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About the Conference:

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 highlight cutting edge research from faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. Undergraduate and Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts and panels.

Update (2016/9/13):  A limited number of student travel grants of up to $50 each will be awarded to participants accepted to present papers at the Feminisms Here and Now conference who are traveling to NC from out-of-state (domestic or international). If you would like to be considered for a travel grant, include a statement of request upon registration to the conference. Registration opens on October 1, 2016. Requests must be received by October 31, 2016. Awardees will be notified by November 7, 2016. The brief request should include the participant’s name, academic affiliation, enrollment year, contact information (including surface address, email address, and phone number), a brief statement giving the paper title, an explanation of how the conference fits with the participant’s intellectual interests and/or academic pursuits and why attending the conference is important to the student’s work, and any other information worth consideration.

Call For Papers

Feminisms Here and Now: Alongside | Across | Against

December 2-3, 2016

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows are invited to submit abstracts to the second annual meeting of Feminisms Here and Now, an interdisciplinary conference organized by PhD students in the Department of Communication of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This year’s theme, Communicating Alongside | Across | Against, arose out of both the current political climate and points of discussion from last year’s conference. Feelings and experiences of insecurity, inequity, violence, and disrespect resonate locally and globally, affecting our personal lives, communities, states, nations, and worlds. In the United States, these are most palpable in the face of a number of troubling occurrences, including the passing of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, persistent police violence against black life, the loss of queer of color lives at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the spectacle of the US presidential election, anti-immigrant backlash, and xenophobic responses to the global refugee crisis. Globally and transnationally, developments pertaining to war, migration, labor, militarization and security, and other systemic crises of political, economic and environmental organization and violence make the need for thinking through the role of feminist analysis, pedagogy, and praxis clear. With these and other feminist concerns in mind, Feminisms Here and Now encourages faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to join together to process, think about, contest, theorize, and innovate toward desired social and political conditions, processes, ethics, and ends.

Communicating Alongside | Across | Against is meant to highlight the communicative capacities and limits of feminisms in all of their complexity, in matters pertaining to time, space, identity, oppressions, privileges, coalitions, and antagonisms. Here and now, we ask: What do feminist scholars want from feminisms? What are the relationships among feminist studies, critical race studies, black feminist studies, gay and lesbian studies, trans* studies, disability studies, and queer theory, and how do debates internal to these fields reconfigure the relations between them? In what ways can and should feminisms continue to critique and intervene in a broad spectrum of cultural, political, and social issues in the first half of the 21st century?

The conference invites abstracts on feminisms here and now with an understanding that writers may consider each of these terms in their broadest contexts. “Feminisms” may refer to a multiplicity of personal, political, and theoretical positions; “here” may designate any place, space, or scale; and “now” can include all relevant pasts, presents, and futures. Work utilizing critical, theoretical, qualitative, social scientific, performative, or other methodologies are welcome, as are all disciplinary, departmental, activist, or programmatic orientations and perspectives. Submissions not directly responding to this year’s theme are also encouraged. Abstracts (400 words maximum) may be submitted on the Feminisms Here and Now: Communicating Alongside | Across | Against website at The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 15, 2016. Please visit for details about the conference, including schedule, speakers, registration (free), travel, and location information. The website will be updated regularly with new information. Please use the “Contact Us” form on the website to send any questions or comments about the conference or this call.

For a downloadable copy of the call for papers, please click here.

Featured Participants

Keynote Speaker

Sharon P. 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,

Keynote Address: “Feminism, Professionalism and Social Justice: A Crowd-Sourced Keynote”

Featured Faculty Panelists

Florence Babb, Harrington Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill

Juliane Hammer, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill

Ranjana Khanna, Professor of English; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and the Literature Program, Duke University

Patricia Parker, Associate Professor of Organizational Communication, Department Chair of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill

Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Duke University

Faculty Respondents

Sarah Dempsey, Assistant Department Chair and Associate Professor of Communication; UNC Chapel Hill

Jill Fisher, Associate Professor of Social Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill

Michelle Robinson, Assistant Professor of American Studies, UNC Chapel Hill

Sara Smith, Associate Professor of Geography, UNC Chapel Hill


Schedule of Events

For the 2016 Feminism Here and Now schedule of events, please click below:

FHN2016 Schedule of Events