Women's and Gender Studies

No Limits Conference

March 7, 2014 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker at 11:15 p.m.
NSU Ponderosa Room
University of Nebraska at Kearney 

See the conference schedule (.pdf) for specific information regarding student presentations.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shireen Roshanravan (Kansas State University)
"Intersectionality, Integrity and Coalitional Becomings"

  2014 No Limits Conference Speaker

Dr. Roshanravan's research interests include feminists of color theory, critical race theory, and Asian-American studies.  Her scholarship includes an important article entitled "Passing-as-if: Model-Minority Subjectivity and Women of Color Identification," published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (2010).  This work contributes significantly to recent scholarship on "passing," defined as a "cultural performance whereby one member of a defined social group masquerades as another in order to enjoy the privileges afforded to the dominant group."[1]  Although the most common form of "passing" occurs among gay men and lesbians, Roshanravan applies this concept to "model minority racial discourse," exploring how it impacts Asian-American women's transition to Women of Color politics. Her keynote presentation at the No Limits conference will focus on recent developments in her research. Dr. Roshanravan is an Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Kansas State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Binghamton University (2007) in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture and is an Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Kansas State University.
[1] Kimberlyn Leary, "Passing, Posing, and Keeping it Real," Constellations 6:1 (1999), 85-96.

This event is free and open to the public and is supported by UNK Faculty Senate Artist & Lecturers Grant, UNK History Department, Sociology Department, Ethnic Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, and Women's Center. Annually co-sponsored on a rotating basis by NU Women's & Gender Studies Programs at UNK, UNL, and UNO.

Call for Papers: The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 7, 2014 and is open to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the region. See the 2014 Call for Papers.

Previous Conference Information

  • 2013 UNL - Science and Gender Matters

  • 2012 UNO (.pdf) - Gender & Masculinity

  • 2011 UNK - Eco-Feminism & Artful Healing

  • 2010 UNL - Global Issues, Local Voices

  • 2009 UNO - Feminisms, Environments, and New Media

  • 2008 UNK - Transnational Feminism

  • 2007 UNL (.pdf) - The Personal, Political and Patriotic

  • 2006 UNO - Riding the Waves: Feminism Across Generations, Differences & Communities

  • 2005 UNK - Erasing Borders: Women’s Studies in the New Millennium

  • 2004 UNL - Imagining Change: Women as Agents of Social Justice

  • 2003 UNO - Geographies of Women & Gender, Intimate and Vast

  • 2002 UNK - “I am that I am”: Women Challenging 21st Century Boundaries

  • 2001 UNL - Can We Dismiss Identity?

  • 2000 UNK* - Women and Popular Culture

  • 1999 UNK* - Women and Work

  • 1987 UNK