TIME TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO THE ISA Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) PROGRAMME IN NASHVILLE! You may have seen that the call for proposals is now live and the deadline for submissions is June 1, so now is the time to start planning papers, roundtables and panel. Details can be found here https://www.isanet.org/Conferences/ISA2022.  

The theme for this year is “A Wider Discipline for a Smaller World,” and the ISA is actively encouraging papers, panels and roundtables that address how International Studies is transformed by a seemingly smaller, more interconnected and inclusive world. Yet feminisms in their plurality demonstrate the raced, classed and gendered distances and lines of global separation are at a critical conjuncture. We are arguably at a moment of political, theoretical and ethical collective choices and (im)possibilities: in which a politics of life, lives well lived which is feminised/ist, decolonised and pluridiverse is an increasingly necessary demand and prefigurative emergence that requires both engagement and nurturing.  

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section takes this political-theoretical conjuncture seriously. We invite proposals speaking to the questions below, and any others that are emergent from feminist and gender theory scholars across our Section and broader Association. These questions include:  

What are feminist analyses of the current global conjuncture? How do gender, sexuality, class and/or race intersections produce seemingly virtual closeness yet increasingly violent material, political and epistemological distances, fissures and enclosures?  

What are feminist visions and futurities of post-Covid worlds? What do these have to say about intimacy/separation, care/carelessness, belonging/exclusions, sovereignty/biopolitical nonbeing, body/flesh and much more, and what can these visions teach international politics about futurities otherwise?  

How do scholars of feminisms and gender studies respond to the current conjuncture? Do we need to re-think, again, the nature of the feminist scholar and scholarship? How might we re-imagine and re-embody her in feminist decolonising and pluridiverse ways?  

Is Whiteness a problem is feminist theory and gender studies? Whose responsibility is it to decolonise? What does it mean to unlearn Whiteness? How do we think from Black and Indigenous woman/subjectivities?  

​How do we widen the discipline and disciplinarity to increase intersectional women’s, feminised, queer, trans and other marginalised folks epistemological and material visibility in ISA and recognition in the field, or perhaps ability to decentre, disrupt and reimagine the field itself?  

How can our Section in dialogue with other Sections and our collectivities and kinships nurture the visibility and voice of feminised and intersectional women subjects and communities in international relations and international politics, especially those challenging restrictive, dominant and disavowing discourse via anti-racist, post/anti/de/colonial queer, and Indigenous feminist approaches, subjects and communities often situated in the South? 

How do we widen the field beyond its present exclusions and erasures, especially in terms of knowledge production and the politics of knowledge in International Studies?

How do we localize, pluralise and recognize Indigenous knowledge(s) and wisdom(s) as central to our purview of the “international”, what counts for “scholarship” and who is the feminist scholar?
How is the local globalized, the global localized?  What new and transformative knowledges are produced by crossing boundaries in material, geographic and epistemological terms?

Where is the local located in our interconnected pandemic world? What new questions can feminist transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches ask, and how can everyday embodied life(worlds) have impact on how we think about International Relations?  

We invite proposals for panels and roundtables on topics relevant to the theme, both in the sense of a smaller world, a wider discipline and a more expansive understanding. While we encourage FTGS panels that specifically address the conference theme, this is not a requirement.   The ISA is also accepting some specialty proposals for a limited number of innovative panels, non-English language roundtables, research workshops and career courses (see here: https://www.isanet.org/Conferences/Special-Convention-Programs).  

It is not known at this time if ISA will be held in person, virtually or in a hybrid form. We encourage you to think about geographical diversity to enact the very principle of inclusivity the theme points to.   We are also looking to co-sponsor panels with other Sections to maximise our presence and the depth of our reach and co-learnings: please do indicate your co-sponsorship preferences when submitting as it is likely to enhance the possibility of getting on to the program as well as enhancing our links with other elements of ISA.  

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact FTGS Program Co-Chairs:   Sara C. Motta (sara.c.motta@newcastle.edu.au) Theresa de Langis (Theresa.delangis@gmail.com)

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