarly, activist, and/or policy-oriented work. Here we ask: What does it mean to create a liveable planet and what is the role of transnational feminisms in this most necessary of all endeavors? A liveable planet demands collaboration across disciplines, ideologies, experiences, and worldviews. It requires us to transform the processes that are creating ever-growing inequalities through inequities forged by the poisonous nexus of the following factors: late global capitalism and its corporate domination of the means of production, with GDP and global markets as the measure of economic success; multiple patriarchies; fundamentalist religious ideologies; the spread of increasingly authoritarian political systems; the resurgence of the nuclear threat; exponential population growth and the destruction of natural habitats, pollution, extractive technologies, toxic wastes and of course the existential threat of climate crisis.  How can transnational feminisms intervene in these processes, transforming them into sustainable, equitable, holistic, nurturing societies that value the creative and loving aspects of human cultural diversity, that measure “progress” and “complexity” not exclusively by technological advancement or by persistent neocolonial and neoliberal lenses, but which instead honor and protect endangered cultures, Indigenous peoples, and of course, the biosphere we all depend upon?  Let us reflect upon these questions and bring into focus the brilliant insights of the influential transnational feminist, M. Jaqui Alexander who argued in her 2005 work, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred:

If there were ever a moment when interdisciplinary is most needed it is now, but   we need a kind of interdisciplinary that fashions simultaneous articulations with  radical political movements in ways that bring the necessary complexity to the  multiple narratives about how history is made.”

Let’s move forward in this endeavor, harnessing the challenges and promises of transnational feminisms to reflect on the topics below and the questions above.

WCWS 2021 welcomes papers with the following topics but not limited to:

Gender Equality and Educational Systems
Toxic Masculinity
Resocialization of Men
Socialization of boys
Legal remedies
Implementing law
Law and accountability
Inheritance rights
Gender and Sexual Diversity
Women’s Human rights
Women, Climate Change and Inequality
Women Empowerment and Social Change
Challenging Male Dominance
Men as allies in the struggle
Women, Media and Technology
Transgender Rights and Sexual Diversity
Women’s Success Stories
Cyber Feminisms—Blogs, Zines, and Reproductive Rights

Activist Art
Feminism and decolonial praxis
Women’s Spirituality and Religion
Trafficking and Prostitution
Women in Politics and Public Administration
Women and Religion
Women and Islamic Sharia
Motherhood and Work-Life Balance
Equity and equality
Laws and Policies
Gendered and Sexual Diversities
Gendering the Covid-19 Pandemic
Gender and Intersectionality
Feminist pedagogy and writing
Gender and Migration
Climate crisis and Environmental activism
Women’s vulnerabilities
Popular and Folk cultures
Feminism and Nationalism

Maintaining a High-Quality Conference Standards and Publication Standards

The conference is specially designed by the TIIKM Research and Development team together with the conference chair and committee of experts from international universities, with the guidance of the Academic Governing Body of TIIKM conferences. WCWS 2021 is under the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The conference consists of publication opportunities with high quality supporting journals. Special Issues with Journal of International Women’s Studies (JIWS)  dedicated to prior WCWS indicate the ongoing partnership and successes of the conferences. As well, the double-blind peer-reviewed conference proceedings will be published in the Open Journal System (OJS) with ISSN and DOI.

Platform for Creating Bonds, Building Partnerships, Sharing Stories


The conference creates a unique blend of intimacy and professionalism, creating the kinds of spaces for the rigorous and supportive interactions envisioned by Women’s Studies scholars.   Women’s Studies has sought to disrupt the often overly competitive, dehumanizing masculinist model of academia; here at the WCWS we consciously seek to actualize an alternative space and platform for creating bonds, building partnerships, sharing our stories and our work, and realizing the truth that the personal is political.  WCWS 2021 will feature some new platforms and workshops. We are including rapid-fire presentations, conventional 15-minute presentations, and some special workshops.

Toward this end, we seek contributions from all persons working to create a freer world, to break shackles, to challenge the hurtful and harmful destruction of misogyny, sexism, homo- and transphobia as well as violence to the natural world on which all life depends.

Successful History 

WCWS 2021 is the 7th in a series of past successful conferences on Women’s Studies organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management. The WCWS annual conference series began in Colombo, Sri Lanka (WCWS 2015). After its initiation, three conferences were held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (WCWS 2016, WCWS 2017).  WCWS 2019 was held in Bangkok, Thailand. WCWS 2020 was turned to a virtual conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Today, the standard, impact, and quality of the WCWS conferences are highly recognized by the media and communication community in many parts of the world.

Abstract Submission and Deadlines

The Final Deadline for the Abstract Submission is on the Limited Slots Available. Please follow the instructions given on the Abstract Guidelines Page, when writing and submitting your abstract. Send your abstract at abstract@womenstudies.co

Registration Benefits

The conference provides you with various Registration Packages with many benefits included in your presentation category (Presenter/Attendee/Virtual) for the conference. Please refer to the Important Dates to know the registration and payment deadlines.