CFP: Ecology, Spirituality, Sustainability: Feminist and Indigenous Interventions
Call for Papers: The 21st Women’s Studies Conference.
Special Theme: “Ecology, Spirituality, Sustainability: Feminist & Indigenous Interventions.”
Host/Location: Southern Connecticut State University Women’s Studies Program.
Date: Friday and Saturday, April 11th and 12th, 2014.
Submission Deadline: Postmarked by December 2nd, 2013.
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INVITATION FOR PROPOSALS ON INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE WORK
At this critical juncture as we face waves of ecological crises and witness spiritual alienation from the earth, critical reflections on the relationship between humans and the natural world are more urgent than ever. Our 21st annual conference seeks to examine feminist and Indigenous analyses and interventions on the exploitation and degradation of the natural world, and to promote the feminist-Indigenous resistance and sustainability initiatives that address the crises on planet earth. This conference will also highlight and showcase feminist and Indigenous thinking and practice against the intersecting oppressions across race, ethnicity, class and sexuality vis-à-vis the natural realm and continuum of species.
We invite you to consider some the following questions at this conference: What role have eco-feminist theories and practices played in countering the capitalist and patriarchal models of human interaction with nature? How can indigenous spiritual philosophies and practices in defying the patriarchal distortions of the essence, purpose and value of nature play a role in turning the tide? What are some of the global movements that bring eco-feminist principles and indigenous values into practice? How have women in communities throughout the world fought against the destructive forces of industry, politics and human greed to defend the ecological integrity of their homelands? What are some of the best practices of sustainability to restore the ecological health of the environment?