August 25-28, 2005
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Developments in feminist theory and practice since the late 1980s and 1990s have enabled scholars to recognize how nationality, race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity inform axes of gender differentiation among women as a social class. Despite these interventions, indigenous women and feminist issues remain undertheorized within contemporary feminist critical theory. Although presumed to fall within normative definitions of women of colour and postcolonial feminism, indigenous feminism remains an important site of gender struggle that also engages the crucial issues of cultural identity, nationalism, and decolonization. At the same time, the growing legal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to cultural and political autonomy has made increasingly important questions of indigenous women and their work on behalf of civil rights and sovereignty. With such intersections in mind, we invite paper and round table proposals for an international, interdisciplinary conference focused on indigenous feminism and its defining goals and features. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
Papers will be no more than twenty minutes in length. Submissions for round table and panel presentations should include an abstract for each paper. Please send 250-word proposals and brief biographical description by electronic submission to email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2004.