Staging History

The OSU History Department is pleased to welcome an internationally known theater director and playwright to campus for an afternoon talk free and open to the public, as well as to the university community. Dr. Erika Hughes, a performance studies scholar and director of Holocaust theater, will be on the Stillwater campus on March 8th, to speak about her one-act play, The Amazing Life of Margot Heuman, which premiered in 2021 at Brighton’s Fringe Festival in the United Kingdom and has been seen around the world at venues including the Jewish Museum Vienna, the Wiener Holocaust Library (London), and the GLBT Historical Society and Museum (San Francisco). Co-authored by Dr. Hughes and Holocaust historian Dr. Anna Hájková, and directed by Dr. Hughes, the play tells the story of Holocaust survivor Margot Heuman.  

A respected scholar of the theater’s role in representing the Holocaust, specifically young people’s experience of those years, Dr. Hughes’ talk at OSU will focus on “Staging History: Performance, Holocaust Testimony, and an Amazing Lesbian Life,” and examine the survival and post-Holocaust personal history of Margot Heuman, a Jewish and lesbian survivor of Auschwitz who was 15 at the time of her family’s deportation from Germany to the Nazis’ concentration camps in eastern Europe.  

For OSU and the community, this is also an opportunity reflect upon lesser-known or marginalized stories of youths’ experience of the Holocaust, including the role that theater and film can play to expand public awareness. Dr. Hughes’ work also reflects upon the way to translate historical facts and memories to the stage.  The one-act play, The Amazing Life of Margot Heuman, is inspired by and recreates the series of oral history sessions that Ms. Heuman, who passed away last year at the age of 94, conducted with Dr. Anna Hájková, a Holocaust historian and lesbian scholar. It was during these oral history sessions that Heuman first spoke about herself as a lesbian survivor, making her the first Jewish Holocaust survivor to bear such testimony from this perspective.  

“Staging History: Performance, Holocaust Testimony, and an Amazing Lesbian Life,” will take place on Wednesday March 8, 2023, at 3:30pm at OSU-Stillwater in the Social Sciences and Humanities Building—first floor “Parlor Room”—at the corner of University and Monroe. The talk is free and open to the public, with sponsorship coming from the Fae Rawdon Norris Foundation for the Humanities, the OSU Department of History, Program in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, and the Friends of the Forms. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Holly Karibo, OSU Department of History, at 


Dr. Sarah Griswold

Assistant Professor | Department of History

Oklahoma State University


Gender, Race, & Social Justice in London

Sept. 3, 2023 - Dec. 9, 2023

Global Education Oregon (GEO)

Any student in a US college or university can participate

Earn 18-21 upper division credits

Take four courses

  • Social Justice Movements in the UK
  • A History of Women & Gender in England & Wales
  • Queer London
  • Law & Order UK: Gender, Race, & Class in British Murder Mysteries & Crime Dramas
  • Add an optional volunteer experience with a social justice organization       

Program Experiences

•                     Live in a flat with other program students in Central London

•                     Receive an Oyster card for travel on London’s Tube in Zones 1 & 2

•                     Have a week off for travel at midterm

•                     Visit the Tower of London

•                     See a play in the West End

•                     Visit the Museum of London Docklands and the British Museum

•                     Take a queer walking tour of Soho

•                     Commemorate the victims of Jack the Ripper with a walking tour of Whitechapel

•                     Take a multiday excursion to Edinburgh, Scotland

•                     See Bletchley Park where Alan Turing and others broke the code of the Nazi Enigma machine

•                     Take afternoon tea

•                     Have Thanksgiving dinner at a local pub

•                     Experience a European-style Christmas market at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and more . . .

Faculty Leader

Dr. Susan Shaw, Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies,

Oregon State University

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Susan M. Shaw, PhD

Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Co-editor, ADVANCE Journal

Waldo 320B

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331

2023 National Women’s Studies AssociationAnnual Conference Call for Proposals[1]Proposal Submissions accepted between 2/15-3/15

We encourage submissions from anyone who wishes to participate in this continuum of resistance, including professors, activists, graduate/undergraduate and high school students, independent scholars, first-time presenters, artists, community healers, women’s and gender studies scholars, historians, and researchers. We invite papers, panels, performances, roundtables, and workshop proposals that build creatively and critically on our theme and sub-themes. We strongly encourage independent scholars, non-academic writers, artists, researchers, and organizers to propose panels and presentations and be included in sessions alongside community college, college, and university-based scholars. We suggest that you see our sub-themes as loose boundaries through which to frame your work. Sub-themes for the 2023 conference 

  1. The Praxis of Transnational Feminist Solidarity
  2. Intergenerational Feminist Struggles
  3. Revisiting, Reclaiming & Re-imagining: Past, Present, Future 
  4. Climate Justice & Feminist Horizons 
  5. Geographies of Violence: Bodies, Borders, Nations
  6. Creativity as Dissidence & Resistance
  7. Abolitionist Feminisms & Politics of Liberation
  8. Special Sub-Theme: Pedagogies of Resistance and Hope: Teaching to Transgress* 

 *For this special sub-theme, we invite scholars and teachers to submit proposals for workshops to come together and share creative ideas, lesson plans, assessments, and pedagogical practices. This is designed to be more workshop than paper presentations and is designed to be both practical and hands-on. The submission deadlines for proposals are as follows: All-Academic will open on February 15, 2023, and remains open until March 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST. Conference notification will be sent on or by May 1, 2023, 11:59 pm EST. Acceptances will not be considered official until all session participants have joined NWSA and are registered for the conference.

