Past Conferences


Transformative Education: Then. When? Now!


Building and Maintaining an Academic Women’s and Gender Studies Learning Community

1976 was the first year a women’s studies conference was held in the UW System, at UW-Madison, initiated by campus librarians, with the theme of “Development of Resources for Women’s Studies in the UW System“.

In 2016 the UW-Madison 4W Initiative and the UW Women and Gender Studies Consortium joined forces to present the first 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-being with a focus on the research, scholarship, teaching and learning, activism and women’s well-being in a global context, across all schools and disciplines.

The 4W Summit organizers support, respect, and value all people’s identities, and see this Summit as part of work toward a transformed, multicultural, and inclusive environment, that promotes increased understandings of feminism and its interconnections with issues of race, ethnicity, age, class, ability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity; and encourage participation representative of our campuses and communities.

We are proud of our UW Women’s and Gender Studies Conferences. This page contains links to pdfs of most of the conference brochures since 1976.

3rd Annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being
Our Bodies, Our Earth: Voice, Violence, and Peacemaking
April 12-14, 2018, Pyle Center, UW-Madison

2nd Annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being
TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION: Equity, Sustainability, Empowerment
April 27-29, 2017, Pyle Center, UW-Madison

1st Annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being
April 15-16, 2016, Pyle Center, UW-Madison

38th Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference and 9th LGBTQ Conference
Gendered Planet: Ethics, Ecology, and Equity
October 17-18, 2014, University Center, UW-River Falls

37th Wisconsin Women’s Studies and 8th LGBTQ Studies Conference
Knowledge in the Making in Women’s, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies
October 18-20, 2013, Pyle Center, UW-Madison

36th Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference and 7th LGBTQ Conference
Power, Politics & Performance in Women’s Studies and LGBTQ Studies
October 5-6, 2012, UW-Oshkosh

35th Annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies and 6th LBGTQ Conference
The State-of-the-Art in Women’s, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies: Interdisciplinary, Intersectional, Global, and Comparative
March 25-26, 2011, Pyle Center, UW-Madison

34th Annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies and 5th LGBTQ Conference
Leadership and Collaboration in Shaping the Future: The Intersections of Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality
April 16-17, 2010, James R. Connor University Center, UW-Whitewater

33rd Annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies and 4th LGBTQ Conference
Collaboration, Co-operation, & Co-optation in the Academy
April 3-4, 2009, Pyle Center, UW-Madison

32nd Annual Women’s Studies and LGBTQ Conference
Women and the Environment: Literary, Scientific, and Cultural Perspectives
April 4-5, 2008, Green Bay, Wisconsin

31st Annual Women’s Studies Conference
INTERSECTIONALITIES In Women’s Studies: Research, Teaching, and Activism
April 20-21, 2007, Madison, Wisconsin

30th Annual Women’s Studies Conference
Warrior, Mythic, and Everyday Women: Women’s Ways of Leading
April 21-22, 2006, Black River Falls, Wisconsin

29th Annual Women’s Studies Conference
“InterACTIONS: Activism, Research, Scholarship, Teaching”
April 15-16, 2005, Madison, Wisconsin

28th Annual Women’s Studies Conference
“Women’s Sphere: Reconfigured Traditions”
October 24-25, 2003, UW-Stout

27th Annual Women’s Studies Conference
“New Era? New Challenges?”
November 1-2, 2002, UW-Madison

26th Annual Women’s Studies Conference
“Interconnections in Women’s Studies: Teaching and Learning”
November 2-3, 2001, UW-Waukesha

25th Annual Women’s Studies Conference
“History in the Making: Celebrating 25 Years of Women’s Studies Scholarship and Activism”
October 27-28, 2000, UW-Madison

“Women, Peace and Conflict”
October 21-23, 1999 at UW-Platteville

“Speaking Out: Women, Poverty, and Public Policy”
October 29-31, 1998 at UW-Eau Claire

“Making Environmental Connections: Women, Communities and the Land”
October 23-25, 1997 at UW-La Crosse

“Finding Common Ground: Wisconsin Native American Cultures”
October 3-5, 1996 at UW-Superior

“The Everyday Art and Act of Teaching”
October 26-28, 1995 at UW-Madison

“Women Shaping Science, the Environment, Society: Images, Activism, Transformation”
November 10-12, 1994 at UW-Stevens Point

“How Women Make Change: The Impact of Feminism”
October 7-9, 1993 at UW-Parkside

“Women’s Ways of Knowing and Seeing”
October 1-2, 1992 at UW-Green Bay

“Intersecting Spheres: Conflict and Change in Women’s Lives”
October 17-19, 1991 at UW-Milwaukee

“Women in the World of the 21st Century”
October 4-5, 1990 at UW-Whitewater

“Unity in Diversity”
October 13-14, 1989 at UW-Parkside

“Voices from the Margin: Women’s Struggle to Overcome
Economic, Social, Intellectual, and Physical Dispossession”

October 7-8, 1988 at UW-River Falls

“Women Changing: Classrooms, Communities, and Culture”
October 9-10, 1987 at UW-Baraboo

“Wisconsin Women: Works and Words”
September 18-19, 1986 at UW-Oshkosh

“Making Connections”
September 25-26, 1985 at UW-La Crosse

“Ten Years of Women’s Studies in Wisconsin”
September 27-28, 1984 at UW-Madison

September 29-30, 1983 at UW-Stevens Point

“Women and Technology”
September 23-24, 1982 at UW-Stout

September 24-25, 1981 at UW-Extension

“Results of Research in Women’s Studies”
September 26, 1980 at UW-Oshkosh

1979: Unknown: please contact us if you have any information.

1978: Unknown

1977: Unknown

Development of Resources for Women’s Studies in the UW System
April 29 – May 1, 1976 at UW-Madison