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Call for Papers – Fueling Feminist Futures

January 10


Call for Papers: Fueling Feminist Futures

2nd Annual CSU Wide Research Conference on Gender, Race, and Sexuality
Hosted by the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department
California State University, Long Beach
March 27th, 2020


From the militarization of the US-Mexico border
to the extermination of the Amazonian ecosystem,
we find ourselves in a dismal political and ecological climate
categorized by violent rhetoric, warfare, and closed borders,
a landscape broken by boundaries and binaries.
The distances refugees travel to escape ammunition
stretch across the colonized world—a world
constructed by hands of low-wage workers
met with more violence at arbitrary gates.
The efforts of war and capitalist exploitation
keep those labeled “them” on the other side
so we cannot see our reflections in each others’ eyes.
As these disasters span the globe,
urgency boils in our hearts and minds.
We seek critical perspectives that orient themselves
toward horizons fueled by radical futures.
Building with scholars and activists that have come before,
we invite you to share your vision of the feminist future you wish to cultivate.
Our call for papers is a call to action.
We invite you to share your insights, ideas, and inspirations.
We invite you to ignite the feminist future by participating in the
2nd Annual CSU Gender, Race, and Sexualities Studies Undergraduate Conference.

Our embodied experiences teach us something about the political world. Building from the insistence of women of color feminism that ‘the personal is political and the political is personal’, our conference will attend to the ways our work and lives are always already intertwined. Engaging in feminist praxis deepens our commitments to our research, communities, and futures. Our visions and commitments cannot be built alone. We invite you to join us in rethinking feminist life beyond the confines of a hierarchical society that seeks to manage our bodies, politics, and lives.

Considering the overlapping of gender, race and sexuality that figures into our conference theme, here are some questions to fuel your thinking: what vision of a future world are you cultivating? What foundational concepts and potential desires make up this future world? What critical epistemologies do you prioritize in your research, communities, and futures? What sustains this world? What is your fuel?

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach, will host the 2nd CSU Gender, Race, and Sexualities Undergraduate conference on March 27th, 2020. Our submission site will open on Friday, November 15, 2019. The deadline for abstracts is January 10, 2020. Participants will be notified by February 7, 2020.

Submissions may be research papers or presentations. Visual art submissions such as film, photography, painting, zines, and written or spoken word are welcome. Your brief abstract (250 words) should explain how your work is relevant to the conference themes. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Abolition/Transformative Justice
  • Sustainability/Environmental Justice
  • Queer and Trans* identities and frameworks
  • Visual Studies
  • Community/Coalition building
  • Imperialism/Colonialism
  • Healing Justice
  • Body Image and Politics
  • Indigenous Rights/Sovereignty
  • Transnational Feminism and Globalization
  • Immigration
  • Disability Studies
  • Food Justice
  • Anti-racism
  • Political Economy and Capitalism
  • Social and Political Movements
  • Intersectionality and Feminist Theorizing
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Sex & Desire
  • Authoritarianism
  • Performance Studies

This conference has been made possible with generous support from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

For accommodations contact: fuelingfeministfutures.@gmail.com

For other information, please go to: fuelingfeministfutures.com


January 10