SITUATED KNOWLEDGES OF GENDER AND LOVE. SECOND CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF GENDER AND LOVE
25-27 SEPTEMBER 2019
MONT FLEUR ESTATE, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
Feminist theorists and scholars have recognized for decades that knowledge is neither universal nor transcendent, but is always produced within specific social, temporal and geographical contexts. Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding and the standpoint theorists of the 1980s (and later) insist that claims to objectivity and universality – that is, to ‘truth’ – in Western philosophy and theory amount to no more than attempts to seize epistemological power and conceal patriarchal and racist agendas.
With this in mind, the steering committee of the International Society for the Study of Gender and Love calls for abstracts that emphasize the situated nature of our knowledges of gender and love. If we recognize explicitly that knowledge is shaped by the specificities of its context, including the individuals who produce it, their geospatial locations, and the contingencies of race, class, sexuality and gender, what does that say about what we know about gender and love and the spaces and connections between them? And is it possible to lift situated knowledges of gender and love into onto-epistemological reflections on the characteristics of gender and love including methodological consequences thereof?
The steering committee of the International Society for the Study of Gender and Love calls for abstracts that emphasize the situated nature of our knowledges and representations of gender and love. This call is made even more urgent by recent calls from the Global South to decolonize education and scholarship, and recognition that this conference will be held in one of many countries for which the ongoing processes of colonisation and decolonisation have profoundly influenced what we know.
Abstracts are invited on any aspect, and from any discipline, on the situated knowledge of gender and love, including but not limited to:
- Inter-regional and intercultural dialogues about gender and love
- Geographies of gender and love
- The body as a site of inscription for gender and love
- Creative and/or literary refashionings of gender and love
- Nonhuman and/or posthuman components of phenomena and events
- Age, gender and love
- Knowledge-making and learning about gender and love
- Languages and performances of love and gender
- Affective leanings in becomings of gender and love
- Contemporary engagements with the themes of gender and love
- Advocacy and solidarity-building
- Situated human rights perspectives on gender and love
- Feminist ethics of care
- The situated politics of belonging
The aim of the International Society for the Study of Gender and Love is to study gender and love from as many reflective, critical and creative approaches as possible, and to explore the many intersections of gender and love through interdisciplinary events and publishing.
Submission of abstracts
Please submit a 250-word abstract by 29 March 2019 to the conference convenor, Deirdre Byrne (email@example.com). All abstracts will be vetted by a committee.
Doctoral students’ prize
Doctoral students are welcome to submit abstracts for papers. There will be a prize for the best paper delivered by a doctoral student.