Critical Border Crossings: Stories and Texts and Their Feminist Travels

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Critical Border Crossings: Stories and Texts and Their Feminist Travels
Friday, November 6, 1:00-4:30 p.m. EST
Stories, in published and oral forms, have the capacity to create and reinforce norms while also nurturing resistance to injustice or gestating a more equitable world. This symposium highlights stories and texts across a range of forms and genres, exploring the relationship between their movement from person to person, context to context, culture to culture as well as their role building communities and relationships. Foregrounding processes of circulation and transmission also invites us to consider the forces that enable some ideas to traverse literal and metaphorical borders while also keeping others “in place.”
In this two-panel symposium, panelists explore traditional and indigenous stories, mass-market fiction, scholarly work, and ephemera to illuminate the politics and processes of storytelling and publishing. The first panel, “Publishing Travels” (1:15-2:30 EST) illuminates the interactive relationship between texts and borders, form and content, process and product. The second panel, “Storytelling Moving Within and Across Borders” (2:45-4:00 EST)  bridges art and performance to analyze the varied materials and practices that hold, communicate, preserve, and amplify stories.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required:

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