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, transnational feminist work is increasingly important and increasingly imperiled in the face of a shrinking academic job market; a neoliberalizing academy that treats students as consumers and scholarship as marketable commodities; and an overall geopolitical climate of surveillance, fear, violence and widening material disparities.
To mark the 20th anniversary of this foundational text, and the ongoing formation of the field it helped to launch, in 2013-14 Catherine Sameh and Attiya Ahmad brought together a group of junior scholars working across disciplines and regions with the pioneers of the field to explore how their often elided or marginalized work on transnational feminisms could help 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, institutional and national. A day-long collaborative workshop encouraged scholars to share approaches and cross-pollinate ideas, and was followed by the public Scholar & Feminist conference. Participants intend to further develop their work in an upcoming issue of Scholar and Feminist Online.
The Scholar & Feminist 2014: Locations of Learning
The “Locations of Learning” conference included scholarly panels building on the legacy of Scattered Hegemonies and a lunchtime session on Digital Engagement in Transnational Feminisms. Sessions covered: The Legacy of Scattered Hegemonies, Global Transformation, Critical Scholarship in Neoliberal Times, Building Interdisciplinary and Transregional Alliances, and Situating Transnational Feminism in a Changing Theoretical Landscape.
The Legacy of Scattered Hegemonies with Caren Kaplan, Inderpal Grewal, Lydia Liu, Jennifer Terry, Tina Campt, and Deborah A. Thomas. Moderated by Attiya Ahmad
Building Interdisciplinary and Transregional Alliances with Bianca Williams, Sima Shakhsari, Netta van Vliet, and Neetu Khanna. Moderated by Deborah A. Thomas
Critical Scholarship in Neoliberal Times with Tami Navarro, Harjant Gill, Jennifer Nash, Liz Montegary, and Catherine Sameh. Moderated by Jennifer Terry
Situating Transnational Feminism in a Changing Theoretical Landscape with Attiya Ahmad, Toby Beauchamp, Nadia Fadil, Tate LeFevre, and Shayoni Mitra. Moderated by Tina Campt
Transnational Feminist Practices: Global Transformations with Abigail Boggs, Christine Cynn, Magdalena Grabowska, Maja Horn, and Neha Vora
Digital Engagement in Transnational Feminisms with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh (Zanan TV), Tamura Lomax (The Feminist Wire), Laura Hale (Wikipedia), and Maria-Belén Ordóñez (FemTechNet). Moderated by Catherine Sameh (BCRW)