Conference Themes and Threads
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.
Roundtables, individual papers, panels, workshops, art, and performances will feature the following themes:
- Feminist Pedagogy and the Evolution of Feminist Thought
- Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World (4W): Making Local-to-Global Connections
- Gender, Migration, Identity, and Freedom
- Interrupting Ableism: Perspectives in Disability Justice
- Queer(ing) Praxis, Expressions, and Activism
- Our Bodies, Ourselves: Beyond #MeToo
- Gender and Environmental Justice
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.