[EXTENSION] NWSA 2020: Aging and The Poetics, Politics, and Praxis of Transnational Feminisms.

deadline for submissions: 
February 23, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
National Women's Studies Association
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The Age and Ageism Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association is seeking submissions for the 2020 annual NWSA conference. The conference will take place Nov. 12-15 in Minnepolis.  This year’s theme is  The Poetics, Politics, and Praxis of Transnational Feminisms.

This year the call for papers includes no subthemes, but all proposed panels should touch upon the central theme of transnationalism. We seek papers that look at aging as it takes place in a globalized world, with heightened interconnectivity between people, a global economy and new inequalities that come along with it.

The official CfP NWSA states (this is an excerpt): 

 NWSA welcomes proposals that lift up the many peoples who are obscured by, have been excised by, or have not been recognized as being part of, the transnational feminist dialogue, such as new ways of living, culture, religion, ethnicity, race, and caste.  [. . . ]

Participants are invited to interrogate: Who has been unaccounted for in both the history and present iterations of theoretical discourses of transnational feminisms?

We would of course point out that older persons are likewise subject to such exclusions and invisibility, and we hope to receive from you many paper proposals that redeem this omission and focus on age as a significant identity category and that show how important it is to include older women if we wish to truly talk about the poetics, politics and praxis of transnational feminisms.

 Topics for consideration (we are not limited to these topics):

  • carework for older persons in a globalized world – and the transnational dynamics of carework
  • older persons’ use of technology in a globalized world
  • realities and representations queer and trans* aging in a globalized world
  • older women as participants of transnational activism (such as Fridays for Future) and interrogating the generational rhetoric of various reports about climate change activism
  • old bodies in a neoliberal world, particularly concerning health regimes and workplaces
  • teaching about age and aging in a globalized world
  • transnational representations of old age (for example in literature and visual media)
  • the significance of intersectionality (age, class, race, gender) for age studies
  • age as a question in (transnational) politics – specifically for female politicians.

Please submit a 100-word abstract (this is important as the system will not allow for the submission of longer abstracts) for your proposed paper by February 23rd, 2020 to nwsa.aging@gmail.comAlong with the abstract, please include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and paper title. If you include sources in your abstract, please include a bibliography (the list of works does not count within the 100 words). 

Please read through the entire CFP at  https://www.nwsa.org/files/NWSA%202020%20CFP_FINAL_.pdf and make sure your proposal fits with the yearly theme. Proposals that do not address the yearly theme will not be considered. 

The Age and Ageism Caucus co-chairs will compile the abstracts and submit panels to the NWSA Conference for consideration. If your abstract is selected for a panel, you must register in the NWSA database so the co-chairs can submit your abstract. Please note that acceptance to a panel does not guarantee acceptance to the conference. While panel submissions have a higher rate of acceptance than individual papers, not all panels are accepted.  

Lastly, the Age and Ageism Caucus is always open to collaborating with related caucuses/interest groups to form panels or roundtables. If you have any questions about panels, paper proposals, or possible roundtables, please contact the Caucus chairs individually. The current chairs are Linda Hess (University of Frankfurt, linda.hess@em.uni-frankfurt.de) and Melanie Cattrell (Blinn College, melanie.cattrell@blinn.edu).