Coming Soon: Villanova's 32nd Annual GWS Conference

From our friends in Gender and Women's Studies:

Back from our reluctant two-year hiatus, we cordially invite you to Villanova's 32nd Annual Gender & Women's Studies Conference, which will take place on Friday, March 25th, 2022 from 8:45am-4:00pm in the Connelly Center! We have an exciting full day of panels and performances by Villanova undergraduates and graduate students from across the university. Additionally, complimentary breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available throughout the day. We very much hope you will join us! 

We are so pleased to announce that this year's Keynote Luncheon will feature a lecture by Dr. Erin Murphy of Boston University, entitled "Amazons and Zombies: Margaret Cavendish’s Soldiers, Gender, and the Paradoxes of War." 

To quote from a description of Dr. Murphy's lecture: "As demonstrated by ongoing debates about who can be a 'combatant' or a member of the U.S. military, concepts of gender are still often used to mark the boundaries of war, and war is used to mark the boundaries of gender. Even some feminist histories depict women as automatically outside or in opposition to war. Far from being outsiders, seventeenth-century women writers were active participants in England’s civil wars. This talk analyzes the plays and proto-science fiction writing of Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) to consider how she drew on the new militarism of her moment as she challenged the hierarchies of gender."

You can register for the Keynote Luncheon and view the full day's schedule hereThe GWS Conference counts as an official University absence, which means that students have permission to miss classes in order to attend. 

If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the conference, please email

Professor Erin Murphy