STATEMENT FROM RADFEM COLLECTIVE.
Invitation to submit papers/talk linked to Radical Feminist Theory
We are delighted to announce that the RadFem Collective are holding a conference on the 21st and 22nd of September 2019 in London. This conference will be centred on the relationship between Radical Feminist theory and action, and we want women to contribute their own ideas. We are therefore inviting women to write and submit an outline of their proposed idea for a talk they will give at the conference, with time for questions and discussion.
Radical Feminist theory developed out of women’s lived experiences. Until women began to theorise their experiences, women’s oppression was taken for granted and everyday practices were considered neutral, and of no theoretical value. Radical Feminists developed theory in mutual communication to dissect and understand how power works in relation to women’s oppression. When Andrea Dworkins wrote her book INTERCOURSE for instance, she asked ‘how is sex used against women?’, ‘What is the relationship between a socially constructed sexuality and women’s political experience?’ In the new liberal era of post modernism and queer theory, Radical Feminism is re-emerging, and women are developing new theory which exposes the implications of liberalism in its old and news forms on the female sex, such as transgender ideology.
We invite women to write talks on theory, and we hope to hear from women with different ideas from the full spectrum of Radical Feminist thought who want to share their ideas at our conference.
Talks can range from 10 to 30 minutes and the final paper you submit should be no more than 2 sides of A4. We invite you to submit ideas to us and encourage you all to become theorists!
The conference will take place over two days so there will be space for women to share their ideas and for them to be discussed. We hope to develop space where many theoretical questions can be discussed such as” ‘how are sex race and class connected?”, “how do men maintain the domination”? How can sexuality be truly liberating rather than liberal? ‘How does sado-masochism reinforce women’s oppression?’ Does romantic love build or dilute a revolutionary movement?’ ‘How does service provision dilute a revolutionary vision?
Regrettably we cannot guarantee that every woman/group of women will be able to speak to her or their paper since we may be limited in time, but we intend to give as many women a voice as we possibly can in such a limited period. There is no deadline, but once the slots are filled we will be not be accepting further submissions and will close the process. We look forward to hearing from you all.
Please submit your ideas for a talk, as no more than a 500 word abstract / summary, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk spots will be filled as applications come in.