The 2018 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop was a great success!

The Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop is an annual event that took place this year at UNC Charlotte’s main campus in May 22-25, 2018. The workshop is designed to help participants develop methods for incorporating decolonial feminist theory into their research and teaching. In this vein, the workshop aims to assist faculty and graduate students in diversifying the philosophical canon, thereby strengthening engaged learning in the classroom. These goals enhance student success, and importantly attempt to create culturally-rich classroom environments that encourage students from underrepresented group to participate and succeed in their studies.

With this in mind, workshop participants study one theorist during the course of the workshop in an effort to ensure a rich and thorough understanding of a given theorist and that theorist’s historical context. The chosen theorist for the 2018 workshop was Dr. Saidiya Hartman, who works in the areas of African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies. One participant described their experience of the 2018 workshop in the following way: “I knew of Hartman’s work and knew it was powerful. However, I haven’t had the time to set aside to read it. The workshop allowed me to read Hartman’s work and dig deeply into its complexity. I love that I was able to read multiple works and unpack them with other scholars in this way. I am more confident about drawing on Hartman’s work in my research and teaching.” In previous years, we have focused on the works of Sylvia Wynter, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Sara Ahmed. Overall, participants “really appreciated having the opportunity to attend the workshop. The intellectual stimulation was of the highest caliber. I also felt the assembled members [were] particularly diverse and highly capable.”

We have benefited from the support of the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund as well as various organizations at UNC Charlotte including the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, the Department of Philosophy, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies. In light of such support, in 2018 we were able to provide travel funding for eight workshop participants, as well as modest incentives for session organizers and graduate students.

The author chosen for the 2019 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop will be Audra Simpson [Mohawk]. More information for the May 2019 workshop will be posted on the website by January 1st 2019, with applications due February 1st. UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Paquette at epaquet1@uncc.edu.

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2018 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop

The 2018 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop is no longer accepting applications. Workshop participants are encouraged to use the website to stay on top of current information for the upcoming workshop. Anyone who is interested in applying for the 2019 workshop can expect a CFP posted on this website in January 2019. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

2018 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop – Now Accepting Applications

This is the fourth annual Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop, and we are looking forward to being able to engage this year with the work of Dr. Saidiya Hartman, including Lose Your Mother (2007) and Scenes of Subjection (1997). Dr. Hartman describes her major fields of interest as “African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies.”

Anyone interested in participating in the workshop should submit an application that includes (a) a CV and (b) a cover letter stating why they are interested in the workshop. A rolling review of applications will begin on February 1st, 2018. This workshop is intended primarily for graduate students, junior scholars, untenured faculty, or independent scholars, but we encourage all to apply. Applications should be sent directly to epaquet1@uncc.edu.

In an attempt to ensure that those who are underfunded or lack adequate financial support are able to participate, travel funding is available. Anyone who is in need of travel funding is asked to submit a statement of need along with their application, as well as a budget detailing how they would use the funds. For full consideration for travel funds, please apply by February 1st, 2018.

 

2018 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop

We are very pleased to announce that the focus of the 2018 Feminist Decolonial Politics workshop is the work of Dr. Saidiya Hartman.

Dr. Hartman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007). She describes her major fields of interest as “African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies.” This is the fourth annual Feminist Decolonial Politics workshop, and we are looking forward to being able to engage this year with Dr. Hartman’s books and a number of her articles.

The workshop will take place in Charlotte, NC, from Tuesday, May 22nd until Friday, May 25th, 2018. Information about applying to the workshop will be available on the website by December 1st 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at epaquet1@uncc.edu.

2017 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop

The focus of the Feminist Decolonial Politics workshop for the summer of 2017 is the work of Sara Ahmed.

Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer, scholar, and activist. She is the author of several books including: Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998); Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000); The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004); Willful Subjects; On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012); The Promise of Happiness (2010); and Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Object, Others (2006). Her most recent text, Living Feminist Life, will be published in early 2017. You can access her blog feminist killjoys hereThe workshop concludes with a Skype conversation with Dr. Ahmed!

Anyone interested in participating in this workshop should submit an application that includes (a) a CV as well as (b) a cover letter stating why you are interested in the workshop. A rolling review of applications will begin on February 15th 2017. This workshop is intended primarily for graduate students, junior scholars, untenured faculty, or independent scholars, but we encourage all to apply. Applications should be sent directly to epaquet1@uncc.edu.

While we encourage all participants to apply to their departments for travel funding, we also recognise that this is not always possible. In an attempt to ensure that those who are underfunded or lack adequate support are able to participate, some travel funding is available for participants. The travel funding will be allocated on a sliding scale basis. Anyone who is in need of additional travel funding is asked to submit a statement of need along with their application, as well as a budget detailing how they would use the funds. For full consideration for a travel award, please apply by February 15th, 2017.

Travel funds were made possible through the small grant fund of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Chancellor’s Diversity Grant.

2016 Decolonial Feminist Workshop

The focus of the Decolonial Feminist Politics workshop for the summer of 2016 is the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha (1952). Trinh is a Vietnamese theorist and filmmaker, and her works address feminism, postcoloniality, immigration and refugeeism, and indigenous theory. Of particular interest are her books such as When the Moon Waxes Red: Representation, gender and cultural politics (Routledge 1991) and Woman, Native, Other: Writing postcoloniality and feminism (Indiana University Press 1989). We are also hoping to integrate several of Minh-ha’s films into the workshop; films will be shown in the evening.

Anyone interested in participating in this workshop should submit an application that includes (a) a cv as well as (b) a cover letter stating why you are interested in the workshop. A rolling review of applications will begin on May 1st 2016. This workshop is intended primarily for graduate students, junior scholars, untenured faculty, or independent scholars, but we encourage all to apply. Applications should be sent directly to lispaquette@gmail.com.

While we encourage all participants to apply to their departments for travel funding, we also recognise that this is not always possible. In an attempt to ensure that those who are underfunded or lack adequate support are able to participate, some travel funding is available for participants. The travel funding will be allocated on a sliding scale basis. Anyone who is in need of additional travel funding is asked to submit a statement of need along with their application, as well as a budget detailing how they would use the funds.

Travel funds were made possible through the small grant fund of the American Philosophical Association.