Transnational Feminisms conference: call for contributions

The Transnational Feminisms Conference will take plase at the University of Manchester

on 4-5 December 2009 (with associated activities on 6 December):

Drawing on the impact of postcolonial feminism and its enactments, this conference will examine how women are affected by political systems in a global climate, how feminism translates and moves across borders, and how feminism can be utilised as a methodology for understanding the transnational context.

Here the transnational is understood to be a complication of notions of the ‘elsewhere’, highlighting the challenges of fluidity, movement and instability whilst also paying close attention to locatedness. This is a feminism that is engaged with the woman-as-subject without making universalising claims regarding women’s experience; it both considers how gender operates and critiques categorisation.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the vitality of feminist interdisciplinarity as it pertains to the transnational, providing space for these debates to come together, creating an interrogation of transnational feminist theory and practice from academic, activist and artistic standpoints.

The conference will also engage with ideas of transnational feminism through workshops, exhibitions and a history walk. We welcome contributions from academics, postgraduates, activists and artists.

Keynote Speakers:

Doctor Anne-Marie Fortier (University of Lancaster)

Professor Gabriele Griffin (University of York)


Contributions may take the form of papers, workshops, exhibitions or reading group style discussions, amongst others. Paper presentations will consist of panels of 3 x 20 minute papers.

Topics might include:

Global markets of cultural production

Religion and the nation state

Belonging and home

Feminism and neo-colonialism

Diaspora and migration

The international as the popular

Historical moments of transnational feminism

The struggle for, and violence of, borders

Postcolonial/queer intersections

Feminism and gender in a wider global political debate

Sites and voices of privilege

Historicisation and genealogies


Cultural and textual translations


Feminist anti-racism

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short biography by Friday August 28th to transfem09[at]

Conference website here.

All enquiries to transfem09[at]