No Limits Conference 2023

Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future

logo for the no limits conference, a rainbow of colors surrounding a white circle that reads no limits 2023 reflecting on the past, envisioning the future unk women gender and ethnic studiesMarch 3rd, 2023

University of Nebraska - Kearney
Friday, March 3, 2023
Nebraska Student Union,
Ponderosa Room

Keynote speaker: Dr. Lorna Bracewell, Associate Professor in Political Science, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator, Flagler College

To virtually attend the No Limits keynote address by Dr. Lorna Bracewell, please log on to Zoom from 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM at the following link:

Conference pre-registration to view the keynote address via Zoom is not required.

Conference Program

Any last-minute changes made to the conference schedule or sessions/panel can be found via our digital Conference Program.


Registration is now open! All guest and presenters are strongly encouraged to pre-register for this event by Friday, February 24th. All pre-registered guest will receive a conference badge and the opportunity to join us for our lunch reception following the keynote address.

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Hotel Information

UNK WGES has partnered with the Comfort Inn to offer No Limits discounted rates of $129 per night. Attendees are encouraged to book early, as No Limits occurs during the beginning of crane season. Discounted rates are available until February 16th 2023.

Comfort Inn
Kearney, NE 68847
118 3rd Avenue
(308) 236-4200

The Fairfield by Marriott offers discounted rates of $164 for a standard room or $184 for a suite. Discounted rates are available until February 6th, 2023

Fairfield Inn and Suites
Kearney, NE 68845
510 Talmage St
(308) 236-4200

Looking for additional adventure during your stay in Kearney? The Kearney Visitors Bureau has you covered!

Call For Papers/Proposals

Call for papers has ended.

Guest Internet Access
For information on guest internet access please refer to:

NSU/Parking Map
Conference attendees may request a campus parking pass as part of the conference registration process. Digital parking passes will be emailed to registered attendees. 

The No Limits Conference will take place in the Nebraska Student Union in the north east side of campus. Please consult our campus map for reference.

Questions? No Limits 2023 Contact:
Dr. Sandra Loughrin
Director, Women’s, Gender, and Ethnic Studies
University of Nebraska-Kearney
120C Copeland Hall
Kearney, NE 68849

What is the No Limits Conference? Who Can Participate?

 No Limits is an interdisciplinary student conference on issues related to women, gender, and sexuality and is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Programs at UNO, UNK and UNL. It is held annually in early March, and it rotates between the 3 campuses at Lincoln, Kearney, and Omaha.

The conference began in 1993 with a group of dedicated students who wanted to create an unquestionably interdisciplinary conference able to accommodate both traditional and non-traditional topics and presentations. Since that time the conference has remained student-oriented, open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.

Over the decades, No Limits has hosted hundreds of presentations from students and community members involved in Women's and Gender Studies in numerous academic departments and community groups. Further, No Limits encourages creative presentations, including artwork, performances, and the reading of original work.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lorna Bracewell, Flagler College

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lorna BracewellAn Associate Professor in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator at Flagler College, Dr. Bracewell earned her BA (2005) from Flagler College and her MA (2012) and PhD (2015) from the University of Florida. Her scholarship focuses on feminist theory and the history of political thought.

Dr. Bracewell has been published in academic journals like Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and popular forums like The Washington Post. Her book, Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era(University of Minnesota Press, March 2021), offers a revisionist history of the feminist sexuality debates of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s foregrounding the influence of liberal concepts such as freedom of expression, the public/private divide, and the harm principle ( Additional notable recent contributions to the study of gender and sexuality include, "Gender, Populism, and the QAnon Conspiracy Movement," Frontiers in Sociology (January 2021), and "Sex Wars, Slut Walks, and Carceral Feminism," Contemporary Political Theory (April 2019).