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>From: "Kimberly Williams" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Dangerous Places, Potential 
>Spaces: Emerging Feminist Connections and 
>Activisms in Local and Global Contexts (3/1/06; 
>5/24/06-5/26/06)
>
>Invitation for Proposals on Interdisciplinary Scholarly and
>Creative Work
>
>Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies Conference: .Dangerous
>Places, Potential Spaces: Emerging Feminist Connections and
>Activisms in Local and Global Contexts.
>
>University of Maryland
>May 24-26, 2006
>
>Website: www.freewebs.com/wsgo2006conference
>
>Featuring plenary sessions and workshops by feminist educator
>Dr. Peggy McIintosh, feminist postcolonial theorist Dr.
>Sangeeta Ray, and Black feminist scholar Dr. Beverly Guy-
>Sheftall.
>
>Interdisciplinary scholars are courageous risk-takers; they
>often conduct their research and teaching in .dangerous
>places. in which their work is undervalued, misunderstood
>and/or not supported. Young scholars are particularly
>vulnerable to the ramifications that can result from pushing
>boundaries and working at the margins of their academic
>locations. In response to this ongoing challenge to our
>scholarship and/or research and teaching endeavors, this
>conference will highlight and celebrate the scholarship of
>graduate students working in the areas of women.s, gender
>and/or feminist studies, sexuality studies, cultural studies,
>and other interdisciplinary academic locations having as
>their central locus progressivepolitics and intersectional
>theoretical and methodological approaches.
>
>As signaled by its title, the conference identifies and will
>provide a forum for discussing compelling intellectual issues
>currently driving feminist/critical politics and will bring
>together graduate students in related interdisciplinary
>academic locations who are working to transcend divides,
>dichotomies and boundaries of all sorts in their activisms,
>research, and teaching.
>
>Call for Proposals
>As a .potential space. for making professional, intellectual
>and/or activist connections among and between graduate
>students and established scholars working on similar issues,
>the conference will be divided into four thematic seminars in
>which the customary division between audience and presenter is
>collapsed. Each seminar will feature interactive working
>sessions co-facilitated by one invited senior scholar and one
>graduate student whose own research, teaching and/or
>activisms fit within the rubric of that seminar.s thematic
>mandate.
>
>Participants . including the senior scholar . will each be
>asked to prepare and present short position papers (3-4 pages
>each) in which they address some key issues, debates and
>conversations of the seminar as outlined below. Following
>these presentations, the moderators will facilitate
>discussion and/or activities among the session participants
>designed to draw out common themes and controversial issues
>that participants identify as having significant potential
>for future work in the area under discussion.
>
>All proposals should be related to the study of gender as it
>intersects with other dimensions of identity (such as
>religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national
>origin, mental, emotional, and/or physical ability, etc.).
>Graduate students committed to interdisciplinarity,
>intersectional approaches and whose work addresses
>feminist/critical politics should send a 200-word abstract
>via e-mail by March 1, 2006 indicating in which of the
>following seminars they.d like to participate:
>
>1. Building Community and Making Intellectual
>Connections
>
>Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Plenary Speaker and
>Seminar Scholar-Participant
>
>Concerned with strengthening the connections between
>intellectual communities, this seminar invites submissions
>from scholar-activists whose research, teaching, and/or
>activism consciously utilizes multiple critical perspectives
>and approaches from a variety of academic locations to
>transcend epistemological and/or disciplinary divides,
>dichotomies and boundaries to create that which could not
>have been otherwise. Topics to be considered include but are
>certainly not limited to:
>
>         How to navigate an interdisciplinary
>graduate program when your professors are trained in
>specific disciplines
>
>         How to do social justice work within the
>university and across various academic locations
>
>         The difference between and practical
>applications of multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary
>methodologies and approaches
>
>         Being an advocate of feminism and other
>critical/oppositional politics within
>.traditional. disciplines
>
>Abstracts for this seminar should be submitted by March 1,
>2006 to Angel Miles at [log in to unmask]
>
>2.      Transforming Structures of Oppression
>
>Plenary Speaker and Seminar Scholar-Participant to
>be determined
>
>This seminar invites works that engage oppression and
>resistance at a structural level. Participants will explore a
>broad range of topics pivoting on the connections between
>systemic oppression and structures and individual people.s
>lives and experiences. Questions include, but are not limited
>to:
>
>         How do institutions reproduce and
>maintain oppressive systems (such as racisms, white
>supremacy, classisms, heteropatriarchy, able-bodied
>normativity, among others)?
>
>         How do public health institutions produce
>normative meanings for bodies?
>
>         How does the state determine gender,
>race, and class differences and maintain them?
>
>         How is the prison-industrial complex
>situated within a racialized social order?
>
>         What does heterosexism and homophobia in
>the state look like today?
>
>         How do public transportation systems
>produce normative assumptions about the public as
>able-bodied?
