Feminisms Now

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Korean Society for Feminist Studies in English Literature
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The International Conference organized by

The Korean Society for Feminist Studies in English Literature (KFSEL)

Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, May 28-30, 2020

 Feminisms Now

The Korean Society for Feminist Studies in English Literature (KFSEL)presents a conference on “Feminisms Now” to be held from Thursday, May 28, 2020 to Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Yonsei University, Seoul.


We invite scholars, students, and activists to discuss practical and theoretical challenges for feminism today, including, but not limited to, feminism’s relationship to neoliberalism and late capitalism; feminism and labor; ecofeminism; the state of feminism and gender studies within academic discourse and critical theory; and the role of literature and culture in movements such as #MeToo. Keeping in mind the astonishing momentum of the #MeToo movement in South Korea, we’ll also reflect on how feminist movements scale up and down between the local and transnational. How might culturally contingent, specific, personal narratives of sexual violence gain wider traction and concrete executive force? Is international feminist solidarity even possible under current conditions of global inequality?


We welcome papers on the following topics:

  • social reproduction theory
  • feminism and anti-capitalism
  • feminism and neoliberalism
  • women and labor, housework and care work
  • sex work and the commercialization of the body
  • the aftereffects of so-called sexual liberation
  • feminism and the environment
  • queer futurities
  • feminist theory and practice after #MeToo
  • misogynist discourse, its forms and history
  • the place of feminist, gender, queer theory in critical theory
  • literary and filmic representations and/or aestheticizations of sexual violence
  • race and gender
  • the possibilities of transnational feminism
  • contemporary feminist literature and film

Each presentation will be limited to 20 minutes, followed by discussions and Q & A sessions. Graduate students are also welcome to submit proposals and to participate in the conference.

Please submit abstracts (of no more than 250 words) and a brief CV, along with a short bio to the organizing committee at fsel2015@gmail.com by March 1.

Acceptance notices will be sent out by March 15.

For further inquiry, please feel free to contact the organizing committee.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 1, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of papers: March 15, 2020
  • Submission of papers for the conference proceedings: May 15, 2020