I am interested in putting together a panel that interrogates intersectionality’s liberatory potential and the extent to which this potential is informed by identity politics. The panel would fall under the second theme for the NWSA 2009 meeting – “Intersectionality as Theory, Method, and Politics."
The questions that the panel might address include but are not limited to the following:
1) Does adopting an intersectional framework necessarily mean embracing identity politics?
2) If so, what does this politics look like? How, if at all, does it differ from traditional understandings of identity politics?
3) How, if at all, does inhabiting an interlocking identity function as departure point for resisting oppression?
4) Are the inhabitants of some interlocking identities more likely to resist their subordination than others? If so, which identities and why?
5) Or is the very presumption of identity – including intersectional identity - as the basis of political interest and agency anything but progressive and/or liberatory?
Please email me an abstract and your full contact details by Feb. 12 if you are interested in serving on this panel or in acting as a moderator for the panel.
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University of Chicago
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