Social Change in a Feminist Perspective :
Situating Gender Research in Times of Political Contention
15-18 June 2022, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
The contribution of feminist, transfeminist and lgbtqia+ reflections − thanks to their intersectional perspective − is capable to enrich and invest the central themes of social transformations, offering spaces for new alliances in cultural and political struggles. Additionally, social change is a complex enterprise that can be approached only through a multidisciplinary and intersectional prism, and feminisms teach us precisely how to combine different approaches, methodologies and practices to understand such complexity and to produce change.
The current pandemic crisis is bringing to light the unsustainable and deadly contradictions of the socio-economic and environmental system in which we live, both at the global and at the local level. Around us we see polarized responses : heightened individualism, a refuge in populisms, new policies of control of bodies, borders and territories, attacks on rights and delegitimization of social justice demands, backlash in the cultural and social − but also self-organized solidarity and mutualism from below, and a widespread rethinking of existential and collective priorities. In this situation, which responses can be advanced from feminist and intersectional standpoints ?
In the current highly mediated context who / from where / through which languages participate in the production of knowledge that contributes to shaping livable spaces ? What does it mean to imagine, to enact and to analyse “social change” from a feminist perspective ?
How does a feminist social and political agenda look like, in a time of growing inequalities, of dramatic environmental crisis, and of general backlash on sexual and reproductive rights ? What are the new struggles which feminist knowledge has to face, and which methods are more suitable to confront them ?
A wide range of research topics and methodologies can be addressed under the broad theme of a critical approach to social change. We invite contributions from any discipline and are open to a diverse array of feminist, intersectional, gender, queer and postcolonial approaches.
There are ten thematic streams with individual Call for Papers, which can be found by clicking on the following links.
We kindly ask you to submit your abstract to one of the following streams :
For more information and to submit your abstract, please visit our website : https://11efrc.unimib.it/
Deadline for abstract submission : 21 November 2021