Southern CT State U Annual Women’s Studies Conference

Before I blog about this conference I just want to give you a heads up that I won’t be blogging for at least a week, ’cause I’ve decided it’s time to go relax on the beach! That said, as a 22-year former Connecticut resident I’m pleased to inform you about a great feminist graduate conference taking place at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on Saturday, October 29.

Titled “Critical Feminist Pedagogies: Towards an Education of Activism,” the conference is currently accepting proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, panels, or round tables, poster sessions, performance pieces, video recordings, and other creative works. The submission deadline isn’t until September 1st, so you have plenty of time to prepare something!

I’m particularly excited about this conference because it’s really trying to focus on bringing together academic/activist feminism. Although people are welcome to devise their own topics, here are some questions that the conference organizers offer:

  • What is the relationship between feminist pedagogy and indoctrination? Can consciousness-raising be a form of indoctrination? How would feminist education function beyond consciousness-raising?
  • Access to education as a feminist issue; inclusion/exclusion of certain groups
  • How might intersectionality (race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexuality, ability, environmental issues) be used as a tool for activism or education?
  • How can we continue to challenge the academic industrial complex?
  • What are the tensions between students, students and teachers, academics and grassroots activists and how might these tensions be used pedagogically/productively?

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