COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Forum Submissions on Campus Violence, Resistance, and Strategies for Survival DUE 6/1/15 – The Feminist Wire

COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Forum Submissions on Campus Violence, Resistance, and Strategies for Survival DUE 6/1/15



TODAY: JUNE 1, 2015

Thank you to everyone who has submitted to the College Feminisms Forum!  Please continue to share and submit!!





Editors: Martina “Mick” Powell (guest editor) and Heather M. Turcotte


In 2014, over fifty US college and university collectives filed formal Title IX complaints against their institutions for a variety of reasons, including the mishandling of sexual assault cases by the administration.  Students, faculty, and staff nationwide continue to face both blatant and covert entangled acts of racism, sexism, ableism, homo- and transantagonism, and xenophobia, which, when presented to administrations, are systematically ignored, rewritten, and/or co-opted for dismissive neoliberal civility campaigns. This recent mobilization across US campuses materializes within, and because of, historical and transnational contexts of violence against communities who resist and defy the intersecting structures of white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, and capitalism.

In her foreword to soulscript, an anthology of poetry edited by June Jordan, Staceyann Chin writes, “the collective voice of the voiceless is still one of the most powerful tools of change.” This forum is concerned with the ways in which “voiceless” members of college, university, and academic communities respond to the particular set of violences that surround them through coalition building, active resistance, and legal measurements. Additionally, we are interested in how campus collectives show solidarity with national and transnational publicized sites of violence, particularly around sexual assault, police brutality, and the lynchings, kidnappings, and mass murders of individuals, students, and communities. Importantly, this forum aims to serve as a space for critical conversations on surviving campus culture, academia, and international state violence.

Authors are invited to submit essays, poems, videos, pictures, and creative prose pieces that address any of these topics in relationship to college, university, and academic life from a variety of geopolitical locations (and in relationship to other educational structures):

  • Institutionalized, individual, and intersectional violence: In what ways is violence operating individually and systematically in your space? How is it connected and informed by other sites of violence?;
  • Shaping, structuring, and sustaining productive and safe coalitions, solidarities, and community;
  • Responding to the reproduction of violence within coalitional work; 
  • Accounting for identity, power, privilege, and inequality that shape movement participation and collective responses (e.g., intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, citizenship, religion, ability, and modes of embodiment);
  • Transformative methods of knowledge production and exchange that builds accountable community praxis: How do you subvert violent, pervasive forms of knowledge? How do you disrupt discursively violent academic spaces?;
  • Organizing acts of resistance: How, why, when? What mobilizations are most effective or not?;
  • Creating a collective voice and ways of documenting it;
  • The productivities and limitations of the law: What does law (and rights) offer us? What does it eclipse? How do we decriminalize our campuses and refuse increased militarization and surveillance of students, faculty, and staff?;
  • Strategies for survival: Every day and long term visions;
  • Communities of care: How do coalitions (whether formally or informally structured) care for one another? What is our collective sense of care?; and
  • Self-Care

Submissions should be roughly 1,500 words and are due by June 1, 2015. Please submit your work for consideration to “College Feminisms Submissions,”  and indicate in your cover letter that you would like your submission to be considered for the forum. More general information on the submission process can be found at: submission guidelines.




Selected News Articles and Writings on the Intersections of Campus, Academic, and State Violence and the Work of Building Collective Justice:

Syracuse University Student Protestors Continue Weeklong Sit-In, Talk with Administration” By Catie O’Toole

And We Sat: Violence against the Bodies of Diversity and Transparency (DAT) Student Movement at Syracuse University” by Farrell Greenwald Brenner

Can You Hear Us Now?” by Jake New

An Open Letter to UCONN President Susan Herbst” by Carolyn Luby

An Open Letter Addressing the UCONN Community” by Victoria Rossetti, Rebecca Barton, and Stephanie Naranjo

Racially Charged Incident at UCONN Triggers Concerns about Campus Atmosphere” by Gregory B. Hladky

Perseverance Conquers: An Open Letter” by Princess Harmony-Jazmyne Rodriguez 

Learning #EverdaySexualViolence: Women Telling Our Stories” by Stephanie Gilmore and Pia Guerrero

Queering Sexual Violence” by Jennifer Patterson

Transfiguring Masculinities in Black Women’s Studies” by C. Riley Snorton

Buff, Black, Tattooed, and Feminist: On the Utility of a Bro-Feminist” by Marquis Bey

TFW’s Sikivu Hutchinson and Aishah Shahidah Simmons Partner to Address Sexual Violence with Youth in South Los Angeles” by The Feminist Wire

Selected from the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: “African American Old Miss Student Is a Victim of a Race Related Attack;” “Black Woman Scholar Earns $75,000 in Settlement of Race Discrimination Lawsuit;” “Racial Slur Written on Birthday Cake at the University of Maryland;” “Racial Incidents at the University of Massachusetts;” “Racial Incident at Saint Louis University

Racist Frat Prank at University of Chicago” in The Huffington Post

#FergusonOctober: Francesca Griffin–A Black Woman and the Police State” by Ahmad Greene-Hayes

The Cops Can’t Come Here: How a Predominantly White Institution is My Safe Haven” by ray(nise) cange

An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter Dec” by blackspaceblog

On Boko Haram, Missing Children, and Narcissism” by Niama Safia Sandy

The Chapel Hill Shooting Was Anything but a Dispute Over Parking” by Nathan Lean

SOAS Referendum on Academic Boycott

Salaita v. Kennedy, et. al.” at The Center for Constitutional Rights

Paris, #BlackLivesMatter, the Cultural Violence, and the White Western State” by Malik Nashad Sharpe

Ayotzinapa: A Timeline of the Mass Disappearance That Has Shaken Mexico” by VICE News

Living on Borrowed Time: Six Young Trans Women of Color Have Been Murdered in America This Year” by Terrell Jermaine Starr

White Terror: Spirituality, Ancestral Memory, and the Politics of Remembering” by Rajanie (Preity) Kumar

In Solidarity with Anita Sarkeesian and All Women Who Speak Out” by The Feminist Wire

Toward a Feminist Politics of De-Criminalization and Abolition: Why We Support Dr. Mireille Miller-Young” by Tamara L. Spira and Heather M. Turcotte

Feminists We Love: Wagatwe Wanjuki” Interview by Stephanie Gilmore

Dismantling Racism and White Supremacy Must Come from Within” by Aishah Shahidah Simmons