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 Imperialism, Brigid Quilligan, former director of the Irish Traveller Movement and current Manager of the Kerry Travellers’ Health and Community Development Project, and 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)