FiMA 2020: Feminist Revolutions

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Join us April 3-5, 2020 for FiMA2, Feminist Revolutions: Literature, History, Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, 1870-1970. The second conference of the Feminist inter/Modernist Association takes place at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, just off the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.

Sponsored by Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences, English Department, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, and the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Program.

Featuring keynote addresses by:

Miriam Thaggert, University at Buffalo, author of Images of Black Modernism: Verbal and Visual Strategies of the Harlem Renaissance

“Ladies’ Space: Travel and the Black Female Modern,” Friday, April 3, 6:15 pm

Susan Manning, Northwestern University, author of Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion 

“Women Watching Women Dancing,” Saturday, April 4, 6 pm

Both keynotes will take place in Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611

Opening plenary at the Newberry Library: “Feminist Chicago, Modernist Chicago,” Friday, April 3, 9-10:30 am

Jessica Herzogenrath, Sam Houston State University

Liesl Olson, Newberry Library

Nicole A. Spigner, Northwestern University

Tyler Schmidt, Lehman College, CUNY

Rishona Zimring, Lewis and Clark College


The inter/Modernist period was a time of sweeping feminist revolution, from political revolutions such as suffrage to cultural, artistic, and social revolutions in the U.S., U.K. and worldwide. Our theme of “revolutions” invokes revolutions variously and literally, but also addresses the cycles and circles in feminist thought and practice.

Because the conference coincides with the centenary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in the United States, it will feature a thematic track that critically examines a wide range of issues and concerns associated with the 19th Amendment and its legacy. Histories of suffrage have generally privileged white affluent women, but this conference takes as its starting point the knowledge that all classes, races, and genders labored for the cause. In engaging with a fraught and long history of the fight for suffrage not only in the United States, but worldwide, we hope to complicate our understanding of the multiple narratives that are (or should be) attached to this revolutionary time and beyond.




$175 full-time faculty

$125 contract/renewable/retired faculty and students

FiMA membership: $45 per year/$80 two years, includes subscription to Feminist Modernist Studies

Accomodations and Travel


FiMA 2 Organizing Committee

Melissa Bradshaw (chair)

Sarah Cornish

Erica Delsandro

Meghan Fox

Catherine Hollis

Cecilia Konchar Farr

Jennifer Nesbitt

Erin Kingsley

Photo Credit: “Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion take part in a parade ceremony in honor of Joan d’Arc at the marketplace where she was burned at the stake” (May 27th, 1945) via US National Archives