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2017 Feast Conference

The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Feminist Philosophy

Oct. 5 - 8, 2017
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

To register at the special conference rate, go to Sheraton Sand Key Resort or you may call (727) 595-1611 and identify yourself as part of FEAST (reservation code FJ01AA). This rate is good through 5:00 pm EST September 4 as long as rooms are available.
Register by Monday, September 4, 2017 to take advantage of the early registration discount. The final day for online registration will be Thursday, September 28, 2017.
The link to the left is to the most recent (but as of yet incomplete) draft of program. You an also download it in the form of a Word document here.
  • Keynote, Featured, and Invited Sessions

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    Keynote speakers:

    Dr. Kim Anderson will speak about, “Affirmations of an Indigenous Feminist: Motherhood, Masculinities, Re-Queering, More.” Dr. Anderson has posted "Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism and Culture" in anticipation of her talk.

    Kim Anderson is an Associate Professor teaching Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario. As an Indigenous (Metis) scholar, Anderson has spent her career working to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous families in Canada. Much of her research is community partnered and has involved gender and Indigeneity, urban Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous masculinities, and the convergence of Indigenous knowledge and water infrastructure engineering. Her single-authored books include A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood (2nd Edition, 2016) and Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings and Story Medicine (2011). Recent co-edited books include Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration (with Robert Alexander Innes, University of Manitoba Press, 2015), Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and Recovery (with Dawn Lavell-Harvard, 2014) and Kētsānawak eskwewak, Our Sisters: Walking with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited Peoples (with Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt, forthcoming).

    Dr. Bonita Lawrence, talk title TBA. Dr. Lawrence has posted "Regulating Native Identity by Gender" in anticipation of her talk.

    Associate Professor in Department of Equity Studies, York University. Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. She is a founding member of the undergraduate program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity (now Multicultural and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Equity Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario (UBC Press, 2012) and "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004).

    Invited Panels

    • Decolonizing Feminism: Theories and Praxis
    • Teaching Indigenous Philosophy

  • This Year's Theme

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    Feminist philosophy has had a legacy of expressing concern for diverse claims of minority groups, including indigenous people while at the same time being ignorant of philosophy’s role in perpetuating colonial domination within philosophical scholarship or activist pursuits. This year’s conference theme aims to cultivate and encourage more feminist theorizing related to indigenous philosophies and decolonizing methodologies. How might feminist work be transformed through indigenous thought and encounters with indigenous concerns? How are concepts of identity, gender roles, reparations, nations/national sovereignty, property, marriage, community, nature/culture, environment, and sustainability challenged or enriched by indigenous ideas and philosophies? We also invite indigenous and decolonial engagements with human rights discourses.

    While feminist theorizing has been useful in bringing to light indigenous concerns, how might feminist philosophy become more of a discipline that is transformed through indigenous philosophy? How might projects of decolonization shift through an indigenous feminist philosophy? Decolonization (and colonization) projects take place in a variety of contexts/areas: geographical, psychological, epistemological, ethical, social and political, educational and pedagogical. How can feminists working in the areas of ethics and social theory engage in projects of decolonization in these areas? How can feminist philosophers contribute productively to both practical and theoretical projects of decolonization?

    This year’s FEAST conference invites submissions that take up feminist philosophy in relation to indigenous thought and decolonizing methods. We welcome papers that take both theoretical and practical approaches to these issues and related issues in feminist ethics, epistemology, political and social theory more broadly construed. 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.

    Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to:

    • Challenges to sovereignty understood as a nation-building concept
    • Reconceiving empowerment within indigenous communities
    • Gender and sexual differences within indigenous communities, including the idea of gender complementarity versus gender equality
    • Intersectionality within indigenous communities: race, gender, sexuality, class, post-colonial
    • Indigenous trans/queer identities: two-spirit, fa’afafine, mahoo, etc.
    • Indigenous feminist critiques of feminist philosophy
    • Cultural appropriation and the problems of feminists “going native”
    • Ecofeminism and indigenous philosophy/ecofeminist indigenous philosophy
    • Women and gender in indigenous cosmological thought
    • What is indigenous, indigeneity, or native?
    • Reparations
    • Indigenous conceptions of education and feminist pedagogy
    • Indigenous intellectual sovereignty and/or intellectual exploitation (such as bio-piracy)
    • Human rights and indigenous peoples and philosophies

  • Call for Abstracts: Difficult Conversations

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    A signature event of FEAST conferences is a lunch-time “Difficult Conversation” that focuses on an important, challenging, and under-theorized topic related to feminist ethics or social theory.

