Freedom, Rights and Power: Recasting Women’s struggles across the Americas since 1900.
26th-27th April 2013
St Mary’s University College, Twickenham,
This two-day multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore the intersection between gender, revolt and power across the Americas. Women have been central in stretching the definitions of legal rights, challenging old concepts of power, and establishing new parameters of freedom across the Americas throughout the twentieth century. Not all of these struggles have been exclusively for the rights of women; feminist and womanist interpretations of power structures have in turn encouraged dynamic protest among many subaltern groups. Our conference seeks to create links between historical, regional and current movements for change, and to capitalize on a new momentum that has emerged in relation to discourses of gender and power. We encourage scholars and delegates to think anew about the ways that women have challenged prevailing systems, to examine women’s efforts to renegotiate power paradigms and to consider how the past informs the future as we extend our concepts of freedom within the context of the whole continent. The conference aims to address two areas which merit further scholarly development. Firstly, we want to challenge the tendency to see the struggles of women in North America as separate from those struggles in Central and Latin America, and we aim to encourage comparative transcontinental discussions. Secondly, we wish to encourage new and interdisciplinary approaches to the issue of women’s agency. This conference will bring together complementary strands of research on the experiences of women in the Americas, and include the voices of activists, and will contribute to our understanding of gender, rights and power in a broad American context.
Potential themes for papers include but are not limited to: labour activism, civil rights, suffrage, environmental activism, approaches to feminism, developments in feminist theory, women in government and foreign policy, women in protest organizations, environmental activism, legal rights, LGBTQ activism, religious and spiritual interests, reproductive rights, anti-war activity or pacifism, and the development of gendered strategies against sexualized and racialized violence.
Proposals for papers should not exceed 500 words and must be accompanied by a working title and CV. Abstracts should be submitted to the organizers by Friday 4th January 2013. A selection of papers from the conference will be published in an edited volume. We ask potential contributors to indicate with their abstract as to whether they wish for their submission to be considered for the edited volume. Complete papers for the edited volume must be submitted by 30th June 2013.
Submissions should be emailed to the organizers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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