Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices

Feb 22, 2014 | 10:00am
Scholar and Feminist Conference

Scattered Hegemonies book cover



REGISTER for Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices.

Keynote address by Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan.

Speakers include Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, Attiya Ahmad, Toby Beauchamp, Abigail Boggs, Tina Campt, Chris Cynn, Nadia Fadil, Abosede George, Harjant Gill, Magdalena Grabowska, Laura Hale, Maja Horn, Neetu Khanna, Tate LeFevre, Lydia Liu, Tamura Lomax, Shayoni Mitra, Liz Montegary, Zenele Muholi, Jennifer Nash, Tami Navarro, Maria-Belen Ordonez, Catherine Sameh, Sima Shakhsari, Deborah Thomas, Jennifer Terry, Netta van Vliet, Neha Vora, and Bianca Williams.

In 1994, Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan published the landmark Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practice. The work marked a pivotal moment in the development of transnational feminisms with its examination of the circulation of ideas, people, capital, goods, and socio-political movements across different spatial and temporal boundaries.

Today, their analysis remains crucial, with scholars looking at how these processes necessitate our rethinking of key categories of feminist analysis, including gender, sexuality, nationalism, modernity, hegemony, and power. Grewal and Kaplan will keynote this year’s Scholar & Feminist Conference, which brings together scholars from across diverse disciplines and regions to explore how transnational feminisms help us to analyze and respond to recent global transformations, such as the Arab Spring, the occupy movements, and other widespread protests aimed at transforming existing systems of governance.

Share Your Thoughts – #sflocations

For the “Digital Engagement” session, we ask those of you who are active in digital communities around feminist scholarship to share with us:

  • What you get out of digital spaces in terms of transnational feminist collaborations?
  • Stories or lessons you want to share from collaborating / sharing research, knowledge, etc. online—things you learned, challenges you encountered, etc.
  • What suggestions would you give to scholars who want to use digital platforms to enhance their research collaborations, especially transnationally?
  • How do you deal with barriers like language differences in online spaces, different levels of internet access, etc.?

These responses should be marked with the hashtag #sflocations, and we’ll feature selected responses during the lunchtime session. They can be tweets, emails, videos, anything! You can reply below, on your blog and send us a link, or in an email to bcrw@barnard.edu. Please spread the word to communities you are involved in, and anyone you think might be interested! You do not need to be able to attend in person in order to submit a response.

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Saturday, February 22

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Breakfast and Opening Registration

Ground Floor Lobby and Event Oval, The Diana Center

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Opening Plenary: The Legacy of Scattered Hegemonies

Event Oval, The Diana Center

Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, Tina Campt, Lydia Liu, Jennifer Terry, Deborah Thomas, and Attiya Ahmad (moderator)
The groundbreaking authors of Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practice provide an overview of the last twenty years of transnational feminist scholarship, in conversation with several of their longtime collaborators.

12:00 – 12:30 PM

Lunch will be provided.

12:30 – 2:00 PM
Digital Engagement in Transnational Feminisms

Event Oval, The Diana Center

Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, Tamura Lomax, Maria Belen-Ordonez, Laura Hale, Zenele Muholi (via Skype), and Catherine Sameh (moderator)
Perhaps no one factor has changed so sharply in the last twenty years as the development of communications technologies. In this discussion, three scholar/writer/activists who curate transnational digital feminist spaces discuss how online engagement impacts their work and strategies for developing their scholarship outside of academic walls. We will begin by having these guests share their work and speak about their experiences, then move to a wider engagement with the audience – in person and online.

2:00 – 2:15 PM

2:15 – 3:45 PM
Concurrent Panels Session 1
  • Panel A: Global Transformation

    Abigail Boggs, Chris Cynn, Magda Grabowska, Maja Horn, and Neha Vora
    James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

    We are in the midst of dramatic global transformation. National economies are collapsing. Brazil, Russia, India, and China continue to rush forward with massive economic development. The “Arab spring” of 2009 and Occupy movements that began in 2011, along with other widespread protests aimed at transforming existing systems of governance, continue to simmer, incomplete. The war on terror moves into its 13th year and many citizens are told we remain in permanent states of emergency, with vastly increased surveillance and ever evolving weaponry. Social and political allegiances find new shapes as the internet becomes an ever increasing part of our lives and connections. Through it all, how might transnational feminisms help us to analyze and respond to these transformations?

  • Panel B: Critical Scholarship in Neoliberal Times
    Harjant Gill, Liz Montegary, Jennifer Nash, Tami Navarro, and Catherine Sameh
    Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

    Despite decades of work by scholars committed to transforming the academy, the spaces in which we produce our scholarship continue to be characterized by gendered, raced, classed and heteronormative exclusions (e.g. hiring, teaching, tenure and promotion, publication). The neoliberalization of higher education and cutbacks to sites of critical scholarship, including gender studies, ethnic studies, African-American studies, and queer studies, have further exacerbated these exclusions. How is our scholarship implicated and affected? How might we respond to these challenges?

3:45 – 4:00 PM

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Concurrent Panels Session 2

  • Panel A: Building Interdisciplinary and Transregional Alliances
    Abosede George, Neetu Khanna, Sima Shakhsari, Netta Van Vliet, and Bianca Williams
    Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

    Transnational feminist works have long complicated disciplinary and area studies approaches, yet our scholarship largely circulates along disciplinary and regional lines. Is this a reflection of institutional priorities and constraints—where funding, publishing, and promotions continue to be centered in departments and area studies centers? Are discussions that cross-cut these lines important, and if so, how might they be fostered, especially in the current climate of cutbacks?

  • Panel B: Situating Transnational Feminism in a Changing Theoretical Landscape
    Attiya Ahmad, Toby Beauchamp, Nadia Fadil, Tate Lefevre, and Shayoni Mitra
    James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

    Recent feminist theory calls into question the efficacy of critique and the stories undergirding our collective feminist work. Arguably, transnational feminist work has long constituted a multi-dimensional space of analysis, one attentive to affect and materialism in its multiple guises, and one eschewing “paranoid readings” and “streamlined stories”. Given the unique background of this sphere, how might we situate our work in relation to these broader shifts in within the academy? Is the central focus of our work critique, and should critique continue to animate our work?

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Barnard Hall


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