>
>         How is the state and/or other
>institutions responsible for hate crime legislation
>that address trans-identity expressions?
>
>Abstracts for this seminar should be submitted by March 1,
>2006 to Laura Logie at [log in to unmask]
>
>3.      Globalization and Transnational Feminisms
>
>Dr. Sangeeta Ray, Plenary Speaker and Seminar
>Scholar-Participant
>
>This seminar will explore gendered processes within a
>transnational framework.  How do global economic, political
>and cultural processes impact the lives of gendered subjects
>differentially across the globe? How do they (re)
>construct/deconstruct particular kinds of gendered
>relations?  How are gendered relations associated with
>shifting racial, sexual, national, cultural and other
>processes?  Within this transnational framework, how do local
>groups resist?  How do they connect with each other across
>borders?  What are the power relations inherent in these
>kinds of feminist and other activisms across borders?  As
>part of this larger theme, topics can include but are not
>limited to:
>
>         Transnational feminist theory and
>transnational feminist interventions in various
>disciplines across the academy
>
>         Local activisms and transnational
>feminist connections
>
>         New (and historical) intersections of
>gender, race, ethnicity, culture, nation and
>sexuality in a global frame
>
>         The politics of gendered symbol systems
>
>Abstracts for this seminar should be submitted by
>March 1, 2006 to Vrushali Patil at [log in to unmask]
>
>4.      Women.s Studies in Translation: Accessing
>.Feminist Education. across the Spectrum of
>Difference
>
>Dr. Peggy McIntosh, Plenary Speaker and Seminar
>Scholar-Participant
>
>Women.s studies has developed into a thriving academic field
>of inquiry within the academy, and more and more women.s
>studies educators are being innovative how they develop and
>share feminist knowledge inside and outside of the academy.
>This seminar will support a conversation on these innovations
>in teaching, with a particular focus on how women.s studies
>practitioners interpret what counts as .feminist education,.
>and how they translate that knowledge to different kinds of
>learners across a variety of learning settings. Papers may
>address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
>
>         Innovative approaches in undergraduate
>and graduate teaching
>
>         Teaching women.s studies in
>non-women.s studies disciplines and working in
>interdisciplinary spaces
>
>         Activist orientations toward the
>classroom; social justice teaching
>
>         Feminist education and women.s
>liberation organizing
>
>         .Special. strategies for addressing
>.special. needs
>
>         Women.s studies in elementary and
>secondary school settings
>
>         Community education and popular education
>
>         The women.s studies Ph.D. (e.g.,
>curriculum, pedagogy, process, politics)
>
>         Accessing feminist education across race,
>class, age and geography (e.g., girls, young women
>who don.t attend college, and incarcerated women)
>
>         Teaching .different. feminisms and
>feminisms of difference (e.g., black feminism,
>feminisms of disability)
>
>         Translating feminisms across multiple
>literacies (e.g., visual literacy, multimedia
>education)
>
>         Working collaboratively across and within
>disciplinary fields of specialization
>
>         Scholarship of teaching and learning
>within women.s studies
>
>         Feminist pedagogies
>
>
>Abstracts for this seminar should be submitted by March 1,
>2006 to Nikki Stewart at [log in to unmask]
>
>Artwork and Multimedia submissions are also encouraged.
>Conference organizers are also soliciting non-text-based
>contributions from scholars, activists, theorists, and
>artists working in the areas of performance and fine art.
>Submissions meeting the above criteria for intersectional and
>interdisciplinary study which take the form of short
>plays/performance scripts (or digital recordings of those
>short performances), paintings or other types of visual or
>technology-based art forms, are encouraged. Please contact
>Kristen Williams at [log in to unmask]
>
>Submit Your Abstract
>Please submit your 200-word abstract as an attachment to the
>following person(s) as appropriate by March 1, 2006:
>
>For Seminar #1, .Building Community and Making    
>Intellectual Connections,. Angel Miles at [log in to unmask]
>For Seminar #2, .Transforming Structures of Oppression,"
>Laura Logie at [log in to unmask]
>For Seminar #3, .Globalization and Transnational Feminisms,.
>Vrushali Patil at [log in to unmask]
>For Seminar #4, .Women.s Studies in Translation:
>Accessing .Feminist Education.across the Spectrum of
>Difference,. Nikki Stewart at [log in to unmask]
>
>To submit proposals for artwork, performances, and
>multimedia: Kristen Williams at [log in to unmask]
>
>In addition, include a brief (3-5 sentence) bio of yourself
>with your abstract along with your preferred method of
>contact (email/phone/mailbox). You will be notified by April
>1st along with more information on paper guidelines.
>
>We look forward to receiving your abstracts!
>
>_______________________________________
>Kimberly A. Williams
>Doctoral Candidate, Department of Women's Studies
>University of Maryland, College Park
>
>

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