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NWSA: Performative Feminisms and Outsider Interventions (Feb 26, 2010; Nov. 11-14, 2010)
full name / name of organization:
Basuli Deb/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NWSA Conference: Nov. 11-14, 2010, at Denver, Colorado
Performative Feminisms and Outsider Interventions
This session is an attempt to engage in difficult dialogues around the sub-theme of “ ‘Outsider’ Feminisms.” It aims to explore the feminist possibilities of the performative arts, largely positioned outside the realm of conventional feminist theories and practices, and asks why performance feminism remains largely an untheorized and neglected area within feminist scholarship. The idea is to uncover how “outsider” epistemologies of gendered performance have often become strategies to resist diverse power-structures like imperialism, state violence, ethnic conflicts, gendered divisions of labor, class power, gender normativity, and able-bodiedness, age, among many others. The activist potential of performative arts has often expressed itself through the specificities of regional cultures as well as through transnational strategies of feminist resistance as performance troops have traveled across geographies to showcase their art. This session invites speakers to present not only on the politics of the performative as outsider feminisms, but also on the relationship among diverse and often contestatory modes of such feminisms. The session is also interested in papers that examine how such oppositional modes of performance can forge meaningful and productive relationships with each other across various contexts of disenfranchisement. How can we avoid reductive politics in an area that remains largely nascent in its theoretical prospects within feminism? Finally, this session is invested in thinking and reinventing the position and role of outsider feminisms like performative feminisms within the structures of the academia.
Topics might include, but are not confined to:
To participate in this session, please send the following information by February 26, 2010 to Basuli Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name, Institutional Affiliation, Snail Mail, Email, Phone, Title of your talk, a one-page, a one page double-spaced abstract of your presentation indicating how it will be relevant to this session. Every speaker will present for around 15 minutes, and we will have a discussion at the end.