No Limits 2008: Transnational Feminism
University of Nebraska, Kearney
February 29-March 1, 2008
No Limits is an interdisciplinary conference on Women's and Gender Studies sponsored by the Women's Studies Programs at UNO and UNK, the UNL Women's and Gender Studies Program and UNL's Women's Studies Association.
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.
In the past ten years No Limits has hosted hundreds of presentations from students and community member 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. No Limits has also hosted many renowned scholars, writers, performers and activists, including Judith Cofer Ortiz, Nomy Lamm, Toi Derricotte and Lourdes Portillo.
In order to keep this event accessible to all participants, No Limits charges no conference registration fee. It is entirely supported by donations from academit departments and units within the University of Nebraska and the fundraising efforts of the Women's Studies Association.
The theme for No Limits 2008, "Transnational Feminism," focuses on the complexities of feminism and gender issues across national boundaries. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Inderpal Grewal, who will be speaking on "Transnational Feminist STudies: Problems and Possibilities". A musical performance will be given by Lauren Pelon titled "Women in Music: Someone Will Remember Us." More information about both is listed below.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Inderpal Grewal
"Transnational Feminist Studies: Problems and Possibilities"
Dr. Grewal is Professor of Women's Studies and Director of the PhD Program in Culture and Theory at the University of California, Irvine. She has published widely on topics such as transnational and postcolonial feminist theory, feminism and human rights, NGOs and theories of civil society and citizenship. She is the author of Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms.
Musical Performance: Lauren Pelon
"Women in Music: Someone Will Remember Us"
This solo performance will trace the story of women in music with selections written by and for women, crossing the boundaries of time, distance and culture. Pelon will play ancient and modern instruments, some of which were traditionally played by women, some forbidden to them. She has performed in concerts throughout the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Kazakhstan, and China.