Bonnie Thornton Dill NWSA President 2010-2012 Professor and Chair Department of Women's Studies Founding Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity University of Maryland.
Nikol Alexander-Floyd Associate Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University. Co-Founder, Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics.
Feminist Transformations will extend the conversations begun in the past two years by the NWSA on "Difficult Dialogues" by exploring how we as feminists and women's studies scholars are transforming the academy-even as it experiences its own transformation-and how it has also transformed us; how we understand and assess the limitations and inroads we have made in transforming our relationship to traditional disciplines; and how we continue the struggle to make social justice a central aim of our scholarship and a core value of this society.
The conference explores a central question: how are we transforming thinking about social change, social movements, knowledge production and agency and how are these shifts transforming our thinking? Moreover in doing so, it seeks to provide a forum for examining how women's studies as a field and feminist theorizing as an analytical approach are being transformed through practices that center the ideas and knowledge generated by intersectionality and transnationalism.
NWSA 2011 identifies several thematic areas in which feminist transformations have been particularly relevant and/or require sustained dialogue:
Nomination Deadline for Author Meets Critics Sessions: March 18, 2011
This year we will introduce a new set of featured sessions into the program: Authors Meet Critics sessions will be designed to bring authors of recent books, deemed to be important contributions to the field of women's studies, together with discussants chosen to provide a variety of viewpoints. Two or three such sessions will be included in the program and NWSA members are invited to nominate books published between 2009 and 2011. Both single authored books and edited collections that are the result of collaborative engagement among the contributors will be considered. Only NWSA members may submit nominations; self-nominations and nominations by presses will not be accepted. Members of the 2011 program committee will review the nominations and make selection decisions.
Author Meets Critics Sessions proposals must be submitted via the conference website and include:
Name and affiliation of book author(s)
Rationale for inclusion in the 2011 program, and
Suggestions for critics and session organizer, including background and rationale for inclusion for each person