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2020 Call for Proposals

2020 NWSA Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The Poetics, Politics, and Praxis of Transnational Feminisms

The 2020 NWSA conference theme, “The Poetics, Politics, and Praxis of Transnational Feminisms,” seeks to open up conversation about the evolution of transnational feminisms.  Rooted in the pioneering scholarship of Jacqui Alexander, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, among others, transnational feminism has been a subject of feminist study, theorizing, and discourse for decades. It has contributed immensely to decentering Western, especially US, scholarship and generated new forms of anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and decolonial feminist praxis and epistemologies that cross national boundaries. 
The intention of this call is to revisit the linear narratives that accompany gender and feminist studies which circumscribe the emergence and definition of transnational feminism as well as  erase the long history of Black transnational feminisms. It also seeks to affirm the particular discourses within transnational feminisms that have been deepened by analyses of class, culture, religion, ethnicity, race, and caste. This is a critical historical moment to foreground the global context and to consider what a systemic, materialist, anti-racist transnational feminist analysis can offer.  
Transnational feminism converges and is in tension with other discourses of liberation. The theme aims to foreground scholarship and praxis that seek to bring transnational feminisms into deeper engagement with indigenous feminisms, intersectionality, radical Black feminisms, postcolonial feminisms, queer theory, ecofeminisms, disability studies, transgender studies, theoretical developments of anti-blackness and racial capitalism, neoliberalism, and neocolonialism/postcolonialism. These discourses of liberation both engage with and look beyond the state.   
NWSA welcomes proposals that lift up the many peoples who are obscured by, have been excised by, or have not been recognized as being part of, the transnational feminist dialogue, such as religious and racialized minorities, refugees, and queer communities. This call invites proposals from and about those individuals and communities who, although rarely identified as “national” representatives, often illuminate better how the structures of power operate. The theory and practice of transnational feminism can provide crucial insights and tools that help us to imagine new ways of living.
Participants are invited to interrogate: Who has been unaccounted for in both the history and present iterations of theoretical discourses of transnational feminisms? How can we fully analyze the inequalities that animate the local/situated/historically specific and simultaneously develop practices of mutual support and collective engagement? How can we offer alternatives to the geographical construct of the Global North/Global South in ways that foreground the complex hierarchies within both of these locations but that also attend to the ongoing imperial aggression against the Global South? What are the multiple manifestations of transnationalism? How has transnational feminist praxis diverged from theoretical discourse? How is transnational feminism expressed and represented in art, music, culture, and digital spaces? How can transnational feminist poetics, politics, and praxis help us work towards alternatives to the militarized, extractivist capitalism that is wreaking havoc with human and non-human life in ruthlessly unequal ways? What possibilities do the “poetics” offer for pushing the boundaries of theoretical constructs?    

Information about the types of proposals sought, pre-conference proposals, and more will be available starting in December 2019.
Proposal submission site will open on February 1, 2020

Accept/decline notifications will be sent to the email used in the proposal process between May 1 and May 8 2020.  Please save your accept/decline email notification.