CFP: Intersectionality in the New Millennium

SEWSA 2016:
Intersectionality in the New Millennium:An Assessment of Culture, Power, and Society
March 31-April 2, 2016

Please submit 200-word abstracts by December 4 for consideration for the General Call for Papers, or by November 20 for consideration for the People of Color Caucus Call

Nearly thirty-five years ago, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzáldua, was published by Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press (1981). In 2015, SUNY Press released an updated and expanded fourth edition of this foundational text, a testimony to the theories and practices of the feminisms of women of color that emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Using an interdisciplinary approach of personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, the collection explores, “the complex confluence of identities—race, class, gender, and sexuality—systemic to women of color oppression and liberation.”

It has been more than twenty-five years since Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality to capture how race, class, and gender, among other identity variables, interconnect to create the multiple oppressions that Black feminists and feminists of color had been describing for at least one hundred and thirty years since Sojourner Truth gave her famous ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ speech in Akron, Ohio in 1851. In her groundbreaking 1989 article, Crenshaw focused specifically on the intersection of race and sex in anti-discrimination cases in the lives of Black women. Since then, a wide range of theoretical and empirical work has emerged in Critical Race, Feminist, Post-Colonial, Queer, and Women’s and Gender Studies,  utilizing intersectional approaches to understand how interlocking systems of oppression based on categories of race, class, sex, gender, sexuality, nation, ethnicity, coloniality, (dis)ability, etc. shape the possibilities and limitations in people’s lives.

How far have we come in truly integrating inclusive, intersectional approaches in our lives and in our work? In our society and in our culture? What does intersectionality look like today? How has our understanding and deployment of intersectionality-as a theory, as a method, as a practice, and as a political commitment-shifted in recent decades? What is the meaning of intersectionality in the 21st century?

We welcome proposals from across the academic disciplines, from social justice activists and practitioners in domestic and international contexts, and from undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty addressing the conference theme as well as other work situated within the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Suggested topics for paper and panel proposals include:

intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, etc. in history, politics, art, law, science, culture, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, essays, speeches, and letters that point to challenges and opportunities in women’s lives

the rhetoric of intersectionality:  how the rhetorical, linguistic lens of intersectionality can help us analyze and interpret language that is used to limit or expand women’s lives in a global context

how the conceptual and/or methodological framework of intersectionality can help us understand and address some of the most difficult issues and important social movements of our time, i.e. war, terrorism, poverty, police brutality, gun violence, Occupy, Black Lives Matter, etc.

how gender, race, class, sexuality, etc. is portrayed in social media, and/or how social media, multimedia works of art, and/or technology are helping bridge the gaps between and among the various categories of identity

how the conceptual framework of intersectionality can help us craft inclusive language that opens up possibilities for women in a global context

the difficulties and limitations of doing intersectional research

illustrative examples of intersectional research

how intersectionality impacts research in the traditional disciplines

theoretical approaches to art, culture, science, politics, and society that are interdisciplinary or combine methodological approaches from multiple disciplines

 *   any other topics related to Women’s and Gender Studies

Please submit 200-word abstracts by December 4 for consideration for the General Call for Papers, or by November 20 for consideration for the People of Color Caucus Call for Papers<>, the LGBTQ Caucus Call for Papers<>, or the Student Caucus Call for Papers<>