CfP: Queering the Waves, or Generations, of Feminism(s) (Event, 03/2014, NC); DL: 27.10.2013

The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference 2014: „The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of Feminism“ (Web)

Venue: The University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC 28403
Time: Thursday, March 27-Saturday, March 29, 2014
New Deadline for LGTBQ Caucus Panel: October 27, 2013

Questions about the usefulness of the “wave metaphor” have emerged alongside critiques of prevailing generational terminology. Some call for the demise of this conceptual apparatus, given the impossibility of capturing the complexities of feminist politics, scholarship, and activism. As a sub-theme to the general conference theme, “The Ebb and Flow of Feminism,” SEWSA’s LGBTQ Caucus invites papers that challenge the integrity of the wave metaphor and engage in the project of queering the generations of feminism.

Papers that critically question, problematize, or queer the waves, or generations, of feminism(s) may explore topics, such as (but not limited to):

  • Methodological and Interpretative Dilemmas (of retaining or abandoning the language of waves/generations or the habits of traditional historiography)
  • “Wave Trouble” (Making „wave trouble“ an intrinsic part of discussions of the past, present, and future of WGS and/or feminist thought/scholarship, politics, and action; challenging dominant models of temporality, spatiality, intellectual influence, etc.)
  • Les-Bi-Gay, Queer, Asexual, Trans, and/or Intersex Subjects and the Waves
  • Crip Feminist Readings of Waves/Generations
  • Repro-narratives and the Language of Kinship: Queer and Black Feminist Perspectives
  • Radio Waves vs. the Ebb and Flow of Oceanographic Waves

Successful abstracts (250-300 words) will situate the particular issue at hand within Women’s and Gender Studies controversies and debates and draw from relevant sources to contextualize the proposed critical analysis. Abstracts should be submitted, along with a 100-word bio, complete with author’s name and institutional affiliation, by October 27, 2013 to: the LGBTQ Caucus Chair, Dr. Jennifer Purvis, at with the subject line: “SEWSA LGBTQ 2014.”

For more information about the conference, see the conference website at (Web)

Dr. Jennifer Purvis
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Feminist Theory and Philosophy
Department of Gender and Race Studies
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0272
(205) 348-3315


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