Call for Abstracts: Posters and Presentations

Submission Deadline: EXTENDED TO JANUARY 10, 2014!!  (we will notify submitters of their status by February 1, 2014).

Criteria for Submission: Students, faculty, and professionals of all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for posters and/or oral presentations on the conference theme of “Uncensored: Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements in Global Health.”

The intent of this conference is to extend and amplify the dialogue surrounding gender, sexuality, and social movements in global health.  By questioning and conversing, analyzing and disseminating ideas, and searching for what can be accepted within the inconsistencies, we can break down stigmas and stereotypes, and gain greater insight and understanding of these themes.  And though there are significant challenges and problems to be addressed, there is also much to be celebrated: pleasure, creativity, empowerment, and rich cultural diversities.

We will be accepting approximately 30 posters through a competitive process and a very limited number of oral presentations.  We are looking for presentations that speak to the following conference foci:

Voices & Visibility: Power, Media, & The Arts in Global Health
“If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language.” -Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie
This track will emphasize the importance of bearing witness and giving voice to the voiceless, while addressing the complexities of power and privilege.  By extending beyond the biomedical framework of global health, perhaps we can find a more equitable discourse of visions, aspirations, and change.
Topics include: gender, sexuality, race, violence, inequality, immigration status, mental health, journalism, media, theater

Perceptions Unmasked: Language, Culture, Rhetoric, & Religion
The Perceptions Unmasked Track highlights a variety of topics within cultural practices; identity and rhetoric surrounding sexuality, gender, and social movements; and personal perspectives from immigrants, refugees, and marginalized individuals. Perceptions Unmasked focuses on topics that are often overlooked, but which have a large humanistic component. This track emphasizes the individual and intimate narratives and how individual stories impact the larger societal dialogue.
Topics include: language, culture, rhetoric, religion, sexuality, gender, immigration, refugees, alternative medicine, sexual education, female genital cutting, research labels

Seeking Justice for Vulnerable Populations
This track will highlight the interplay between power and gender within and around institutional frameworks. By attending these panel discussions, you will hear from experts with a variety of perspectives speaking about some crucial topics related to human rights, reproductive health, gender violence, and equal representation in conducting clinical trials.
Topics include: gender, sexuality, research ethics, vulnerable populations, reproductive justice, reproductive health, reproductive rights, gender violence, human rights, clinical trials, public health research

Celebrating Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements
So often gender and sexuality and problematized and medicalized in global health, without acknowledging the joys, creativity, and diversities of gender and sexual expression in different cultures throughout the world.  Social movements as a method of change to address these and other public health issues are frequently ignored and invisibilized.  This track will explore these themes by sharing stories of success achieved both by individuals and by broader social efforts to improve public health, perceptions of gender and sexuality, and quality of life for diverse groups of people.
Topics include: gender, sexuality, social movements, transgender, HIV/AIDS, sweat shops, sex ed, disability rights

The People United: Advocacy, Activism, & Social Movements in Global Health
From street protests to strikes, from community organizing to online campaigning, grassroots social movements have played a major role in shaping global health. In this track, we will focus on advocacy and activism, and discuss alternative viewpoints that challenge mainstream perceptions of global health and health care. Topics include political resistance, indigenous peoples movements, economic justice, and feminist perspectives on global health, among others.

The Modernization of Sexual Health: The Impact of Technological and Clinical Advancements on the Developing World
This track will explore the impact of technology and clinical services on gender and sexual health. Breakout sessions will address the role of globalization and social media in dating, sexuality, and identity development. Panelists will present innovative perspectives, ranging from new scientific technologies to emerging social movements.
Topics include: technology, social media, male contraception, identity, feminine hygiene, sex organ surgery

General Global Health
If your poster or presentation does not fit into any of the above categories, please select this option.  We are open to receiving abstracts on a wide range of topics, and you may be selected even if your abstract is not strictly related to one of our six themed tracks!

Criteria for selection: The abstract committee will review all submissions by the following criteria: originality; organization; quality and clarity; methods and materials used; and relevance of the project to the conference foci.

Deadline: Late submissions will not be accepted.  If you have any questions regarding an abstract submission, please contact Mariel Boyarsky at the Global Health Resource Center (GHRC) at boyarsky@uw.edu

Guidelines: All abstracts must be submitted in English.  Total word count, excluding author names, affiliations and titles, must be under 250 words.  Submissions with word counts far exceeding 250 will not be considered by the review committee.  Handwritten abstracts will not be reviewed.