Feminist inter/Modernist Association

FiMA2: Feminist Revolutions, Rescheduled for Chicago, April 1-3, 2022

We are so pleased to announce that FiMA2: Feminist Revolutions has been rescheduled for April 1-3, 2022 at Loyola University Chicago.

Everyone currently on the program will be automatically rolled over to next year. While we work to get you new details on housing options and special events, please take a moment to fill out this survey letting us know if you still plan to participate. If you previously received a refund but would still like to participate, you may. We’ll send an announcement when registration re-opens in early 2022.

We understand that many of you have published your proposed work or may be working on something entirely different. We welcome you to present from published work. If you’d like to present new research or change your paper’s original title, you are invited to do so. Please send us an abstract for new papers or a title change by January 10, 2022 to feministintermodernist@gmail.com. We’ll send out a reminder for this deadline in fall 2021.

We are grateful for your support of FiMA2; as you know, we received many more proposals than we could accept. We are excited about the work you are all doing and proud to have had the opportunity to spend time with your ideas as we put the conference together. We hope that you can join us next April in Chicago.

Take good care,

Melissa Bradshaw and Sarah Cornish
with The Feminist inter/Modernist Association conference organizing committee


Taxi/Ride Share

A taxi from Midway costs about $30, from O’Hare about $45. Ride shares are allowed at both airports–locations and directions in terminals. Ride shares typically cost about $40+ from either airport.

Public Transit

The Water Tower Campus (WTC) is around the corner from the CTA Red Line – Chicago station at 25 E. Pearson St.

From Midway: Take the Orange Line to Roosevelt, switch to the Red Line, northbound toward Howard, exit at the Chicago station.

From O’Hare: Take the Blue Line to Jackson, transfer to the Red Line (you will walk through a tunnel to get from Blue to Red Line) exit at the Chicago station.

To plan your trip to campus and for maps of CTA train and bus lines please visit:  www.transitchicago.com

Water Tower Campus Parking

Loyola does not own or control any visitor parking facilities near the Water Tower Campus, though there are several parking options nearby.

For more information on parking at WTC, click here.

FiMA 2

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

April 1-3, 2022

Loyola University Chicago

Proposals were due in 2019. If you were accepted to the conference and would like to present new research or change your paper’s original title, you are invited to do so. Please send an abstract for new papers or a title change by January 10, 2022 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.