Teaching and Practicing Feminism(s) in 2021

deadline for submissions: 
February 23, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Margaret Fuller Society
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Margaret Fuller SocietyAmerican Literature Association ConferenceBoston, July 7–11, 2021EXTENDED DEADLINE: Proposals due February 23, 2021 

Are Margaret Fuller’s feminist visions for social change still valid and contemporary in our age? The 2020 anniversary of women's suffrage in the US calls attention to women’s civil rights, and to the language of the law. Taking into account Fuller’s early explorations of gender fluidity in her private and published writings, in her feminist theory, and in her pedagogical experiments with adults and young people, this panel seeks to investigate how the reconceptualization of gender, sexuality, politics, and the body in the feminist writings of Margaret Fuller and in those of other women writers--including those highlighting the presence of racism in white women’s suffrage movements—can be practiced and taught in the classroom. Using both theory and pedagogy, we invite papers that center on feminist practice and rhetoric, collaboration, aesthetics and activism, with a special focus on feminist critiques by militant and radical writers.

We welcome papers from scholars at any career stage. Paper proposals of 250-500 words and a short vita should be sent to Sonia Di Loreto (sonia.diloreto@unito.it) and Jana Argersinger (argerj@gmail.com) by February 23, 2021. Please note if you will require A/V for your presentation.