A Call for Papers from Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University Women's Studies Progam Presents: The 9th Annual Graduate Conference 

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Call for Papers: "Critical Feminist Pedagogies: Toward an Education of Activism"

This conference attempts to detangle the tricky and creative work that is “feminist” education and to bring activists and critical thinkers/educators together to share our visions of feminist pedagogy. We are interested in how you as community activists, students, artists, educators, and future-educators encourage critical thinking and enthusiasm in learners. We want to share our passions, talents, and skills through syllabi, curriculum, and workshops.

We invite individuals, activists, groups, artists, scholars, and educators to submit proposals for panel presentations, roundtable discussions, or artistic performances that address the following questions:

  • Critiques of empowerment as a mode of feminist education
  • What is the relationship between feminist pedagogy and indoctrination? Can consciousness-raising be a form of indoctrination? How would feminist education function beyond consciousness-raising?
  • What makes for strategic feminist practice within a group (beyond sitting in circles and hearing everyone’s voice—what is explicitly/implicitly feminist about this)?
  • To what extent can experience-sharing be productively used in Women’s Studies settings?
  • Access to education as a feminist issue; inclusion/exclusion of certain groups
  • How might intersectionality (race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexuality, ability, environmental issues) be used as a tool for activism or education?
  • How can we continue to challenge the academic industrial complex?
  • What are the tensions between students, students and teachers, academics and grassroots activists and how might these tensions be used pedagogically/productively?
  • Others - You are highly encouraged to come up with your own topic!

Submission must be postmarked by September 1, 2011.  Please submit proposals and supporting materials to:

Women’s Studies Graduate Conference Committee
Women’s Studies Program, EN B 229
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

Contact Information:

Graduate Conference Committee

Women’s Studies Office
(203) 392-6133


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