Feminist Critical Analysis
Inter-University Center (IUC), Dubrovnik
May 24th to May 28th 2021
Call for Applications
The Center for Women’s Studies, Belgrade
The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers,
the State University of New Jersey
The Faculty of Media and Communication of the Singidunum University of Belgrade
are pleased to announce the next annual postgraduate course in
Feminist Critical Analysis:
Feminism and the Left - Other Histories, Other Futures
The crisis caused by the global pandemic has completely stripped bare the mechanisms of previous social inequalities. Women were (and are) on the front lines, both at home and at work. This is especially true of migrant women, trans women, and women from BIPOC communities, precarious workers, women of all generations, essential workers, and women from countries devastated by a colonial past and pressured by neoliberal colonial practices today. In addition to the health crisis, the economic crisis is only beginning, while the consequences of the ecological crisis are inconceivable.
How can we offer an alternative to this dystopian scenario? What can feminism and the left learn from their common past in order to open up possibilities for different futures?
The relationship between feminism and the left has never been simple – initially, feminism was rejected as „bourgeois”, then the theory and practice of the “women’s question” was developed as merely one of many questions subsumed within a wider communist struggle, while second wave feminists experienced disappointment and rejection because of their comrades’ misogyny, all the way to the present moment when, it seems, feminism is readily accepted as an ally and often forerunner of leftist movements.
In this course, we will explore meeting points and reasons for divergence in the fight for women’s emancipation and workers’ struggles. Also, we will be interested in speaking about diverse feminisms and the ways in which they have responded to these challenges, whether Marxist, socialist, materialist, or feminism for the 99%.
Additionally, this relationship is complicated when one takes into account various historical, spatial, racial and gender perspectives. How can we speak of the relationship between feminism and the left outside of dominant, western, white, heterosexual narratives? What can we learn from the experiences of women’s emancipation in the Non-Aligned Movement or countries belonging to the Eastern bloc? In which ways did BIPOC and Third World Feminists work together with leftist movements against racism? Where are the connections between the queer movement and the left? What did the confluence of women’s and leftist struggles in Latin America mean for women? How are ecological struggles of indigenous communities connecting with global feminist and leftist efforts to foster solidarity?
Is it possible and what would it look like to lay the foundations for an international leftist feminism? How can we simultaneously take into account the local context as well as the global flow of neoliberal capitalism? What are the methods for building connections, resistances, and solidarities in the context of dominant rightwing policies and increasing violence across the world?
The challenge is to conceptualize the relationship between feminism and the left as dynamic and open, while simultaneously interwoven with related questions regarding race, gender, ableism, and all other forms of inequality. We are interested in a critical view of both past experiences as well as radical demands for future societies that will be ecologically sustainable and based on complete social emancipation.
CONCERNING THE COURSE
The course is built on the intellectual dialogue among a diverse body of scholars from different geographical locations and the participating faculty is drawn from different institutions. The program is conducted in English.
The course is co-directed by Professor Dasa Duhacek, Center for Women’s Studies, Professor Ethel Brooks, Rutgers University, and Professor Jelisaveta Blagojevic, Singidunum University.
Key note: Professor Zillah Eisenstein
The course will be held at the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik (www.iuc.hr) from May 24h to May 28th 2021and it will also be organized online. The possibility of parallel presence at IUC, in Dubrovnik will be decided depending on the situation concerning Covid 19.
ELIGIBILITY AND FEES
IUC courses are conducted at a postgraduate level. Candidates with a graduate degree and/or current postgraduate students interested in the topic may apply for participation.
There is no course fee. However, participants are expected to cover the IUC registration fee (25 EUR for online participation). If present at IUC this registration is 50 EUR, as well as expenses of travel and accommodation. Unfortunately, the organizing institutions are not in the position to offer any financial assistance.
A short narrative (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the topic and your CV with your current complete contact information should be submitted by e-mail.
Final deadline for applications is March 30th.
*The Center for Women's Studies is supported by an Institutional grant within the project ACT - for active citizenship, from SDC/Civic initiatives.