2019 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop

We are very happy to announce that the focus of the 2019 Feminist Decolonial Politics Workshop is Dr. Audra Simpson.

Dr. Simpson is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press, 2014). She describes her research as “energized by the problem of recognition, by its passage beyond (and below) the aegis of the state into the grounded field of political self-designation, self-description and subjectivity. This work is motivated by the struggle of Kahnawake Mohawks to find the proper way to afford political recognition to each other, their struggle to do this in different places and spaces and the challenges of formulating membership against a history of colonial impositions.”

The workshop seeks to create a space for junior scholars and graduate students to engage in rigorous discussions of seldom read figures in feminist decolonial theory. This 4-day intensive workshop provides an opportunity enrich participants’ research and pedagogy through sustained engagement with the work of a given author. In the past, we have read the works of Saidiya Hartman, Sara Ahmed, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Sylvia Wynter.

Applications are due February 1st, 2019 and should include (a) a CV, and (b) a statement of interest. Travel funding is available on a first come, first serve, basis. To be considered for the travel grant, submit (a) a statement of need, and (b) a travel budget. Late applications will not be considered for the travel grant.

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CFP: Political Epistemologies

Villanova University || March 15-16, 2019

Featuring a keynote address by José Medina (Northwestern University)

The systems of domination shaping our world, including classism, coloniality, and norms of embodiment, are deeply entangled. Because of this, pulling at a single thread cannot untie the knotted network of oppressions and may even tighten tensions between the other threads. A singular focus on one axis of oppression is, in Angela Davis’ words, an “ideological snare” — a trap meant to derail liberatory projects. Theories ensnared by this trap neglect the complexity of the social and political relations they seek to transform. This shortcoming is compounded by the specialization and professionalization systematically encouraged in contemporary academic institutions and the divisions of labor internal to it. As groups and as individuals, within and without the academy, hegemonic epistemologies leave their mark on us all. Epistemology, understood this way, is always political.

Developing alternatives to an oppressive socio-political order while experiencing domination and subjugation within that order is a central concern, not just for theorists of political struggle, but for theories of knowledge in general. Critical approaches to political epistemology require collective work toward the transformation of knowledge production and its material practices. With this task in mind, our conference seeks to embrace a variety of methodologies, disciplines and perspectives, and to facilitate their engagement. Our conference will bring together scholars in disciplines such as social epistemology, decolonial theory, feminisms, Marxist political economy and social theory, Latin American philosophy, critical philosophy of race, queer theory and disability studies. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

* Epistemic disobedience, activism, and/or organizing
* The Marxist tradition of ideology critique
* Coloniality and decolonizing epistemologies
* Genres of the human and the geopolitics of knowledge
* Epistemologies of ignorance and meta-ignorance
* The history of resistance movements and their processes of political education
* Liberation theologies and the religious dimensions of political struggle
* Collective social imaginations

We will be accepting abstracts/summaries up to 800 words, full papers, and panel proposals for review. Presentations should not exceed 20 mins. For panel proposals, please submit an abstract for the whole panel along with separate abstracts for each of the papers. Please prepare submissions for anonymous review and email them, or any questions, to vuconference2019@gmail.com.

Submission deadline: December 15th, 2018.

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.

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.