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Call for Proposals



Precarity
November 12 - 15, 2015
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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As a concept, precarity draws attention to the lived conditions, structured nature, and relational aspects of systemic inequality. Focusing on diverse forms of violence, inequality, and harm pervading contemporary life, precarity names a “politically induced condition in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks of support and become differentially exposed to injury, violence, and death” (Butler 2009, 25). Interrogating precarity as an embodied, political, affective, economic, ideological, temporal, and structural condition can thus illuminate how inequality is constructed and regulated. Precarity, as a framework, is useful for pinpointing how outwardly disparate lives, systems, temporalities, logics, forms of power, sites of trauma, and techniques of social control interrelate; it is equally valuable for naming and contesting the shared logics that rationalize disproportionate harm, containment, and death for some and opportunity and flourishing for others.

NWSA 2015 identifies several thematic areas for critical inquiry and creative engagement in women's and gender studies and related fields:

Debility/Vulnerability
Affect/Eros
Institutions/Containments
Distortion/Disposession

 
NWSA invites all of those interested to submit proposals for panels, papers, workshops, and performances that represent the wide range of intersectional and transnational scholarship in the US and beyond.