Friday, April 25, 2008

Crosscurrents in Feminism: Building Coalitions, Sharing Knowledges and Pedagogies, Shaping Networks

Crosscurrents in Feminism: Building Coalitions, Sharing Knowledges and Pedagogies, Shaping Networks
CCCC Feminism Workshop; San Francisco
Workshop: Wednesday March 11th, 2009
CCCC Conference
March 11th-14th

Description of Workshop:

The 2002 anthology Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic Discourse suggests that the divide that has persisted in feminist scholarship between activism and intellectualism results from divergent ways of defining change-- change as something to be debated or shaped. These discussions have often highlighted the disjuncture between various feminist groups and forms of feminism within the academy, as well as the uneasy relationship between academics and activism. Such disjunctures, however, are also productive and can signal the ways in which academia and the community might continue to dialogue.

This workshop seeks to analyze these disjunctures as productive difference and to interrogate their implications in the creation of feminist coalitions, pedagogies, and mentorships. We would like to address the theoretical and practical roles of feminists in the academic community in shaping feminism's dedication to change-- as a movement and a discourse-- that crosses and negotiates the currents of difference.

Additionally, this workshop asks participants to frame and respond to questions such as the following:

- What are the bases for coalitions between academic feminists and feminist community activists, artists, or workers?

- What coalitions seem to be lacking in academic feminist communities?

- What are the effects of conflicts within feminist academic communities--i.e. the Andrea Smith tenure case at Michigan--on feminism as a social movement?

- How do conflicts or coalitions within online communities affect the "real world" structures of feminism, in the academy or in other contexts?

- What political issues not historically identified with feminism--i.e. immigration, security issues, environmentalism--have feminists been contributing to in productive ways?

- In what ways have these movements offered alternative models for coalition-building?

- Which issues are feminist communities overlooking or not doing enough to address?

- Is feminist pedagogy a form of feminist activism?

- If feminist pedagogy is a form of activism, what kinds of practices do people use in their classrooms or in their writing?

- How can feminist mentorship facilitate feminist coalitions and activism?

This workshop will be divided into three interconnected parts.

* Part One: Currents*
Part One will explore the work of women of color and academic-activists working in our current political climate. This panel will feature the voices of academics and activists, discussing feminist-activist research and methods, activist projects, and collaborative community and coalition work. This portion will involve interactive discussion and multimedia presentations.

Part Two: Pedagogies*
Part Two will be an interactive portion as well, where participants will share feminist knowledges and pedagogies. This part will consist of brief presentations by participants, who will discuss their classroom practices and rationales specifically. Every participant will bring handouts on syllabi, activities, and assignments. All workshop participants will brainstorm pedagogical choices and methods. Some activities in this portion will be roundtable discussions and some large group discussions. Multimedia and creative presentation formats are highly encouraged. We will collaborate on creating an online archive resource for these materials, from which there will be a publishing opportunity in a peer-reviewed pedagogy journal.

Part Three: Coalitions*
Part Three will discuss coalitions and mentorship in academia and in the community, particularly for underrepresented groups. This interactive portion will involve prominent academic-activists discussing successful examples of coalition building and mentorship. All speakers and participants will explore advantages and obstacles to mentorship in large and small group
discussions, as well as brainstorm techniques for successful local and national, feminist coalition building.

* Publication:*
As was outlined briefly in Part Two, there will be opportunities to publish the pedagogical materials submitted, brainstormed, and collaboratively created in this workshop to an online archive and/or a special issue of a peer-reviewed pedagogy journal.

* Requirements/Submission Guidelines:*
We invite proposals for brief presentations (6-9 minutes), to be included in Part One or Part Two. Presentations outside of the traditional paper format (multimedia, performative reading, interactive, etc.) are especially welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than one double-spaced page to by *April 30, 2008*.

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