Black Feminist Symposium – Call for submission and creative works!
October 31 @ 8:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm
What does it mean to be critical? For scholars of literature, a critique might refer to a frameworkor a kind of evaluation, a way of seeing a text. In a medical context, to be in critical condition isto be on the brink of death. When used in more everyday circumstances, being critical is a kindof attitude: it is a desire for improvement, one which often involves exposing limits orshortcomings.
Underlying all of these definitions is an urgent commitment to care, acommitment to a kind of compassion. This year, our Black Feminist Symposium seeks to explorecritical care and compassion, their necessity, practice, and motives. Using our risk, resistance,resilience framework, we hope to take on interdisciplinary approaches to think through and aboutcompassion and care. How are care and compassion risky? How might compassionate and caringapproaches help us resist violence? How might practices of compassion and care inform oursurvival, keep us going, keep us resilient? How does Black Feminist theory help us approachthese matters?
To meditate on these questions and beyond, we welcome the work ofundergraduate and graduate students, community members, and faculty for panel presentations.We also welcome local artists, poets, and musicians to contribute to our creative showcase.
Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Conference Date: Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Submit a 250 word abstract to: http://bit.ly/BFS2020submit