Freedom, Rights and Power: Recasting Women’s struggles across the Americas since 1900.
26th-27th April 2013
St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, UK.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 31 January 2013
We invite papers for this exciting multidisciplinary conference on the intersection between gender, revolt and power across the Americas in the twentieth century.
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.
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.
We encourage papers from established academics, early career scholars, postgraduates, and activists.
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 Thursday 31 January 2013.
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