Interrogating Intersectionality in a Global Perspective

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
AHRC International Networking Project: Articulating Women: Interrogating Intersectionality and Empowering Women Through Critical Engagements
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Interrogating Intersectionality in a Global Perspective, An International Symposium

Proposals are invited for a Symposium, "Interrogating Intersectionality in a Global Perspective" to be held at Liverpool Hope University (UK) on 21 June 2019.  The symposium seeks to interrogate the potential and limitations of Intersectional approaches within a global context.  It is part of an AHRC funded International Networking Project that seeks to scope the potential and limitations of intersectionality in relation to both theory and praxis. In keeping with this broad-based agenda, the organisers seek contributions from any discipline and welcome interdisciplinary approaches.

Within Gender and Women studies, a woman’s subject status is claimed, held, and negotiated at the intersection of competing sources of disadvantage and discrimination. Class, race, caste, age, and religion are among the factors that act within overlapping realms to shape women’s lives in complex ways within different social and national contexts. We are seeking to explore the tensions that emerge between theory and lived experience; between professional practice and theoretical models of gender and community interaction; and between public pronouncements of gender equality and representations of identity in historiography, literature, art, film, and popular culture.

Papers exploring intersectionality within any social and national context are welcome. Theoretical papers are welcome as are historical, biographical, sociological, political, literary, filmic, artistic, and cultural case studies, including practice-based research.  Among possible topics are: postcolonial experience and intersectional perspectives; Orientalism and the dynamics of intersectionality; organisational policies and intersectional realities; expressions of intersectionality within artistic practice; the analyst’s positionality within analyses of intersectionality; the dangers of and to intersectional analyses; intersectionality and generational feminist politics; intersectionality and the articulation of international feminist politics and perspectives; stereotypes and intersectionality; Eurocentrism and intersectionality; religious practices and intersectional politics; totalising narratives and intersectionality; the politics of literary form and linguistic structures in relation to intersectionality.

Proposals for 20-minute papers can be submitted via an online form on the project website www.empowering-women.net. Proposals can also be sent, together with a short c.v., to ahrcconference@hope.ac.uk by 15 May 2019. Because we have found that a small, focused symposium enables engaging and productive discussion, numbers will be limited to 30.

Those whose papers have been accepted will be expected to register through the Liverpool Hope University On-line Store by 7 June 2019. Those who have not done so will be removed from the programme.

More information can be found on the Articulating Women website: www.empowering-women.net. Informal enquiries may be made to the conference organisers, Philomena Harrison harrisp1@hope.ac.uk and Cindy Hamilton hamiltc@hope.ac.uk.