CFP: Feminism and War (4/15/06; 10/20/06-10/22/06)

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Announcing: A Conference on "Feminism and War"
October 20-22, 2006, at Syracuse University

Call for Proposals


The Women's Studies Program at Syracuse University invites proposals for papers
to be presented at a national conference on the contested and complex
relationship between feminism and war. The focus will be on recent U.S.
government initiatives that claim war in the name of women's liberation, but
with a global and transnational context in which other military actions might be
considered. We look forward to energetic dialogue frominterdisciplinary
perspectives on these sub-themes:

Women's Liberation and U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. War and Women in Iraq and Afghanistan
War and Women in and of the U.S
The War and Organizing for Women's Liberation

We hope to examine questions such as: What are the multiple interpretations of
the phrase "women's liberation"? How are these multiple interpretations related
to the specifics of religion, culture, history, nation within the current U.S.
wars? What, in fact, is assumed about the category "woman" in the context of
these conceptual and actual locations at this moment in time? What different
philosophical concepts of "freedom for women" might be implicit in the current
debate raised by the conduct of U.S. wars? What different histories--national,
gendered, religious--intersect within this debate about women and freedom? What
are the liberating and limiting aspects of religion in relation to women in
these debates? How does the struggle over definitions of women's freedom
manifest itself in cultural creations, artifacts, and productions? Have women in
Iraq and Afghanistan been liberated by the recent Gulf War? A special invitation
is extended to activists to submit proposals, to increase dialogue between
theoretical analysis and grounded experience. The conference schedule will
include plenary sessions, paper presentations, discussion groups, and cultural

The Conference Organizing Committee includes Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Minnie
Bruce Pratt, Linda Martín Alcoff, Gwen Pough, and Vivian May. We will consider
proposals for single papers or panels. Please send a one page abstract for each
paper, or send a one page description of each panel proposal with one page
abstracts for each paper in the panel to the committee at the address below.

Proposals are due April 15, 2005 through email or regular mail to:

Janet Dodd
Women's Studies Program
208 Bowne Hall
Syracuse University
Syracuse NY 13244

Notifications of acceptance will be made by May 15, 2005.

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