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Date: 2017-12-06
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Subject: Call for papers - Transnational Objects, Activist Solidarities, Feminist Analytics

Transnational Objects, Activist Solidarities, Feminist Analytics


December 5-7, 2018

University of Ottawa


Call for papers


This interdisciplinary symposium invites scholars of transnational movements, organizations, networks, campaigns, mobilizations, assemblages and other cross-border activist phenomena to consider: (1) how to more adequately conceptualize, analyze, and theorize such complex transnational objects, including in ways that (2) advance the theory and practice of emancipatory solidarities[1] in the current period and (3) critically consider the contributions of transnational/intersectional feminist analytics[2] to such an undertaking.


We invite theoretically-informed, empirically-grounded studies from researchers working from a range of perspectives on transnational activist objects, who are curious to consider how their subject matter might fruitfully engage feminist concerns. A peer-reviewed edited collection is planned.




Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, our five-year collaborative research project on solidarity-building in transnational feminist organizing sought to document and analyze the histories and political dynamics, practices and discourses of solidarity-building around the issue of food sovereignty in the World March of Women; to develop and apply an original, feminist and geographical analytic for studying processes of solidarity-building in transnational organizing; and to make an original contribution to feminist debates about solidarity-building across difference and non-traditional alliances in a context of transnational connectivity. This research benefited from the collaboration of the transnational feminist network the World March of Women (WMW).


We invite researchers working on similar transnational objects to engage one or more of the following thematic areas, which are cross-cutting and open-ended in nature, in a manner that, at a minimum, avoids gender blindness. The questions under each theme have arisen in our research and are meant to be suggestive.


Conceptual and methodological issues in the study of transnational objects



Geographic perspectives in the study of transnational objects



Power and the political in the study of transnational objects



Solidarity-building and movement-building in transnational objects



Intersectional feminism as politics and analytic of transnational activist objects;



How to apply:


By March 1, 2018, submit a C.V and proposed title and abstract (300 words), in which you outline the theme or problematic to be addressed and specify the transnational object that is your empirical reference point. Your abstract should clearly establish how it responds to this call for papers. To submit and for all other inquiries: elsabeaulieu@gmail.com


Details for participants:


Symposium papers due: October 15, 2018.

Two nights accommodation and all meals during the symposium will be provided. Some travel subsidies may be available.


All symposium papers will be considered for inclusion in a peer-reviewed edited collection. Submissions should not be already published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Acceptance for the symposium is not a guarantee of publication.

First draft of book chapters due: April 1, 2019.


Organized by:

Dominique Masson, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa

Janet Conway, Department of Sociology, Brock University

Pascale Dufour, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal

Elsa Beaulieu-Bastien, Project Co-ordinator





[1] Solidarity is at the same time a normative injunction, a criteria used to analyze how movements fare in dealing with differences of various sorts, and a praxis that collective actors undertake in order to change the world.

[2] Intersectional feminism invites critical attention to gender, race, class, sexuality, nation, religion, and or other axes of difference and inequality as mutually constituted. Transnational feminism is further attentive to how these dynamics are situated in a global field of power shaped by histories of imperialism.


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