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Themes and Threads

Resistance and Reimagination

Gender, Change, and the Arts

Co-Convened by

UW-Madison’s 4W Initiative: Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World


The UW-System Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium


UW-Madison’s Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Students

April 16-18, 2020

The Pyle Center

UW-Madison Campus


Our plenaries, keynotes, and exhibitions focus on integration of the arts into our work as a path toward knowing, resistance, and imagination. We invite scholars, students, activists, artists, civil society leaders, and all members of the community to submit proposals that consider the arts as a site of inquiry, pedagogical practice, methodology, activism, exploration, and social transformation. This year’s theme encourages a feminist lens to argue against a separation amongst art, politics, activism, and epistemology. With the help of the arts, we can envision how to deconstruct, decolonize, and reimagine life and society. Creative work can be seen as an end in itself and as a feminist tool of inquiry, knowledge production, and critical resistance. How do the arts shape and define engagement with the current social, political, historical, and cultural terrain, particularly within activist and academic circles? How does a feminist and transfeminist art aesthetic expand and complement our work as researchers, writers, educators, and activists? We welcome proposals that consider the arts from a variety of perspectives including, but not limited to: visual arts, performance, photography, creative writing, academic research, feminist pedagogical practices, and digital mediums. We welcome presentations that foreground intersectionality, queer of color critiques, and the creative and imaginative possibilities enacted by queer, crip, Two-Spirit, feminist, trans, indigenous, POC, and other marginalized groups.

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Roundtables, individual papers, panels, healing workshops, art, and performances are encouraged in the following areas:


The conference co-conveners and sponsors are honored to hold

this event under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing, and a Culture of Peace

as part of a global United Nations Platform

on education, science, and culture.