Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association – Interventions

Interventions Symposium
February 7th, 2020

Call for Proposals
Hosted by: The Department of Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association – University of Maryland, College Park

What is feminist theory when we begin with black people, black thought, and black culture at the center of our inquiry? How does this point of departure challenge and expand the parameters of feminism and the field of Women’s Studies?

The fourth biennial Interventions symposium will explore temporality, genealogy, knowledge production, and pedagogical strategy through the lens of Black Feminist Thought. This year’s symposium is concerned with the history and the ongoing legacies of Black feminist knowledge production within the Department of Women’s Studies and the field at large. Through a series of panels, speculative discussions, performances, and film screening, we will ponder and sit with the tensions and possibilities present at this political and historical juncture in the department and field of Women’s Studies. In addition, we find ourselves taking up questions of feminist taxonomy, feminist research methodology, and feminist political work within and beyond the academy. Within these broader conversations, we reach toward and invite critical inquiry regarding the ways that we might center genealogies and geographies of Black feminisms, such as the critical activism of Harriet Tubman in Maryland and beyond, in our departmental self-positioning.

Types of Proposals:
● Individual Papers ● Panels ● Workshops ● Roundtables ● Performance

Subthemes:
● Black Feminisms ● Temporalities ● Embodiment ● Emergent Strategies ● Feminist Research Methodology ● Cultural Studies ● Black Studies ● Black Women’s Studies ● Third World Feminisms ● Digital Humanities ● Feminist Pedagogy ● Performance Studies ● Art ● Field Formation ● Institutional Critique ● Activism and organizing ● Archival Work

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at interventionsUMD@gmail.com
Abstracts should be between 250 – 300 words and the deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 8th by 11:59pm. Please submit through our online form: https://forms.gle/wntSxRSEspKhtPdV6