Message from SWS Council In Response to SWS 2023 Winter Meeting Location, New Orleans, Louisiana


Message from SWS Council

In Response to SWS 2023 Winter Meeting Location

On June 16, 2022, SWS engaged in a contract with the Sheraton New Orleans in Louisiana for the 2023 Winter Meeting to take place from January 12-15, 2023.  Co-Presidents-Elect, Mary Osirim and Melanie Heath, were excited to announce New Orleans as the site for our 2023 Winter Meeting, as its rich history and culture will provide our members with the opportunity to explore the issues of racial inequalities, migrations, and sexualities in a city that exemplifies these complex dynamics. Please see the Spring 2022 issue of Network News and the Call for Submissions to learn more about the meeting theme.

As of June 28, 2022, with the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, abortion became illegal in the State of Louisiana. SWS Council realizes that having an SWS Meeting in a space where reproductive rights are non-existent contradicts our core feminist mission. As Council, we have discussed this issue in length and while this situation is dire, we still see this as an opportunity that is in line with our feminist mission to promote social justice by supporting scholar-activist communities seeking to dismantle intersecting systems of oppression. (Please refer to the SWS Call to Action for more information on the SWS response). Thus, we feel it is important to keep New Orleans as the site of our conference because it allows us to work with local organizations and activists to ensure that all feminist voices are being heard in protest of this draconian and egregious decision in the State of Louisiana. Because we recognize that it will be challenging to be in this space, we will be circulating guidance for members most impacted.   California State Employees: Please stay tuned for general guidance on attending the conference in light of the recently revised (June 30, 2022) California State Travel Ban for state-sponsored travel.

SUBMIT TODAY, Deadline to Submit is September 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT

Note that you must be a Current SWS Member to submit for the 2023 Winter Meeting

Also, please note that we are only accepting submissions for in-person participation.

We will have opportunities later in 2023 for virtual engagement independent of the 2023 Winter Meeting.

Program Committee Members: Ophra Leyser-Whalen (Chair,) Pallavi Banerjee, Paulina García-Del Moral, Alexis Grant-Panting, Fumilayo Showers, Amy StoneLocal Arrangements Committee Members: Andrea S. (Drea) Boyles (Chair,) Lisa Wade, D’Lane Compton, Annie McGlynn-Wright

Sheraton New OrleansWe have secured a rate of $179 per night (plus applicable state and local taxes).Hotel Room Reservation System