Building Solidarity Across Women's Gender and LGBTQ Experiences-CFP for NeMLA 2021 Conference Panel

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Chairs: Rachelann Lopp Copland and Forrest Johnson/NeMLA and the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus

Full Abstract of Panel:  “Solidarity”, an abstract, almost unattainable ideal in higher education, often parades around as a tangible intention, as if it were an easily attainable concept. Wear a solidarity pin! Put a union sticker on your car! John W. Curtis, Director of Research and Public Policy for the American Association of University Professors, states that, “Change does require commitment and shared activism." This panel aims to explore tangible strategies at achieving and fostering solidarity and to offer insight into what commitment to shared activism could potentially look like, particularly in representing women’s, gender, and LGBTQ experiences. We ask: What does solidarity mean to marginal communities, people of color, women and LGBTQ communities? What are positive intersections between the tools of women and gender studies that could allow for us to create and manifest feasible notions of solidarity amongst our colleagues and peers? How can allies participate in solidarity efforts? What are avenues for equitable commitment to solidarity?

Focusing on women and LGBTQ members of the academy, our panel’s purposeful hope is to provide innovative strategies for creating a more cohesive faculty whole. By exploring the many approaches to solidarity in the academy, this panel aims to contribute to the overarching theme of NeMLA’s 2021 convention, “Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities.”

Potential areas to address include, but are not limited to:

How does solidarity function in our work identity? How does the materiality of solidarity help or harm action and intention? Are there models on other campuses or in other industries we can assess and use? What has been helpful in your own experience to improve and aid the efforts of women and LGBTQ communities on campus? What are correlations between mental and emotional health and solidarity? How has COVID-19 affected solidarity?

NeMLA is working to consider possibilities for the 2021 conference in Philadelphia, PA because of COVID-19 implications, but as of right now, we are moving forward with CFPs and sessions because we will definitely hold the sessions regardless of location!!  Attendance is required through virtual or physical presence.

 SUBMIT ABSTRACTS VIA NeMLA's SUBMISSION PORTAL:  http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html

Shortened Description of Panel:  What does solidarity mean to marginal communities, people of color, women and LGBTQ communities? What are positive intersections between the tools of women and gender studies that could allow for us to create and manifest feasible notions of solidarity amongst our colleagues and peers? This panel aims to explore tangible strategies at achieving and fostering solidarity and to offer insight into what commitment to shared activism could potentially look like, particularly in representing women’s, gender, and LGBTQ experiences.

This session is sponsored by NeMLA's Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, but participation in the panel IS NOT limited to WGSC members!!