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Sunday, September 23, 2012

CFP: Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist Conversations, Contestations, and Coalitions

Pour la version française de cette annonce, veuillez lire

Call for Abstracts
35th Anniversary conference

*Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist Conversations, Contestations, and

Simone de Beauvoir Institute
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

April 17th-19th, 2013
(abstract submission deadline 15 October 2012)

This three-day international conference brings together scholars,
activists, artists, and
students from a broad range of disciplines and fields to discuss the
complex ways in which
race and sexuality shape one another. The conference seeks to encourage
between feminists who work on issues of race and those who work on issues
of sexuality.
Specifically we ask: How does race structure sexualities? How are
sexualities racialized?
How do the forces of global neoliberalism effect conceptions and
configurations of race
and sexuality? What methods, approaches and theories are most useful for
these questions?
To contemplate these concerns, we invite submissions in French or English
for papers or
visual presentations (performances, videos or other artworks) that
address—but are not
limited to—the following broad themes related to race and/or sexualities:
-Embodiment, health, biopolitics
-Political economies
-States, citizenship and trans/nationalisms
-Colonialisms and imperialisms

confirmed speakers
Dr. Gayatri Gopinath (New York University)
Author of Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public
Dr. Anne McClintock (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Author of Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial
Françoise David (Montreal)
Prominent feminist activist, initiator of the World March of Women, and
author of De colère et d'espoir

conference context:
Over the past four decades, feminists have been challenging each other to
consider the complex
relationships between race and sexuality, alongside questions such as those
of capital, gender,
embodiment, nationalisms, and imperialisms. As a result, significant
paradigmatic shifts away
from ahistorical, universal, and/or "single-issue" feminist thinking have
occurred. Despite
these important strides, however, conceptual, material, and practical
barriers persist.
The Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI) is a vibrant community of
interdisciplinary scholars
and activists committed to critical examination on feminisms, power
relations and social
justice. The conference on "Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist
Conversations, Contestations, and
Coalitions" marks the 35th anniversary of the SdBI and offers opportunities
for retrospective
and forward-looking thinking on these political and theoretical challenges.
We invite you to
join us in this celebration!

For more information, see the full call for papers at

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