[UPDATE] Rethinking Baudrillard and Feminist Theory, abstract deadline extended to 12 November 2010
From Jane Gallop's 'French Theory and the Seduction of Feminism', Meaghan Morris' 'Room 101 or A Few Worst Things in The World' to Douglas Kellner's 'Baudrillard's Affront to Feminism,' the French sociologist Jean Baudrillard has been widely condemned in the 80s and 90s as an anti-feminist philosopher. This criticism makes some sense: Baudrillard's major mistake has indeed been his caricaturizing of feminism and feminist theory as mere emancipation or equal rights discourse. Nevertheless, this workshop starts from the premise that the early feminist critiques on Baudrillard have thrown out the metaphorical baby with the bathwater, and that it has become urgent to revisit Baudrillard's relevance for feminist theory in light of the latter's decreasing grip on global politics. How can, should or may we rethink Baudrillard's ideas in relation to feminism and feminist theory? How may or may not Baudrillard's strategy help raise the versatility of feminism and contemporary feminist theory in light of today's intensification of gendered oppressions under techno-neoliberalism? What are the potential pitfalls of thinking Baudrillard and feminism together? The workshop invites submissions from those working in the fields of feminist theory, post-colonial theory, critical theory, critical sociology, and the philosophy of technology.