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Call for Papers - What IFF (Intersectional Feminist Futures)?

The Feminist and Gender Studies Student Association at the University of Ottawa
presents the first annual Graduate Student Symposium entitled

“What IFF (Intersectional Feminist Futures)?”

 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

on MARCH 10, 2018


In Living a Feminist Life, Sara Ahmed says, “to become a feminist is to stay a student” (11). As graduate students interested in feminist work, we are the future of the academic world, and we are also explicitly invested in the future of feminism. How do we grapple with or imagine these feminist futures?

Alison Kafer has written about "crip futurity," asking whether a feminist future will also be accessible to all. Donna Haraway encourages us to think through the future in ways that extend above and beyond the human experience.

In Feminist Futures: Re-Imagining Women, Culture, and Development, editors Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, and Priya Kurian offer a call for more discussion of the future of the global South in cultural studies, development studies, and feminist theory. Sherene Razak has also emphasized the importance of examining the future of Muslim bodies in a continually islamophobic global climate. 

In her updated introduction to Black Feminist Thought (2013), Patricia Hill Collins writes that she is worried about the future of Black feminist thought: “however, as long as Black feminist thought, or whatever terms we choose in the future to name this intellectual work, remains dedicated to fostering both Black women’s empowerment and broader social justice, I plan on using my voice to support it” (xiii). 

Finally, both the past and the future of Canada have been at the centre of national conversation this year, as the state celebrates its 150-year anniversary. Indigenous activists have instead been imagining a decolonial future, one which would not construct the settler as the only subject of this land.

What IFF (Intersectional Feminist Futures)? invites graduate students to submit 300-word abstracts to by January 3, 2018. Papers can be presented in either English or French. Applicants will hear back by January 31, 2018.

Possible topics include:

  • Feminist futures in the era of Trump
  • Decolonial feminist futures
  • Feminist futures in politics
  • Feminist futures in the anthropocene (or Chthulucene, to use Haraway’s term)
  • The future of reproductive justice
  • Feminist killjoy work into the future
  • Crip futurities
  • Afrofuturities
  • Muslim futures
  • Feminist pasts in relation to feminist futures
  • Representing feminist futures

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