2017 NWSA Annual Conference : 40 YEARS AFTER COMBAHEE : Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives
November 16-19, 2017 • Baltimore, Maryland, Etats-Unis
The National Women’s Studies Association leads the field of women’s studies in educational and social transformation. Established in 1977, NWSA has more than 2,000 members worldwide. Our annual conference regularly draws more than 1,800 attendees and is the only annual meeting in the US exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship.
NWSA is pleased to announce Angela Davis and Alicia Garza will deliver the keynote address. The welcome and keynote will take place Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7PM at the Baltimore Convention Center.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Angela Davis is an activist, writer, and Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. She is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is entitled Freedom is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Alicia Garza is an organizer, writer, and freedom dreamer living and working in Oakland, CA. She is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. She is also the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, a national organizing project focused on combatting anti-Black state sanctioned violence. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Root 100 2016 list of African American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45, 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award and was featured in the Politico 50 guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.
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NWSA is an organization of feminist scholars and scholar-activists that emerged out of the social movements of the 1960s and 70s. It is fitting then that since our 40th anniversary conference will take place in Baltimore, the site of the massive Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests of 2015, and in the year that marks the 40th anniversary of the Black feminist manifesto, the Combahee River Collective (CRC) statement, that the theme of our annual gathering will be : “40 years after Combahee : Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.”
The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), also referred to as the Black Lives Matter Movement, is a Black-led movement, comprised of multiple organizations, with widespread support in people of color and progressive white communities in the United States as well as internationally. Solidarity actions and delegations have linked M4BL to Palestine, Brazil, Canada, England and South Africa, as well as the immigration rights movement and indigenous and First Nations’ struggles across North America. Significantly, this is the first mass movement with such a broad reach that is being led by young Black feminist organizers, many of them queer and trans. They have reconfigured how we think about race, gender, sexuality, violence, politics, and power in the 21st century.
The question this conference theme poses is how do we make Black lives matter in our own feminist research and praxis and how do we stand in solidarity with the growing and broad-based movement against state, gender-based and other forms of violence ? Under the expansive banner of M4BL, this emerging movement is strengthened by the #SAYHERNAME campaign, which has demanded attention on the Black queer, trans, gender non-conforming, women and intersex people who are also victims of state and gendered violence. M4BL notes in its national platform that it seeks to elevate “the experienced and leadership of the most marginalized Black people, including but not limited to those who are women, queer, trans, femmes, gender nonconforming, Muslim, formerly and currently incarcerated, cash poor and working class, disabled, undocumented, and immigrant.”
M4BL’s vision statement asserts, “patriarchy, exploitative capitalism, militarism, and white supremacy know no borders.” With that principle in mind, we want to make sure that contemporary transnational feminist praxis is as much a part of our program as it was in the 1977 CRC statement and the current praxis of M4BL organizers.