Save the Date: The 2015 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Conference


Everyday Encounters with Violence: Critical feminist perspectives

SAVE THE DATE:  2015 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) Conference

 9th – 11th September 2015

School of Geography, University of Leeds

This three-day conference aims to create an inclusive and supportive space for scholars at all career levels to come together in a supportive environment to engage in critical feminist perspectives on violence. We draw upon a wide definition of violence from sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences, seeing this both as an everyday social force inflicting harm, suffering, grief and trauma and as a transformative force that produces gendered agency, social action and resistance. We will examine violence as embedded in the very fabric of everyday life via gendered encounters with for example – modernity, neoliberalism, sovereign power, rule of law, globalization, technology, as well as institutional, popular and everyday cultures. We foresee a range of different types of sessions fostered in this conference. In addition to traditional plenary and paper sessions, we are looking to include practitioner panels, performative workshops, talking circles and world café style interactions between participants.

A detailed Call for Papers will be announced by early June 2014 where we will announce a range of registration levels along with further information on venue, accommodation and social/networking events. We are keen to ensure that the conference is inclusive and accessible to as wide a variety of people as possible and therefore have included provisions for on-site (subsidized) childcare, a range of accessibility needs and (reduced-rate) virtual attendance. As an FWSA conference we will also be live tweeting and hosting dedicated conference bloggers from the FWSA membership. We are also looking into providing a limited number of travel bursaries for postgraduate students.

Please contact Ayona Datta or Martin Zebracki with expressions of interest in being part of these events and to add your name to our email list when we will circulate information and regular updates related to the conference.

Save the date and do not miss out on this critical, engaging and welcoming event.

Organising Committee

Ayona Datta

Martin Zebracki

Deirdre Conlon

Emma Kerry

With administrative support from

Calum Carson

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