The Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Recovering Black Women’s Voices and Lives Symposium on this year’s topic: Transnational Feminisms and Women in the African Diaspora. The Recovering Black Women’s Voices and Lives Symposium aims to highlight the significant, groundbreaking and central contributions of African American and Afro-Descendent women to literary studies, intellectual history, feminist thought and theory, and cultural production by engaging the work of scholars and activists nationally and internationally. The event will be held October 20, 2011 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Transnational feminisms work to decolonize the contested terrain of knowledge production upon which the lives, histories, and subjectivities of Black women in the African Diaspora are constituted and reconstituted within global relations of power. We welcome papers that explore the particular intersections, realities, and contradictions of colonialisms, recolonizations, and cultural imperialisms as they manifest in the daily lives of Black women in a variety of geographical contexts. Of particular interest are the ways in which transnational feminist theories are put into practice by scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and activists on the ground. Some overarching questions we seek to explore in this year’s symposium include the following: How are Black women’s subjectivities being constituted, disrupted, claimed, and consumed both discursively and materially through the consolidation of global capitalism in national, regional, and local contexts? How do Black women embody, perform, and negotiate an array of mobilities and immobilizations, of uprootings and regroundings, of border crossings and inspections, within historically entrenched geopolitical terrains. What are the local sociohistorical particularities that shape their agency, identities, livelihoods, social networks, political engagement, and activism? And finally, what are the politics of transnational feminist and anti-racist solidarities across difference, particularly those in tension and contention with the foci and priorities of dominant Western feminisms both within and outside the academy?
We invite proposals for papers or panels from a variety of perspectives, disciplines and fields on topics including but not limited to:
• The Politics of Citizenship (legal, social, cultural, affective)
• Historiographies of Feminism and Global Capitalism
• Transnational (Counter) Topographies, Borders/Borderlands, and (Im)Mobilities
• Narratives of Identity, “Home”, Belonging
• Speaking across Feminist Borders and Solidarities
• Knowledge Production, Decolonization, and Western Feminisms
• NGOs, Development, Human Rights, Local-Global Activism
• Feminization/Racialization of Poverty, Labor, and Migration
• Multiculturalism and Transnational Feminism
• Literary, Visual, Popular Culture, Mass Media Representation
For individual papers please submit a 250 word abstract and a CV of no more than 2 pages. Abstracts should include a phone number and email address. For panel presentations, please submit a panel abstract of 450 words or less, along with the names and paper titles of each presenter, contact information [phone and email] for the primary contact person, and a CV of no more than 2 pages for each presenter. Proposals are welcome from academics, community activists, graduate students and undergraduate students. Panels should include 3-4 presenters. We will provide moderators for each panel session. Please send proposals and queries to Dr. Jennifer Shoaff at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2011. Call 205-348-7048 for more information.
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University of Alabama
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