Red River Women's Studies Conference

2021 Red River Women’s Studies Conference

October 21-22, 2021

at Minnesota State University Moorhead

The 21st annual Red River Women’s Studies Conference (October 21-22, 2021) at Minnesota State University Moorhead will focus on the theme of “Building an Anti-Racist Feminist Future.” This year’s theme is inspired by Mikki Kendall’s book Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot (2020) and the powerful racial uprisings of 2020. From the Capitol coup fueled by toxic masculinity and white supremacy to the racism targeting Asian communities to the disparities laid bare by COVID19, how will we build a feminist movement “flexible enough to encompass the solutions that arise in a crisis?” (Kendall, 37). How will feminism confront white supremacy to build an anti-racist future where everyone is cared for and our communities free from violence?

Call For Proposals - Due: July 1, 2021

Possible topics for presentations include but are not limited to:

  • Black feminisms and intersectionality in the age of #BlackLivesMatter
  • Abolition and the modern police state
  • Critical examinations of whiteness, including white feminism and whitewashing
  • Respectability politics
  • Queer and trans Black lives and storytelling
  • Rent strikes, mutual aid and the resurgence of anti-capitalist feminism
  • Confronting racism in healthcare during COVID19
  • Hunger, housing and healthcare as feminist issues
  • Centering racial justice and intersectionality in the classroom
  • Indigenous feminisms and decolonization
  • Feminism in the hood and on the rez
  • Creating spaces for Black joy and healing for communities of color
  • BIPOC artists on the frontlines of social justice
  • Organizing for feminist solidarity and building anti-racist coalitions

We invite faculty, students, independent scholars and activists from the region to submit proposals for panels, papers, and workshops that address any of the key areas above or other relevant topics. Panel proposals should include a 250-word description of the panel topic, as well as 250-word abstracts of each paper/presentation. Proposals for individual presentations or posters should provide a 250-word abstract of the author’s presentation/poster.

Proposals should be emailed to rrwsc@mnstate.edu by July 1, 2021.