    In keeping with this year’s theme of Indigenizing Feminist Philosophy, this year our topic for the difficult conversation panel is Cultural Appropriation in Feminist Scholarship. This conversation hopes to provide an environment conducive to dialogue for and among native and non-native, women of color and white academics concerning the harms produced by practices of cultural appropriation in feminist scholarship. We hope that we can openly discuss the concerns of exclusion among native feminist scholars in philosophy and culturally appropriate practices in utilizing indigenous thought in feminist philosophy.

    We are soliciting abstracts (see below) that address, in both North American and transnational contexts; the ethics of responsible scholarship, concrete experiences of the difficulties and limits of cultural appropriation of indigenous thought from both native and non-native perspectives; cross-cultural pursuits in scholarship; strategies for being a culturally competent scholar when addressing indigenous thought; well-intentioned but misplaced pedagogical and scholarly strategies; strategies in decolonizing feminist philosophy; and effective activism that does not undermine indigenous concerns.

  • Submission Guidelines

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    Please send your submission, in one document (a Word file, please, so that abstracts can be posted), to by February 28, 2017. In the body of the email message, please include:

    • Your paper or panel title,
    • Your name,
    • Your institutional affiliation,
    • Your e-mail address,
    • Your surface mail address, and
    • Your phone number.

    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.


    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:

    Questions on this conference or the submission process may be directed to the Program Chairs, Celia Bardwell-Jones ( and/or Margaret McLaren (
  • FEAST 2017 Accessibility Guidelines

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    Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) Conference October 5-8, 2017
    at Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, FL

    (Download these guidelines:
    PDF or Word here.)

    Transportation: Supershuttle, a shared van service, offers round-trip rides from/to Tampa International Airport (TPA) to the conference hotel for $46.00 (not including gratuity). It is possible to make a reservation on-line at Wheelchair-accessible vans are available, and there is an option to request this on-line. If you plan to have Supershuttle transport a manual wheelchair, and you do not need a wheelchair lift, I would recommend calling 1-800-BLUE-VAN to convey this information.

    Lyft and Uber are both available in this area.

    The estimated fare for a one-way trip via taxi from TPA to the conference hotel is approximately $70 (including 15% gratuity).

    Sheraton Sand Key Resort:
    Hotel rooms: There are accessible rooms with the following features:
    • Roll-in shower or bathtub with grab bars
      • Portable tub seats
      • Portable communications kits containing visual alarms & notification devices
      • Mobility-accessible doors with at least 32 inches of clear door width
      • TTY (Text Telephone Device)
      • Televisions with closed captioning

    Wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms will be available on the first floor. Since the hotel does not ordinarily have a designated gender-neutral bathroom, they have agreed to provide access to a bathroom in a hotel room on the first floor.

    Hotel restaurants: There are three restaurants in the hotel as well as a poolside café and bar. Here is a link to the page the describes these options: The Island Grille, which offers sandwiches, salads, and soup is the least expensive of the hotel restaurants. Here is a link to the menu at Rusty's Bistro (the only menu I could find on-line):

    Conference rooms/presentations:
    Lighting: There will not be incandescent lights in the conference rooms where sessions will be held. We will also have lamps with LED bulbs. It is important that the lighting is not altered suddenly (light switches being turned on or off) because this creates an unsafe environment for some conference participants.

    PowerPoints: Since projection makes presentations inaccessible for some conference participants, we have decided that we will not use PowerPoint or other means of presentation that require projection. In many cases, printed handouts work just as well to convey main points.

    Papers: Please have printed copies of your paper with 12 point and 18 point font available at the beginning of your presentation so audience members can follow along if this is helpful to them. (In the past, it has been possible to print papers at the hotel. I expect this will be the case this year as well.)

    If you have any questions related to accessibility, please contact Christine Wieseler at You may also direct questions about accessibility to the hotel at 1-727-595-1611.

    This is my first attempt at developing accessibility information and guidelines, so it is likely that there are things I have left out that matter. If you have suggestions for additions or changes for the next version, please let me know.
    submissions will be anonymously reviewed.

Many thanks to program chairs:
Margaret McLaren and Celia Bardwell-Jones

Don't miss the Keynote Readings:
For Dr. Anderson and for Dr. Lawrence

Through meetings, publications, and projects, we hope to increase the visibility and influence of feminist theory.

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