Conference: "Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race"

Location: ND Conference Center (McKenna Hall) (View on map )


The Intersectional Inquiries conference will offer a platform for scholars, artists, and activists from various fields to interrogate the intersections of race and gender from a broad range of historical, global, and contemporary contexts. Those participating in the conference will attend rigorously to the ways that race structures gender, sexualities, class, and dis/ability and the dominating matrices of biopolitical violence and imperialism. Participants will also trace how racialized subjectivities and non-normative embodiments challenge and radically fracture hierarchy. With this conference, our hope is to inspire impactful intellectual dialogue and assist in building ties that will lead to scholarly- and social justice-focused collaborations.

Patricia Hill Collins will give the conference's keynote address and Provost's Distinguished Woman Lecture: "Sharpening Intersectionality's Critical Edge." Professor Collins is the Distinguished University Professor and Wilson Elkins Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

A pre-eminent black feminist scholar and theorist of intersectional identities, Professor Collins recently co-authored Intersectionality (Polity 2016) with Sirma Bilge. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge 1990), won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association for significant scholarship in gender, as well as the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Professor Collins is the author and editor of several other books dealing with race, gender, education, and politics, including On Intellectual Activism (Temple 2012); Another Kind of Public Education: Race, the Media, Schools, and Democratic Possibilities (Beacon 2009); and From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism (Temple 2006). 

The conference will also include two plenary sessions, each of which will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to reflect on how gender and race serve as sites of struggle in the academy and at the nexus of many intellectual, political, and geographic borders that mark our everyday lives.

--Kanisha D. Bond (University of Maryland, College Park), Roderick Ferguson (University of Chicago-Illinois), and Zethu Matebeni (University of Cape Town) will be discussing "Intersectionality or Diversity? Transforming the Neoliberal Academy in the Era of Black Lives Matter."
--Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández (University of Texas at Austin), Atalia Omer (University of Notre Dame), and Gina Athena Ulysse (Wesleyan University) will be discussing "Biopolitics and Borders: Intersectional Bodies and the Globalizing of Nation."

Registration is free for Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff. 

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Conference organizers: Marjorie Housley, Tara Hudson, Z'étoile Imma, Mary Celeste Kearney, and Christine Venter.
University of Notre Dame co-sponsors: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Center for Social Concerns, Center for Social Movements, Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, College of Engineering, Department of Africana Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Art, Art History, & Design, Department of Classics, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of English, Department of Film, Television, & Theatre, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Department of Sociology, Department of Theology, Gender Studies Program, Graduate School, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Institute for Latino Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies' Africa Working Group, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Program of Liberal Studies, and Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts & Letters.

Gender Studies Program
Phone: (574) 631-4266