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About the Conference:

Feminism Here and Now: An Interdisciplinary Conversation seeks to spark a critical conversation about what feminist praxis may look like in the first half of the 21st century and what role feminism may continue to play in critiquing and intervening in a broad range of social, cultural, and political issues.

The conference will be held November 6 & 7 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Check out the conference agenda here and read about featured faculty here. Online registration is closed, but if you wish to attend this exciting event, email conference co-chair Erin Arizzi ( and we will do our best to find a space for you.

Call For Papers

Feminism Here and Now: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

November 6-7, 2015

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts to the inaugural meeting of Feminism Here and Now, an interdisciplinary conference organized by PhD students in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As the US continues to grapple with changes regarding gender, race, class, and sexuality in an increasingly global environment, Feminism Here and Now seeks to encourage critical conversation among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students about the contemporary and future states of feminist theory, pedagogy, and praxis. Both inside and outside of the academy, feminism remains a contested term that raises many unresolved questions. What are the relationships among feminist studies, critical race studies, black feminist studies, sexuality studies, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory? What is the proper object of inquiry for feminist projects (women? genders? non-humans?)? Is feminist theory transnational? How might feminism continue to critique and intervene in a broad spectrum of cultural, political, and social issues in the first half of the 21st century?

Instead of definitively answering these and other questions, this conference will provide an opportunity for conversations among feminist students and scholars from diverse academic disciplines. We invite abstracts on feminism here and now with an understanding that writers may consider each of these terms in their broadest contexts, where feminism may refer to a multiplicity of political and theoretical positions; here may designate any place or space; and now can include all relevant pasts, presents, and futures. Potential areas of inquiry may include, but are not limited to: defining feminisms, feminist histories and futures, sexuality studies, queer theory, LGBTQ studies, new media, and the future of feminist activism.

Undergraduate and graduate abstracts (400 words maximum) may be submitted on the Feminism Here and Now: An Interdisciplinary Conversation website at The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2015. Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 1.

Featured Participants

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Sharma is Associate Professor in Media and Technology Studies in the Department of Communication at UNC Chapel Hill. Her work centers on issues related to time, labor, technology, and social difference. Her book, In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics, won the “2014 Book of the Year” award of the National Communication Association’s Critical and Cultural Studies Division. Extending her work on temporality and politics, Sharma is currently delving into feminist-Marxist approaches to technology and social reproduction.  At the moment she is writing about how technologies tied to managing life within the so-called sharing economy reveal a gendered disparity between two opposing realms of political possibility: care and exit.

Featured Faculty Panelists

Maxine Eichner is Reef C. Ivey II Professor of Law at UNC Chapel Hill. Before taking on this role, Eichner practiced civil, women’s, and employment rights law. Her scholarship attends to the complexity of women’s issues in relation to feminism, sexuality, and family in the contemporary legal and political context of the United States. Eichner’s current book project extends this analysis and is titled Capitalism and Families: The Rationale of Regulating the Market’s Effects on Families.

Banu Gökarıksel is Associate Professor of Geography at UNC Chapel Hill, with a joint appointment in the Curriculum in Global Studies. Gokariksel’s work is concerned with the politics and ethics of everyday life; recently, she has been engaged in a collaborative project (with Anna Secor) that examines the contentious production and consumption of veiling-fashion in Turkey (see the collaborative mutlimedia website: Gokariksel, with Frances Hasso and Miriam Cooke, edits The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies.

Sharon Holland is Professor of American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Holland’s research explores and presses on the intersections of feminist, queer, and critical race studies. She folds this interdisciplinary approach into her investments in animal studies and food studies. She is currently at work on two evocatively titled book projects, the first is “little black girl,” and the second is called “Perishment.” You can find her writing on food, writing, and all things equestrian on her blog,

Kumi Silva is Assistant Professor of Communication at UNC Chapel Hill. Her global scholarship tackles the difficulties of identity and identification — issues which permeate feminist scholarship in the here and now. In particular, her work integrates the contemporary context of popular and consumer culture with the importance and relevance of the postcolonial. She is the author of the forthcoming Brown: Identity to Identification and co-editor of Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture.

Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies at Duke University. Wiegman has published extensively on and influentially in feminist theory, queer theory, American Studies, and critical race studies. Since 2000, she has edited (with Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan) the Duke University book series, Next Wave: New Directions in Women’s Studies. She is currently at work on two book projects: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, on key debates in feminist and queer theory.

Schedule of Events

For the 2015 Feminism Here and Now schedule of events, please click below:

FHN 2015 Schedule


For info on transportation and parking, please see the info below.

parking @ FHN.

For maps of event-related buildings, please click below.

FHN15 map!