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26th Annual WGSS Student Research Symposium

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Prairie Rooms, Bone Student Center

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Student Research Symposium is a day long celebration of student scholarship, creative work, and ideas that are underrepresented in Illinois State University’s traditional curriculum. This year the keynote speaker Kate Manne will deliver "He Said, She Listened: On Epistemic Entitlement, Mansplaining, and Gaslighting". All events are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Alison Bailey ( or Jamie Anderson (

2023 Symposium Program

Registration opens April 5, 2023

Please fill out the registration form to RSVP for the symposium after April 5. 


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1:00 PM in the BSC Prairie Rooms
Dr. Kate Manne, PhD
"He Said, She Listened: On Epistemic Entitlement, Mansplaining, and Gaslighting"

Kate Manne was dubbed “the philosopher of #MeToo” for her timely and widely read analysis of misogyny in Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (2017) and her treatment of male entitlement in her most recent book Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women (2020). Manne regularly writes opinion pieces, essays, and reviews on moral and political topics—in venues including The New York Times, The Boston Review, the Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Times Literary Supplement. Manne’s address begins with the question: What are the underlying causes of misogyny? In many cases, she argues, it stems from a wrongheaded sense of moral entitlement to a woman’s sexual, emotional, reproductive, and material labor.

Climate and Inclusion Statement
The organizers of The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Symposium are committed to providing a harassment-free symposium experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, national origin, ethnicity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. 

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
• Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, ethnicity, religion.
• Sexual images in public spaces
• Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
• Harassing photography or recording
• Sustained disruption of talks or other events
• Inappropriate physical contact
• Unwelcome sexual attention
• Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
• Use of a recording device (mobile phone, camera, etc.) to capture images or presentations, chats, demonstrations, etc. taking place during the annual conference.

Land Acknowledgement

Illinois State University was built on and has benefitted from the land stolen from multiple Indigenous Nations. These lands were the traditional birthright of Indigenous Peoples who were forcibly removed and dispossessed of their land by settlers. Normal, IL is on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskasia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe Nations. As settlers, we recognize that we have a responsibility to continue to learn, teach, and understand Indigenous histories and present-day realities as they pertain to these Nations as well as to confront the ongoing violence of settler colonialism.

The WGSS Symposium is sponsored by:

  • The Alice and Fannie Fell Trust
  • ISU Philosophy Department
  • Harold K. Sage Foundation Fund
  • ISU English Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Queer Coaltion
  • ISU Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Past Symposiums