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TFW Editorial Collective members Aishah Simmons, Tamura A. Lomax, Heidi R. Lewis, Heather Laine Talley, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs attended the 34th annual National Women’s Studies Association conference in Cincinnati, OH this year!
On Friday, Tamura, Aishah, Heidi, and Heather presented “Mediating Feminisms: A Workshop by The Feminist Wire,” which explored the powerful role of new media as deployed for feminist change-making. Specifically, we shared the work of the The Feminist Wire, especially as it pertains to publishing works that valorize and sustain pro-feminist, anti-racist, anti-heterosexist, and anti-imperialist representations and that create alternative frameworks to build a just and equitable society.
On Saturday, Alexis will speak at the plenary session entitled “Changing the Subjects: Remaking the Futures of the Feminist Past” along with Nan Alamilla Boyd (San Francisco State University), Kelly Wooten (Duke University), and Victoria Hesford (State University of New York, Stony Brook). The plenary asks how we renegotiate the subjects of feminist histories, and will interrogate the following questions: What assumptions about the past has women’s and gender studies relied upon? What are the new histories of women’s and gender studies? Going forward, who and what subjects should be the focus of the field’s pasts? Who or what comes into view as we rethink the feminist archive? How do these archives converge or diverge from other communities’ official or unofficial collections, documentations, and repositories of knowledge?
If you’re in Cincinnati and/or at the conference–check us out!