CFP: Feminisms and ARTivism in the Americas (20th-21st centuries) – 15th March 2017

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Call for Papers
March 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

International Conference: Call for papers

Feminisms and ARTivism in the Americas (20th-21st centuries)

University of Rouen Normandie (France) – 27/28 September 2017

Women’s movements have a long, diverse history. Yet, the diversity and plurality of these female voices and modes of action have been often occulted. Like in other areas of thought and action, western-centric theories and manifestations have been the most visible. These narratives quickly became universal. Many recognized theorists as well as the periodization of feminism into “waves” relate only to white, upper- and middle-class women.

However, other forms of expression and action have also developed early on. Given the dispersed and multifaceted nature of their forms of action, the theoretical importance of American women of color has been invisible, despite being rich and vigorous. The specificity of counterhegemonic feminisms is due to a unique articulation between theory and praxis. For instance, feminist ARTivists are increasingly expressing their demands across the continent, notably through hip hop or visual arts.

This conference will examine the plurality and the strengths of these movements across the Americas. We invite papers that deal with the specific features of these feminisms and their contribution to the fight against race, gender, sexuality and class oppression. Comparative works are particularly encouraged.

Interested contributors should send abstracts of 300 words along with a short CV to by March 15th, 2017. We welcome proposals for individual papers in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French on the following themes:

- Afro-feminisms

- Feminisms on the Borders

- Decolonial Feminism

- Indigenous activism

- Bodies, arts and action

- Feminisms and direct action

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Full CFP in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French available at:

Contact Info: 

Conference Organisers: Dr. Sandra Gondouin (Université Rouen Normandie), Dr. Anouk Guiné (Université Le Havre Normandie), Dr. Romain Magras (Université Rouen Normandie), Dr. Emanuele de Maupeou (Université Rouen Normandie), Dr. Lissell Quiroz (Université Rouen Normandie), Christelle Gomis (European University Institute)