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Feminist Revolutions: Literature, History, Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, 1870-1970

April 3-5, 2020

Loyola University Chicago

Submit proposals of approximately 200 words for individual papers, 500 words for panels and roundtables by July 31, 2019 to feministintermodernist@gmail.com

The Feminist inter/Modernist Association invites paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on topics related to work by and/or about women, gender, and sexuality for our second interdisciplinary conference. Feminist Revolutions is open to a wide range of inquiries from various disciplinary perspectives—art history; race and gender; media and cultural studies; archival studies; digital humanities; literature; and history.

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, we invite papers, panels, and roundtables for a thematic track that critically examines a wide range of issues and concerns associated with the 19th Amendment and its legacy. (See Suggested Topics on Suffrage below.) 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. We encourage both scholarly and pedagogical approaches.

Suggested Topics:

  • Politics, Activism, Organization, Legislature  
  • Literary, Artistic, and Cultural Forms
  • Archiving women/women as archivists
  • History
  • Embodiment/Corporeality (health, reproduction, contraception, surveillance, dis/ability, technology, pleasure)
  • Publishing (newspapers, little magazines, pamphlets, books)
  • Performance (dance, drama, poetry reading, pageantry, street performance, vaudeville)
  • Women in sport (tennis, cycling, mountaineering)
  • Media (photography, film, radio, documentary, visual and plastic arts)
  • Girl Power
  • Ecology
  • Collaborations (friendships, alliances, organizations)
  • Disability (rights, representations)
  • LBTGQ (rights, representations, definitions of)
  • Race (rights, representations, definitions of)
  • Women’s Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Industry
  • Globalization

Suggested Topics on Suffrage and Other Revolutions:

  • The various forms of feminist revolution that contributed to the passage of the 19th Amendment
  • The work of the early 20th century suffragists in shaping the work of second wave feminism and the Civil Rights movement
  • The indispensable roles women of color have played in the history of women’s rights and the subsequent historical erasure of their contributions
  • Women activists building revolutionary alliances across race and class differences
  • Tensions between the ideology of revolution and the practice of revolution
  • Global responses and contributions of working class women to suffrage
  • Archiving suffrage activism
  • Cultural, literary, and artistic representations of suffrage
  • Women in other revolutions (the Russian revolution, workers’ rights, socialist, communist)
  • Women’s liberation movements around the globe

Submit proposals of approximately 200 words for individual papers, 500 words for panels and roundtables by July 15, 2019 to feministintermodernist@gmail.com.


Feminist Modernist Studies Cover

Feminist Modernist Studies Journal

Founding editor, Cassandra Laity, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Click here for the latest update on the 2020 FiMA meeting in Chicago

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.

Schedule

Registration

CFP

$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