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Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities Call for Papers

Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities (CGFS)

University College Dublin, Ireland


Thinking Gender Justice


1st Annual CGFS Conference

Sutherland BuildingUniversity College Dublin, 23rd-25th May 2018

Emerging feminisms and gender studies have over the last decade and more placed an increased emphasis on an understanding of social relationships, power structures and social change through the intersections of race, class, gender and sexualities. The core question now is how can feminism and gender studies continue to offer critical insights and understandings in the context of the rise of the right, new nationalisms and the growing ethnic, class, gender and religious conflicts, within and between nations-States? And how can gender studies and feminism contribute to current discourses on power (both historical and current), strategies of resistance and formations of solidarity? What kind of space do identity politics and intersectionality occupy in political action? Who gets to frame the language and the scope of debate within feminism, gender and queer studies? How are southern theories and decolonial praxis changing the academy? How does representation in popular culture, media, digital culture, literature and other forms of cultural practice and production promote or challenge forms of gender justice and injustice? What can we learn for the present and future from subjugated histories, including the histories of women’s struggles and histories of conflict and subordination between women? The aim of this conference is to reflect on these and related questions from a range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary fields, and from the perspective of those active and committed to creating the conditions for change in Ireland and globally.

This Conference is the First Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender, Feminism and Sexualities (CGFS), University College Dublin which brings together activists, artists and academics, and draws on transdisciplinary perspectives in feminism and gender studies.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Harsha Walia, activist, writer, and popular educator and author of Undoing Border Imperialismand Professor Inderpal Grewal, Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University and author most recently of Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First Century America (2017)

 PROGRAMME (Subject to update)

Please make a special note of the following exciting plenary sessions at the Thinking Gender Justice Conference - latest programme details are attached.
Tuesday 22nd May
2.-3.30pm   PLENARY SESSION with Professor INDERPAL GREWAL  
Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University and author most recently of Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First Century America (2017).      Chair:  Jorie Lagerway 
Author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013) anti racis
4.00-5.30pm    PLENARY PANEL Media, Censorship, Repeal the 8th and Reproductive Justice        Chair: Ursula Barry
Panelists: Journalists broadcasters and activists
Kitty Holland
Susan McKay
Justine McCarthy
Una Mullally
Dil Wickremasinghe
Wednesday 23rd May
2.15-3.45pm  PLENARY PANEL Feminist Activism, Repeal the 8th and Reproductive Justice in Ireland        Chair: Aideen Quilty 
Panelists: Activists and and Creative Artists
Sinead Mulcahy
Mairead Enright
Anna Cosgrave
Eileen Flynn
Emily Waszak
Claire Brophy
Anti-Oppressive Feminists and Solidarities   
Author of Undoing Border Imperialisms (2013) anti-racist and feminist activist Harsha Walia will be reflecting on the state of the feminist movement. What are the strategies to strengthen our understanding of liberatory feminisms while interrogating anti-feminist feminism? How can feminism become a movement of expansive solidarities that centres on the experiences of women of colour, low income women and migrant women resisting state violence and capitalism?      Chair: Anne Mulhall  
Thursday 25th May
2.00pm to 3.30pm       PLENARY SESSION with BRIGID QUILLIGAN
Traveller activist and advocate for Travellers and women's human rights, former Director of Irish Travellers Movement, Manager of Kerry Travellers Health and Community Development Project.
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