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2019 Feast Conference

The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Future of Feminist Ethics:
Intersectionality, Epistemology, and Grace


Oct. 3 - 6, 2019
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2019

FEAST encourages submissions related to this year’s theme.  However, papers on all topics within the areas of feminist ethics and social theory are welcome. We will also consider papers outside of traditional philosophical frameworks. Use links to the right to download CFP.
 
CFP with keynote speaker and invited panel information coming soon!

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  • This Year's Theme

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    This will be the 20-year anniversary of FEAST’s proto-conference, Feminist Ethics Revisited, and the 10th official FEAST conference.  What challenges do feminists continue to face and what new challenges have arisen since FEAST first began?  How might “revisiting feminist ethics” at this juncture help feminists to confront those challenges while drawing upon lessons of the past?  We offer the following three terms in the subtitle for this conference as generative areas for reflection for feminist ethics and social theory:  


    Intersectionality

    The term intersectionality identifies a long-standing practice within Black feminist thought of attending to multiple axes of oppression simultaneously.  It is a term that has been utilized in multiple contexts and contested in others. To what extent have all feminists fully responded to the call to think and act with an awareness of how multiple axes of power intersect?  To what extent have feminists failed to do so? How have political action and thought been transformed by analyses that are intersectional? What are some of the obstacles and opportunities for collective feminist action given that feminists are differently positioned in relation to one another along various axes of oppression and privilege?  


    Epistemology

    Feminists have long called attention to the ways in which our political and ethical lives are intertwined with our lives as knowers.  Moreover, feminist thinkers from various disciplines and traditions of thought have analyzed myriad ways in which knowledge production itself can align with or resist oppression.  What sorts of ethical, political, and epistemic questions arise when we practice self-reflexivity, reflecting upon feminist knowledge production and distribution? How do disciplinary demarcations and boundaries direct epistemic attention in some ways and not others?  What are some examples of productive epistemic disruption, intervention, and resistance?


    Grace

    How we navigate and negotiate our relations with others seems to evoke questions about grace in more than one sense of the term.  As beings who live interdependently and who err, we are sometimes generous with others despite their failings and at other times we ourselves may be received with a generosity that is not deserved.  How ought we to think about this sort of grace when relations are already fraught due to axes of dominance and oppression? For example, who is afforded grace and who is not? In a different vein, as feminists we are often trying to occupy spaces in which we are not welcome and to create possibilities that current regimes relentlessly work against.  Given the awkwardness feminist projects may entail, when and how do we maintain grace under pressure, when and how do we sustain it toward those with whom we work in resistance to oppression? What does “maintaining grace” do? And when ought it to be rejected?

    The FEAST program committee seeks papers that engage intersectionally-informed thinking on these and other issues including:

    • Overlaps and interactions between ethics, politics, and epistemology
    • The materiality of ethics and of moral knowing
    • Ongoing disagreements in feminist philosophy concerning, for example:
    • Intersectionality
    • Calling out and calling in
    • Mainstreamed "White Feminism"
    • Interdisciplinarity and/or working across disciplines
    • Where "early" feminist ethics has led us and where we should go from here
    • Relations (ethical/political/epistemic) among differently non-dominantly situated persons
    • Loving perception vs. loving ignorance
    • Epistemic hurdles, but also epistemic gateways, for working intersectionally on particular problems, for example:
    • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
    • Disability/Disabling Institutions and Practices
    • Colonization, Imperialism, and Globalization
    • Speaking for, about, and/or with
    • Grappling with the ways in which vulnerability and privilege can intertwine

  • Submission Guidelines

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    Please send your submission, in one document (a Word file, please, so that abstracts can be posted), to FEAST2019@gmail.com by February 28, 2019. In the body of the email message, please include:

    • Your paper or panel title,
    • Your name,
    • Your institutional affiliation,
    • Your e-mail address,

    All submissions will be anonymously reviewed.

    Individual Papers
    Please submit a completed paper of no more than 3000 words, along with an abstract of 100-250 words, for anonymous review. Your document must include: paper title, abstract of 100-250 words, and your paper, with no identifying information. The word count (max. 3000) should appear on the top of the first page of your paper.

    Panels

    Please clearly mark your submission as a panel submission both in the body of the e-mail and on the submission itself. Your submission should include the panel title and all three abstracts and papers in one document, along with word counts (no more than 3000 for each paper).

    Difficult Conversations and other non-paper submissions (e.g., workshops, discussions, etc.)
    Please submit an abstract with a detailed description (500-750 words).
    Please clearly indicate the type of submission (Difficult Conversation, workshop, roundtable discussion, etc.) both in the body of your e-mail and on the submission itself.

    For more information on FEAST or to see programs from previous conferences, go to:
    http://www.afeast.org

    Questions on this conference or the submission process may be directed to the Program Chairs, Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. (
    gpohlhaus@miamioh.edu) and/or Jeanine Weekes Schroer (jschroer@d.umn.edu).
  • Keynote, Featured, and Invited Sessions

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    Featured FEAST Session:

    This year we will celebrate the work of Dr. Joan Callahan.

Many thanks to program chairs:
Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. and Jeanine Weekes Schroer


The Deadline for the FEAST 2019 is:
February 28, 2019
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