envisioning a feminist and queer south
March 7-9, 2019 | oxford, MS


The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi is pleased to host the 2019 SEWSA Annual Conference. Our theme considers the distinctive role of gender studies programs in the South in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship, social change, and the creation of inclusive spaces.

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies was established at The University of Mississippi in 1981 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of women to the university (1882). The Isom Center takes its name from Sarah McGehee Isom, who became the first female faculty member in 1885. Today, the Center’s mission is to educate about issues of gender and sexuality, promote interdisciplinary research, and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As part of our mission, we worked with student leaders to create the first pride parade in Oxford in 2016.

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Conference Program, TBA

Questions about the conference? You are welcome to reach out to the conference host with any questions about the general CFP, location, hotel, registration, program, or other conference-related questions.

Conference information

Call for Proposals

The general call for papers is now available with submissions due on November 30, 2018.

The People of Color, LGBTQ, and Student Caucus call for papers will be announced as soon as they become available! 

Proposal acceptance announcement date will be communicated by Fall 2018.


SEWSA 2019 will be held at the Inn at Ole Miss Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. To learn more about Oxford, see visitoxfordms.com

Transportation | parking

The Inn operates a shuttle between the hotel and the Oxford Square. There should be ample parking for guests and conference attendees as the Inn has a dedicated parking lot.

By Air:
Memphis International Airport is the closest major airport to Oxford. University Conference Services offers one-way ($85) and roundtrip ($135) shuttle services. They can be contacted at shuttle@olemiss.edu.

By Land:
Oxford is located at the intersection of MS Hwy 7 and US Hwy 278 and is less than an hour from Interstate 22 and thirty minutes from Interstate 55.



We are proud to partner with the Inn at Ole Miss for housing for the 2019 conference. Originally known as the Alumni House, many of the Inn’s rooms have been sponsored and decorated by alumni giving them the feel of a guest bedroom rather than a standard hotel room. A major renovation and addition to add the suites tower and conference facilities opened in 2008.

Standard $99.00
Deluxe $129.00
Suites $149.00

Most rooms have two beds plus a pull-out sofa. Guests can make reservations by calling 1-888- 486-7666 and referencing the SEWSA Conference Group. Reservations may also be made online at www.theinnatolemiss.com and reference the group code 3592.

Deadline for rate is February 6, 2019.

There are several hotel options in Oxford including a Courtyard by Marriott that is walking distance from campus and the Inn.


Registration costs will be announced soon!