CFP: [Gender Studies] New Conversations with Lourde, Anzaldua, & Rich

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Crystal Son Brownell

Conference Title: (dis)junctions 2009, April 3-4, 2009

UC Riverside

Panel Title: New Conversations with Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, and
Adrienne Rich

Three women associated with “second-wave” feminism of the seventies and
eighties continue to invigorate multiple and divergent fields such as
gender studies, women’s studies, postcolonial studies, ethnic studies, and
gay, lesbian, and queer studies. These three pioneers have left enduring
legacies about the situatedness of our knowledges and the then frequently
unacknowledged locations and biases of what we “know” for certain due to
our racial, gender, and economic position.
How do Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, and Adrienne Rich continue to chart
new intellectual terrain in a time of uneven globalization, labor
migration, new diasporas, and in response to imperialist and colonial
forces? How has their work influenced later figures and contemporary
theorists of race, labor, gender, and whiteness? Do they cast a spectral
shadow in surprising and unforeseen ways on contemporary academic
discussions? How do they continue to serve as intellectual fodder for later
generations and new scholars.
This panel requests work that engages in serious ways with the works of
Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, and Adrienne Rich (although not all
simultaneously, meaning a proposed paper can address one or two theorists
in isolation). Of particular interest are essays on Lorde’s “The Uses of
the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” Anzaldua and Moraga’s This Bridge Called
My Back, Anzaldua’s Borderlands / La Frontera, and Rich’s “Of Woman Born.”
Some suggested topics:

• life-writing
• butch / lesbian / dyke mommies (“Of Woman Born”)
• erotic practice in professional life
• women of color in professional spheres (“A Letter to Mary Daly”)
• autobiography and ethnography
• border theory

Please send a 250-300 page abstract and one page CV to by 2/20/09.

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