CfP- Transnational Feminisms Conference (Manchester, UK)

Transnational Feminisms Conference
University of Manchester
4-5 December 2009 (with associated activities on 6 December)

Drawing on the impact of postcolonial feminism and its enactments, this
conference will examine how women are affected by political systems in a
global climate, how feminism translates and moves across borders, and how
feminism can be utilised as a methodology for understanding the
transnational context.

Here the transnational is understood to be a complication of notions of
the ‘elsewhere’, highlighting the challenges of fluidity, movement and
instability whilst also paying close attention to locatedness. This is a
feminism that is engaged with the woman-as-subject without making
universalising claims regarding women’s experience; it both considers how
gender operates and critiques categorisation.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the vitality of feminist
interdisciplinarity as it pertains to the transnational, providing space
for these debates to come together, creating an interrogation of
transnational feminist theory and practice from academic, activist and
artistic standpoints.

The conference will also engage with ideas of transnational feminism
through workshops, exhibitions and a history walk. We welcome
contributions from academics, postgraduates, activists and artists.

Keynote Speakers:
Doctor Anne-Marie Fortier (University of Lancaster)
Professor Gabriele Griffin (University of York)
TBA

Contributions may take the form of papers, workshops, exhibitions or
reading group style discussions, amongst others. Paper presentations will
consist of panels of 3 x 20 minute papers.

Topics might include:

Global markets of cultural production
Religion and the nation state
Belonging and home
Feminism and neo-colonialism
Diaspora and migration
The international as the popular
Historical moments of transnational feminism
The struggle for, and violence of, borders
Postcolonial/queer intersections
Feminism and gender in a wider global political debate
Sites and voices of privilege
Historicisation and genealogies
Alliances
Cultural and textual translations
Memorialisation
Feminist anti-racism

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short biography by
Friday August 28th to transfem09@yahoo.co.uk

Conference website www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/sage/transnationalfeminisms/

All enquiries to transfem09@yahoo.co.uk

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