CfP: Women’s Liberation Movement @ 40: Changes and Continuities (Event: 03/2010, Oxford); DL: 05.02.2010

Bringing together a multiplicity of voices to celebrate 40 years since the first Women’s Liberation conference at Ruskin.

Time: 12-13th March 2010
Place: Ruskin College, Oxford
Deadline: 5th February 2010

More than a retrospective, the aim of this conference is to create a space for debate about the issues facing feminists today and celebration of feminist work. WLM@40 will capture the energy, vibrancy and vision of the first conference, building on the foundations that it laid. The conference will reflect on the historical significance of the 1970 (and later) conferences, share information and skills for contemporary feminist activism, create and celebrate feminist art and look to the future of feminism(s). Speakers will cut across boundaries of age, class, location and sexuality and voices that were originally absent will now be heard.

Respectful of Ruskin’s heritage of activism, the theme of WLM@40 is activism, continuity and changes across borders whether they are generational, spatial or political. We welcome papers that reflect this theme, including but not limited to:

  • Women’s activism and it’s contexts, past and present
  • The relevance of the 1970 conference to feminism(s) today
  • Crossing boundaries and building inclusivity – new voices

The intention of the conference is to be inclusive and participatory and to draw on the wealth of experienced and skills that delegates have to offer. Thus, in addition to the usual presentation of papers, there will be panel and discussion sessions and workshops that will focus on skill building within feminist work.

As such this call for papers is also a call for panel sessions, creative sessions and training/skill sessions.  Please send a Max. 450 word proposal for 20-minute papers or a panel, creative or workshop session outline to by 5th February 2010.  For more information, offers of assistance or any other queries email Louise at the same address.


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