>From: Holly McBee <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Feminist Inquiry in Transit (10/5/04; 4/7/05-4/9/05)
>Call for Papers
>THE WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY
>announces a symposium on
>A CONFERENCE ON FEMINIST INQUIRY IN TRANSIT
>APRIL 7-9, 2005
>Rey Chow, Brown University; Darlyne Bailey, Teachers College, Columbia
>University; Inderpal Grewal, University of California, Irvine; Ruth
>University of Montana; Siobhan Somerville, University of Illinois
>Transit: from the Latin transire, to go across, as in passage from one
>subject to another. Responding to recent shifts in feminist inquiry,
>this conference seeks to bring together feminist scholars in the
>humanities, social sciences, and sciences to think through the
>development of "trans" studies and "trans" methodologies. We invite
>proposals that explore the turn from interdisciplinary and multicultural
>projects to transnational, transgendered, transdisciplinary, and
>transcultural feminist projects. We welcome proposals for papers and
>panels, as well as performance pieces, poetry, and fiction.
>We offer the following questions to help generate varied, specific
>How has the concept of "trans"--and its attending emphases on processes
>of crossing, changing, becoming--shifted attention in feminist studies
>from matters of difference and deferral to those of movement and
>mutation? What might be the effects of this shift on questions of power
>and agency, categorical imperatives and emerging networks, and
>reconceptualizations of the workings of language, representation,
>performance, culture, politics?
>How can we reexamine the relation of Area Studies, Ethnic Studies, and
>Postcolonial Studies to various fields in Anglo-European studies and
>thought? What analyses of race, sexuality, gender, class and other
>identity markers do or do not translate easily or innocently across
>historical periods, genres, or national contexts?
>In terms of "trans" methodologies, how do we see academic disciplines
>interrogating themselves or resisting self-interrogating? What does
>feminist transdisciplinarity risk, and what does it have to gain, by
>becoming professionalized within the academy? Do projects that
>transgress discipline, for example women's autobiography or matters of
>law and policy, enable us to bridge epistemological gaps? How does the
>shift to "trans" methodologies enable us to rethink the body? nature?
>materiality? reimagine space and place in globalization theory and in
>local settings? reimagine the global and the local themselves?
>How do trans/positions enable us to resist certain forms of
>impositions? For example, how has transnational thought enabled queer
>theory to reflect upon the colonizing potential of coming-out
>narratives? Which formulations of queer critique and theories of
>racialization are specific to US contexts and which are relevant to
>other national or transnational contexts? How have activist communities,
>for example the anti-globalization movement, contributed to the
>formation and development of transmovements?
>How has the call to think across cultural, national, and gendered
>boundaries become more politically urgent, but also more difficult in an
>atmosphere of backlash, after 9-11?
>Given the potential for cooptation by market imperatives of
>globalization and seemingly transparent calls for global unity, how
>might the trans movement be understood as enabling yet troubling,
>promising yet ominous?
>Deadline for Submissions: October 5, 2004
>Accepted applicants will be notified by mid-November
>Please send a detailed abstract or panel proposal (1-2 pages) to:
>Ruth Salvaggio, Director
>Women's Studies Program
>Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Rm. 6164
>100 N. University St.
>West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
>We also welcome submissions via e-mail but NOT as attachments
>send to: [log in to unmask]
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