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women|Barbra Streisand Center is an internationally recognized center for research on gender, sexuality, and women’s issues. Our research and programming initiatives support our mission ofworking towards a world in which education and scholarship are tools for social justice feminism, improving the lives of people of all genders.Our annual Thinking Gender Conferenceis just one program through which we advance this mission. This year, the conference theme is “Transforming Research: Feminist Methods for Times of Crisis and Possibility.” Conceived of by our Associate Director, Professor Jasmine Nadua Trice, the conference will offer emerging student scholars an opportunity to inquire, reflect, and imagine feminist, decolonial research methods and practice across fields and disciplines.The conference will take place on Friday, February 24, 2023, at UCLA Covel Commons.In lieu of a keynote address, Thinking Gender 2023 will feature interactive presentations and workshops throughout the day byCeline Parreñas Shimizu(Dean of the Division of the Arts and Distinguished Professor, Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz),T.L. Cowan(Assistant Professor, Media Studies, University of Toronto), andJas Rault(Assistant Professor, Media Studies, University of Toronto). The conference will also feature themed panels of graduate student presenters moderated by expert faculty, undergraduate student poster presentations, a media exhibit, and a concluding reception.Theconference is freeand open to all, and we hope that members of your community will attend!

WHAT: No Limits 2023 

WHEN: Friday, March 3, 2023

WHERE: UNK, Nebraska Student Union 

THEME: "Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future" 

SPEAKER/KEYNOTE: Dr. Lorna Bracewell, Flagler College 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Deadline Friday, January 27, 2023 

 No Limits is a student research conference. Please announce this to your students and share it widely with others. There is no registration cost, and the event is free and open to the public.  

Proposals can be submitted online HEREPlease note: In order for potential presenters to save their progress and/or update submissions/proposals, as well as access a digital version of the future conference schedule, UNK will be using bepress Openspaces platform. This does require that all potential presenters create an account.  

We invite proposals from undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates on any topic from any discipline related to women's issues, lives, histories, or culture; women's and gender studies; or sexuality/queer theory. Creative writing, visual arts, film, music, performances, workshops, and academic papers are all welcome.  

The No Limits Student Research Conference -- "Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future” will feature Dr. Lorna Bracewell as the keynote speaker. The latest conference information can be found HERE.   


Submission Form URL:

Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Review Begins: Saturday, April 1, 2023

Drag is an art form with a rich legacy of challenging dominant norms and systems of oppression; building and sustaining queer community, and cultivating experiences of queer joy in a hostile world. Drag performers are often local celebrities who invite patrons into moments of queer worldmaking, opening spaces for pleasure in spectation, play, and experimentation. At a time when moral panics and violence against drag performers (in the forms of physical attacks, criminalization, and right-wing political discourse) have reached a fever pitch, we want to reflect on the ways that drag can anchor queer histories, politics, and activism. What does it mean to approach these expansive projects through the lens of drag performance? 

This edited collection aims to intervene in critical conversations in drag studies from the perspective that drag can be a coalitional practice, promoting acts of resistance, and creating community through performance. We are interested in the idea of community as an actionable project organized by and centered on drag performance. While we are open to research about famous drag performers and their influence, we especially seek proposals that take seriously the local politics, aesthetics, and culture of drag, even as these are in conversation with mass and social media and situated in complex transnational contexts. We value and welcome critiques of drag celebrities contributing to the gentrification of local drag markets; work that interrogates the racial, gender, and class politics of drag venues; and other manifestations of power in drag scenes. 

We aim to collaborate with scholars who want their work to circulate widely beyond academia and who might contribute to related programming on college campuses, gay bars, Pride events, and other community spaces. We wish to create a community-centered work of scholarship that offers a blueprint for drag resistance not only to scholars and students, but to performers, fans, and queer communities looking to meet this politically perilous moment with glitter, glamour, and grit.

Possible lines of inquiry across time periods and disciplines could include:

  • What do attacks on drag performances and programs have to do with anti-trans legislation, anti-Blackness, and White nationalism? 
  • How have genderfuck performers and drag kings been impacted by shifts in the drag economy? 
  • How do drag performers maintain and manage celebrity on local, national, and global scales? 
  • How do drag performers navigate the ongoing criminalization of drag? 
  • What role does spectacle play in drag performance and in constructing a persona? 
  • How do queer kinships and drag families make queer histories and community infrastructures legible and accessible?
  • What strategies do local performers employ to meet or challenge the expectations placed on them by popular culture?  
  • In what ways do drag performers function as community organizers and stage queer resistance? 

We have strong interest from the editor of a successful series on celebrity from a respected university press. Abstracts of 300-500 words are due on March 1, 2023. If your paper is selected, full drafts will be due in March 2024. Please submit your abstract to co-editors Dr. Nino Testa and Catherine Evans at with the subject line “Drag Submission” 

Link to CFP

 Upcoming Lecture: Dr. Shira Billet 

Jewish Theological Seminary

PS 141, February 28th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM