Feminist Modernist Studies has never felt more important than now. But unfortunately we, the Conference Planning Committee for the Feminist inter/Modernist Association, have faced insurmountable obstacles caused by the pandemic that have forced us to cancel the in-person conference scheduled for April 1-3, 2022. Instead, we are planning a series of virtual feminist academic actions on and around April 2, 2022. With this pivot, we hope to create something new, nimble, and feminist that can meet the membership’s needs at this moment.
The Feminist Precarity Workshop: This free event will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 12:00pm EDT / 9:00am PDT with an expanded theme: “Precarity and the Pandemic.” This hour-long event will provide a (virtual) space in which we can: share stories and support, trade tools and strategies, and, most importantly, cultivate connections during this time of professional precarity and global instability. Our intention: show up how and as you are (anxious, overwhelmed, etc.) and leave feeling buoyed and uplifted by your feminist community.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Special issue of Feminist Modernist Studies: To celebrate the vitality of feminist scholarship amidst the disheartening continued challenges of the pandemic, our award-winning journal, Feminist Modernist Studies, will showcase the work that would have been presented at the FiMA2 conference. A special issue of FMS, tentatively titled “Feminist Publishing Against the Pandemic,” will be an invigorating collection of mini-essays showcasing the multifarious interests of the FiMA community. You may edit and submit your 1200-1500 word paper for potential inclusion in this issue. Email your completed submission including an abstract and a current bio to email@example.com by June 30, 2022.
Collaboration with the Space Between Society: Their 23rd annual in-person conference, Labor in The Space Between, will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, June 2-4, 2022. As an accepted FiMA2 participant, you are invited to present your FiMA2 proposed paper if your individual abstract or panel proposal fits into (or can be lightly revised to fit into) this scope. Please submit your abstract by Friday, February 25th, and indicate that you are a FiMA2 accepted participant in your email. See the email sent to FiMA members on 2/9/2022 for more details.
Collaboration with International Virginia Woolf Conference: The Woolf conference will be held virtually June 9-12, 2022. Send abstracts of 250 words for single papers and 500 words for panels to Virginia.Woolf@lamar.edu by February 15, 2022.
We hope these alternative activities will provide a source of connection for FiMA’s members until we can gather in person again. While we are dismayed to cancel the conference and expect this will come as a disappointment to you, we also know that we are among many organizations that have had plans frustrated by the ongoing pandemic and its broader effects.
We wish you and yours continued health and well being in these precarious times.
The FiMA2 Conference Planning Committee
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