FiMA 2020: Feminist Revolutions

Join us April 3-5, 2020 for FiMA2, the second Feminist inter/Modernist Association conference, at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, just off the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.

Featuring keynote addresses by:

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

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

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.


Organizing Committee

Melissa Bradshaw (chair)

Sarah Cornish

Erica Delsandro

Meghan Fox

Catherine Hollis

Cecilia Konchar Farr

Jennifer Nesbitt

Erin Kingsley


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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