Critical Feminist Studies

The Critical Feminist Studies Working Group [CFSWG] of the Cultural Studies Association [] is pleased to invite submissions for one roundtable and one panel to be presented at the 2018 conference, which will take place at Carnegie Mellon University from May 31-June 2:

Roundtable on “Interventions” in Critical Feminist Theory

  • What are ways to conceptualize interventions? Can they be productive, energizing forces for theory and practice or problematic obstacles to feminist progress?
  • What cultural spaces/cultural products/case studies operate as a promotion and/or policing of interventional strategies? How does this limit or expand the intersectional lens of Critical Feminist Studies?
  • What are the cisgendering, racializing, and disabling effects of feminist interventions? How does neoliberalism and globalization play a part in these effects?

Panel on Critical Feminist Studies and the Possibilities for Social Justice Interventions

  • What is the future of social justice interventions under Trump’s administration? 
  • Should we continue to imagine ‘feminist utopias’ as a strategy of intervention, or are there other possible conceptions and strategies to develop and defend?
  • How might new or reframed Critical Feminist Pedagogy be developed as a form of social justice intervention(s)?

We encourage papers that draw from diverse fields including but not limited to: women's and gender studies, sexuality studies, feminist philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political economy, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, media studies, critical disability studies, and/or cultural studies. 

You need to be a CSA member to submit. Please indicate which of the panels you would like to apply for with a brief abstract of your paper/presentation (500-700 words) and a short bio (in one document) to the EasyChair admission platform by March 10, 2018.

Questions about our CSA Working Group can be directed to Dara Persis Murray ( and Jennifer Scuro (


Dara Persis & Jennifer Scuro 

Critical Feminist Studies dedicates itself to work that builds upon, even as it critiques, the institutions and practices of Women's and Gender Studies, focusing in particular on a historical approach to feminisms and feminist theory, transnational formations and movements, queer and sexuality studies, and politics, practices, and representations. Some of the emergent, interdisciplinary areas of inquiry include girls, disability and transsexuality. One of the aims of the Working Group is to open up a critical space for the ideas and initiatives of young scholars and junior faculty within Cultural Studies.

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