Making Room: Practicing Feminisms Today
Saturday, February 25, 9 AM-1:30 PM
Making Room: Practicing Feminisms Today will engage an intergenerational group of women across disciplines in discussion around how feminisms are constructed and employed today. By creating spaces for women’s voices and visibilities, the symposium will address current discourses, debates, and contestations around interpretations of feminisms; conversations often initiated among and between women. Making Room will provide a much-needed platform for women’s advocacy and agency within our contested political climate. The panels will be followed by a community lunch open to all attendees.
Sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities and the Department of History of Art & Architecture
The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP as space is limited.
8:30-9:15 / Registration and Coffee
9:15-10:15 / Roundtable – Gender and Equity in Higher Education
This interdisciplinary roundtable discussion explores the advances made by women in academia as well as the challenges they continue to face. Co-presented by Boston University’s Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) and Graduate Student History of Art and Architecture Association (GSHAAA).
Alice Y. Tseng, Chair ad interim and Associate Professor, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University
Jenna Tonn, Lecturer, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University
Elisa Germán, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University
Divya Israni, Doctoral Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Jean Fan, Doctoral Student, Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics, Harvard University
10:30-11:30 / The Archival Body and the Feminist Voice
This panel addresses how ideas of the radical archive and uses of counter-cultural archival material can create embodied sites where women’s activism and agency are given form and visibility.
Interference Archive (Louise Barry and Jen Hoyer), volunteer community archive that emphasizes the relationship between cultural production and social movements.
Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Reference Librarian, Massachusetts Historical Society and Diversity Coordinator, New England Archivists
Dell M. Hamilton, Interdisciplinary artist, writer, lecturer and participant in Occupancies
11:45-12:45 / Intersectional Feminism
This panel addresses current ideas and applications of theories of intersectionality as pertinent to feminist and antiracist discourses today. Engaging with both the productivity and limitations of intersectional practices, this panel explores the application of these ideas via creative, professional, and activist channels.
Zahra Khan, co-founder of Feminist Islamic Troublemakers of North America
Chitra Ganesh, Brooklyn-based visual artist and participant in Occupancies.
Aisha Shillingford, artist, community organizer, and member of Intelligent Mischief, participant in Occupancies.
1:00 / Community Lunch
Image: Chitra Ganesh, Protest Fantasy, 2015. Image courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco