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 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. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at epaquet1@uncc.edu.

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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.

 

Call for Papers LACAS Conference 2016 Binghamton University-SUNY

Extended Application Deadline February 15, 2016

LACASConference2016@gmail.com

¿Quiénes somos? Who are we? Qui sommes-nous? Kisa nou ye?
Moving, Crossing, and Living In Multiplicity

The Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies (LACAS) Program at Binghamton University invites proposals for research presentations at our third biennial undergraduate research conference, to be held at the in Binghamton, New York on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the University Downtown Center. Undergraduates enrolled in any college or university are invited to submit proposals to present their research and creative work, which can be works in progress or completed projects. We welcome submissions on all topics related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and people of Latin American and Caribbean diasporas in any discipline.

This expansive field lends itself to asking questions from intersectional perspectives since Latin America, the Caribbean, and their diasporas are far from homogeneous. Their multiplicity means a plethora of possible research methodologies as well as political and activist approaches to the production of knowledge about Latin America, the Caribbean and its peoples.

¿Quiénes somos? Who are we? Qui sommes-nous? are questions that ask not only about ourselves but about our broader society and histories. We encourage papers that offer critical perspectives of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the transnational and global journeys of people, goods, narratives, and productions, as well as experiences of intersecting racialized, gendered, and classed subjects with multiple sexualities and ethnic identities.

Please submit a brief (about 200) word abstract of your fifteen-minute conference presentation, with your name, paper title, major, and college/university via email to LACASConference2016@gmail.com.

Call For Papers: Society for LGBTQ Philosophy, APA Pacific Division, San Francisco CA, March 30- April 3 2016

DECOLONIAL EROTICS AND THE COLONIALITY OF GENDER

The Society for LGBTQ Philosophy invites abstracts for an upcoming session at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association on March 30-April 3, 2016.

Our theme for this session is the connection between decolonial theory and studies of sexuality and gender. We thereby hope to engage questions regarding how colonial conquest, the Atlantic slave trade, the displacement of indigenous communities, and the circulating dynamics of coloniality shape intimate and/or erotic embodied existence.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous, Black, Latina/o, Arab, Asian embodiment and erotic life
  • Community identity/kinship/familial dynamics
  • Spiritualities/religious practices among communities of color
  • Epistemic/ontological features of race, sexuality, and gender
  • Pinkwashing/homonationalism
  • LGBTQ immigrant and refugee rights
  • Womanist, mujerista, feminist, queer, quare, non-binary, and transgender discourses among communities of color
  • Sexual and gender dynamics of racism, colonialism, and genocide

Please send paper and/or panel abstracts of no more than 500 words to slgbtqphilosophy@gmail.com by September 18, 2015. Please include names, institutional affiliations, and paper titles with all submissions.

Call For Papers: Society for LGBTQ Philosophy, APA Central Division Meeting March 2, 2016 – March 5, 2016, Chicago, IL

In a 2014 interview, Susan Stryker described the relationship between the first and second volumes of The Transgender Studies Reader as follows: “[The first volume] includes work from the ‘transgender moment’ of the early 1990s that changed the conversation on trans issues and tackles many of the topics that were of interest in the field’s first decade—questions of self-representation, diversity within trans communities, the increasing visibility of trans-masculinities. The second volume, from 2013, showcases the rapid evolution of the field in the 21st century, which is self-consciously moving in strongly transnational directions away from the Anglophone North American biases of the field’s first decade. There has been much more attention paid to the relationship between transgender issues and other structural forms of inequality and injustice, and, post 9/11, to questions about borders, surveillance, and security—and the ways that non-conventionally gendered bodies experience heightened scrutiny and limitations on movement, and can be seen as posing a terroristic threat to the body politic.”

Alongside these transnational trends within the field of transgender studies, the Society of LGBTQ Philosophy wishes to highlight recent issues and debates in transgender studies as significant in the context of U.S. philosophical discourses for several reasons as well. First, the publications of The Transgender Studies Reader 2 and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first journal exclusively dedicated to the field of transgender studies, coincide with increasing forms of representation of transgender and gender non-conforming persons in various news, entertainment, and social media. Such forms of representation also highlight how race, class, and citizenship status remain significant factors in determining how likely transgender and gender non-conforming persons are to become targets for police violence, hate crimes, and harassment. Second, social organizing work by transgender activists, especially transgender women of color activists, has gained public attention in recent years. For example, Jennicet Gutiérrez recently made headlines with her public call to President Barack Obama to address the violence against immigrant transgender women in U.S. detention centers. Third, with significant shifts in U.S. legislation, including the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage, it remains increasingly important to observe the often complicated relationship between LGB rights and transgender and queer rights.

For the upcoming 2016 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, the Society for LGBTQ Philosophy invites submissions for panel and/or paper abstracts on topics stemming from themes within the field of transgender studies. We invite submissions on all philosophical topics and conversations in transgender studies, as well as recent work addressing transgender issues in relation to prison abolition, healthcare activism and biomedicine, police and state violence, queer crip theory and disability studies, decolonial thought, and transnational politics.

Please send paper and/or panel abstracts of no more than 500 words to slgbtqphilosophy@gmail.com by September 1, 2015. Please also include names, institutional affiliations, and paper titles with all submissions.