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Date: 12/2/2002 6:35:56 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Lin McDevitt-Pugh <L.McDevitt-Pugh@...>
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Onderwerp: Conference announcement--please distribute
I would be very happy if you were interested in this event and could
distribute it to your contacts. Hope to hear from you soon!
Chair, Women's and Gender Studies
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105, USA.
A Ford Foundation ³Emerging Leaders, New Directions² Initiative
At The Women¹s and Gender Studies Program of Macalester College
Sustainable Feminisms: Enacting theories, Envisioning action
A Cross-border conference
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Friday, October 3<Sunday, October 5, 2003
THEMES: The crises we face daily and over time<poverty, dislocation,
marginalization, delegitimation, attack, or disenfranchisement<have
compelled us, in our anti-discriminatory work, to imagine as well as
challenges to dominant policies and practices. We have learned about,
debated, and modified these challenges inside and outside our
our neighborhoods, our conference halls, and our homes. And we have
encountered them in diverse and often separate ways, through
multi-issue politics that open categories such as gender, race,
sexuality, class, religion, and nation to mutual redefinition.
It is urgent, particularly at this moment in our histories, to review
re-imagine our diverse and separate engagements. This conference
you<artists, scholars, community organizers, educators, policy-makers,
lawmakers, students, and people who live in more than one of these
identities. Are we content with divisions such as theorist vs.
inside vs. outside our institutions (educational, legal, political),
socio-political work vs. intellectual work? It welcomes you to argue
whether we have already been practicing across such divisions as well as
across local, national, and international borders. It asks you to
how and why we have created/create such collaborations. It seeks to
for discussion how feminisms, and your interpretations of them,
to such collaborations. And it supports conversations on how
forms of feminisms, through various generations, can tackle the needs of
This conference invites proposals from people who have already engaged
another closely and from those who wish to dialogue for the first time,
across the various categories mentioned above.
*To investigate what legacies we rely upon, where we come from, whether
there are unexplored connections, and how we can build new templates of
mutually sustainable theorizing and action.
*To imagine what the present and future prospects are for
collaboration that materially and conceptually redefines our work to
the crises of our times, through our acts of scholarship and programming
Some guiding QUESTIONS:
*From your perspective, what are the relationships between feminist
*Does it serve our purposes/goals to recognize or deny that practice is
form of theorizing and vice versa?
*Do historical contexts, economic, or other geopolitical relations
or suppress the need for such collaborations? And how are such
collaborations affected by perceived differences of culture, class,
religion, nation, gender, age, ability?
*Are we able or even willing to translate across perceived differences
we accentuate our separate spheres, and why?
*What are the factors that facilitate as well as obstruct
*How does your work engage knowledge that circulates as ³academic
³action research,² or ³public scholarship²?
* Is ³activism² different from ³action²?
* Can transformation occur in both theory and practice?
*How do our agreements and disagreements shape policies and practices in
women¹s, feminist, gender, and sexuality work?
Possible ISSUES (you are welcome to propose others):
* Institutional structures, e.g., social work organizations, liberal
colleges, research universities, legislatures, economic and cultural
* Immigration and migration
* Cultural work and art activism for social change
* Global capitalism and labor organizing: sweatshops; service-workers in
global cities; unionization
* Structural adjustment policies and state sovereignty
* Pan-indigenous organizing
* Apartheid and ethnic cleansing
* Health in relation to poverty, social welfare, environmental racism,
HIV/AIDS prevention work
* Human rights advocacy
* Systemic violence: economic, political, military, terrorist, sexual,
* Reproductive politics
* Redefining sex: cosmetic genital surgery on intersex infants;
organizing; intersex and transsexual civil rights
* Bodily and genital mutilation
* Prison activisms
* Education and curricular transformations
* Autonomous organizing by women and sexual minorities, including
two-spirit, intersex, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, and gay people.
A volume of selected papers from this conference is planned for
The conference will feature a variety of roundtables, workshops,
panels, plenaries, and performances. Creative submissions are
All proposals, e-mail or otherwise, MUST reach Macalester College by
February 14, 2003. Please send a 1000-word description, with title, of
paper or 2000-word panel, roundtable, or workshop. In each case,
names of participants, affiliation, and current contact information. In
each case, please also submit a 50-word abstract (strict word-limits for
of the above).
NOTE: A small stipend is available to enable travel for small-budget
groups/individuals, such as non-profit organizations and volunteers in
informal community social-work groups. Along with your proposal, please
submit a rationale demonstrating relevance of issue and need for the
also by Friday, February 14, 2003.
All decisions of selected participants and stipends will be announced by
Monday, March 11, 2003.
All full-length submissions, e-mail or otherwise, MUST reach Macalester
College by Friday, May 9, 2003, for full paper, if submitting for
consideration of publication. Maximum length of essay: 5000 words.
The conference website will appear soon at www.macalester.edu/wgs and
be updated every month. Visit the Macalester WGS website for
about the program and its initiatives.
For other details, please contact Sonita Sarker (sarker@...)
Scott Morgensen (morgensen@...). All proposals and
must be addressed to either Sonita or Scott at their e-mail addresses or
their postal address: Women¹s and Gender Studies, Macalester College,
Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105, USA.