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"20th Anniversary Feminist Workshop Retrospective: The History and Future of a Space and its Knowledges"
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The 2011 CCCC, marks the 20th anniversary of the Feminist Workshop, a place where themes of contested space and contested knowledge have been ever-present. That classrooms, academies, and publications afford different levels of access to different teaching, publishing, researching, and theorizing bodies (and bodies of knowledge) has been a primary concern of feminist work. Further, popular notions of scholarship, diversity, hierarchy, resistance, violence, boundaries, collaboration, equity, maternity, reclamation, identity, authority, (inter)disciplinarity, and community are frequently far more complicated than we would like to admit; thus the driving questions of feminist projects have focused on investigating and changing these inequities. In the Feminist Workshop participants have (1) attested to the lived experience of feminist scholars, (2) contested and negotiated those spaces and knowledges hostile to women, and (3) contested and negotiated the scholarship and pedagogy enacted in those spaces.
But feminist work has not simply been a project of antagonism to spaces and knowledges controlled by others. As Jaqueline Jones Royster pointed out in her 2010 Feminist Workshop keynote address, feminist analysis is reflexive, it thinks about its own spaces and knowledges. Her ideas were enacted at the 2010 panel “Feminisms and Rhetorics” where Royster, Cheryl Glenn, Andrea Lunsford, and Shirley Wilson Logan considered how projects that recover and recuperate female figures have tended to eclipse other ways in which feminist work might invigorate theory, practice, history, and pedagogy.
Historically, thematically, and theoretically the time is right for the Feminist Workshop to undertake a prospective retrospective that considers just what this space is, what knowledge it might be said to produce, and what from its past might inform its future.
To investigate these changes, the first portion of the workshop will feature personal histories of the feminist workshop from scholars active at various points in the workshop’s past—before and during its inception, in its early and middle years, and in its recent iterations. And the second portion of the workshop will feature small roundtable presentation and discussion of contemporary concerns of feminist work.
We invite proposals for this second portion of the workshop. Specifically, we are interested in hearing brief (5-8 minute) presentations about the key feminist issues in your own universities and lives that reflect changing and continuing issues in the field. We hope that these presentations will reveal needs that the Feminist Workshop could and/or should address in the future.
Proposed presentations should seek to answer one or more of the following questions:
Accepted presenters and titles will be listed on the program and there may be an opportunity to participate in a publication resulting from the work done at the 2011 Feminist Workshop.