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ABOUT THE THEME: Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing

The theme: Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing speaks to the historic moment in which we live and the new world that we want to create.  We are at a crossroads – witnessing the largest social justice protests in recent history alongside the resurgence of emboldened right-wing nationalist, ableist, xenophobic, racist, misogynist, imperialistic, homophobic forces. There are more refugees in the world than at any other time in history, and they are targets of vicious violence or willful disregard. Class inequality is prevalent and the number of people living on the margins of society has grown. Possibilities for democratic engagement seem to be diminishing and anti-black racism has become a global phenomenon.
But there has also been an unrelenting and growing challenge to this trend from many sectors.  We have seen a trans and queer rights movement, students demanding decolonized education, survivors of sexual assault speaking out, and the growth of a broad-based, informal workers movement. Indigenous activists have opposed settler colonial incursion and degradation of the land and have articulated more sustainable and just policies in the face of climate change.  Migrant rights organizations, insurgent feminist movements, anti-militarism, prison abolition, and a vibrant campaign for disability rights have brought visibility and voice to urgent social issues. From Central America, to South Africa, to the United States, protest and resistance have transcended national boundaries – either by organizing within nation-states outside of national identities or by organizing across national boundaries.
This inquiry is a global imperative that transgresses borders. 2019 is the 100th anniversary of some of the most significant global protest movements:  The first Pan-African Congress, unprecedented labor struggles in the wake of World War I, the emergence of women’s international activism, and the anti-imperial protests of the May Fourth Movement in China. Like the current moment, these movements were confronting the rise of fascism, deepening economic cleavages, the development of eugenics policies targeting multiple non-normative populations, and pervasive racial violence.
How do we draw upon/leverage these traditions? How do we make sense of the growing political protest and demands for justice?  Are we at a tipping point? How have these movements crossed national, temporal, and racial borders to connect to one another?  What does solidarity mean and how is it constituted at a moment when competing global empires, led by the US, have wrought destruction and generated crises around the world? How have class considerations, economic injustice, disparities in wealth, and growing precarity fueled a movement for justice?
Women’s and gender studies and feminist methodologies and theories have been at the forefront of an intellectual initiative to grapple with and analyze patterns of inequality and social and economic marginalization, as well as the possibilities for resistance and organizing.  The research taken up by scholars interested in feminist analyses or approaches to gender have deepened our knowledge and served as a foundation for collective mobilization and empowerment. Its contributions to the conceptual and political project are evident in the growing right-wing attack on these academic programs.  We will continue to bridge the dialogue between those inside and outside the academy, to employ research and pedagogical approaches that challenge normative practices, and to deepen the transnational networks among feminists across the globe.
We actively invite papers, performances, and panels – from all disciplines – that represent the global dimensions of gender concerns to this conference.  We hope to consider the geographies  of both injustice and justice, consider how spatial politics inform the praxis of protest, consider how spaces of exception become sites of resistance, consider how exclusion fosters new possibilities for collaboration and how marginality has been a source of radicalism.  Our aim is to interrogate all forms of intellectual, political, literary, technological, and artistic forms of resistance, social movements, subversions, counternarratives, opposition politics, theories of resistance, collective mobilizations, and hidden transcripts – historically and in the present moment – to help us answer the question: Where do we go from here?

Please note that submitted proposals must address one of the themes below to be eligible for inclusion in the program.  Subthemes for the conference include:

SUBTHEME ONE: Politics of Labor and Class
Review Chairs: Judy Wu, University of California, Irvine, and Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, San Francisco State University

SUBTHEME TWO: Politics of the State
Review Chair: Stephen Dillon, Hampshire College

SUBTHEME THREE: Human + Nonhuman Worlds
Review Chair: Vanessa Agard-Jones, Columbia University

SUBTHEME FOUR: Transformative Justice
Review Chair: Keisha-Khan Perry, Brown University

SUBTHEME FIVE: Trans*/Trans- Feminist Futures
Review Chairs: Maylei Blackwell, University of California, Los Angeles, and Francisco Galarte, University of Arizona

SUBTHEME SIX: Spatial Politics / Transgressing Borders
Review Chair: Mia White, The New School

SUBTHEME SEVEN: Art, Performance, Literary and Visual Culture
Review Chairs: Sonya Donaldson, New Jersey City University, and Maytha Alhassen, University of Southern California

SUBTHEME EIGHT: Politics of Knowledge
Review Chair: Savannah Shange, University of California, Santa Cruz

SUBTHEME NINE: Body Politics
Review Chair: Laura Mauldin, University of Connecticut