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Feminist Constellations

Feminist Constellations: Intercultural Paradigms in the Americas

Friday, April 12, 2013 – Saturday, April 13, 2013

DAY 1: 9:30am - 7:00pm; DAY 2: 10:00am - 6:30pm
Auditorium of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC), 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York NY 10012 (map)

*** We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Please arrive early to guarantee seating, or check in for a later panel as people often do not attend for the full day. ***

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The main objective of this participatory conference is to provide a platform for feminist scholars and activists to engage in a meaningful dialogue about their struggles from their positions at the forefront of contemporary debates on democracy, economic, cultural and racial justice. By inviting scholars and activists who bridge Latin American, Africana, Native American, Latino, Cultural and Women’s and Gender Studies, the conference highlights diversity, encouraging the possibilities of learning from one another. While feminist conferences and meetings tend to focus on particular issues (i.e., Indigenous Feminisms, Black Feminisms, Feminist Activism),
our conference emphasizes the necessity of creating spaces for connections and intercultural dialogues.

To enrich the learning process and construct common strategies to fight for justice and democracy, we have developed an alternative format to privilege communication among participants. Instead of panels that privilege an expertise of invited speakers, the Feminist Constellations conference is organized around “Discussion Groups” moderated by keynote speakers. Participation and dialogue amongst conference participants is emphasized in the format, subverting academic institutionalization and elitism by offering paths to bridge – rather than deepen – the stance of feminisms as critique.

Discussion Groups will be composed of feminist scholars and activists who respond to our “Call for Ideas” rather than a “Call for Papers.” The conference is attached to an incipient project for a Working Group on Feminisms in the Americas, sponsored by CLACS at NYU, as a way of furthering the dialogues initiated with the conference. The possibilities for further dialogue may also take the format of a Feminist Constellations Blog to provide a space for sharing, problem solving and communication amongst the constellations of feminists throughout the Americas.


Ochy Curiel (Dominican Republic), Dana Ain Davis (U.S.), Millaray Painemal (Chile), Julieta Paredes (Bolivia), Manuela Picq (Ecuador), Margareth Rago (Brazil), Matilde Ribeiro (Brazil), Guiomar Rovira (Mexico), Irma Alicia Velazquez Nimatuj (Guatemala), Gina Athena Ulysse (Haiti), Evelyne Laurent-Perrault (Venezuela).

Friday, April 12th

9:30 - 10:00am :: Opening with Organizers Pamela Calla and Sarah Sarzynski

10:00am - 12:00pm :: Indigenous Feminisms Hemispherically
Discussion Leaders: Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj, América Millaray Painemal Morales
Moderator: Patricia Richards

12:00 - 1:30pm :: Break

1:30 - 3:30pm :: Black Feminisms Diasporically
Discussion Leaders: Matilde Ribeiro, Dana Ain Davis, Evelyne Laurent-Perrault
Moderator: Nancy Mirabal

4:00 - 5:30pm :: Communitarian, Decolonial and Anti-Racist Feminisms
Discussion Leaders: Julieta Paredes, Ochy Curiel
Moderator: Brooke Larson

5:45 - 7:00pm :: Book Presentation: "La Nación Heterosexual: Análisis del discurso jurídico y el régimen heterosexual desde la antropología de la dominación" by Ochy Curiel, GLEFAS
Introduced by: Miriam Mejia, Casa Verde Camila
Sponsored by Casa Verde Camila y Grupo Latinoamericano de Formación y Acción Feminista (GLEFAS)
Presentation Followed by a Reception

Saturday, April 13th

10:00am - 12:00pm :: Social Movements: Art, Social Media and Networks
Discussion Leaders:Guiomar Rovira, Gina Athena Ulysse
Moderator: Temma Kaplan

12:00 - 12:45 :: "Feminismo Comunitario es Feminismo Revolucionario", A Performance by Julieta Paredes

12:45 - 2:00pm :: Break

2:00 - 3:30pm :: Generational Connections
Discussion Leaders: Manuela Picq, Margareth Rago
Moderator: Claire Potter

4:15 - 6:30pm :: Closing Panel: Economic Justice, Immigration, Labor and the Environment
Discussion Leaders: All Presenters
Moderator: Melissa Forbis

Co-Sponsors: Barnard Center for Research on Women, Stony Brook University, NYU Program on Gender and Sexuality, NYU Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Special Thanks to our Organizers!
Claudia Arteaga, Vanessa Castañeda, Sofia Huizar, Lisa Skeen, Nate Doherty, Raelyne Wyse, Pamela Calla, Sarah Sarzynski, Melissa Forbis, and all of our “note-takers”.

*** We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Please arrive early to guarantee seating, or check in for a later panel as people often do not attend for the full day. ***

*Photo ID is required for entry into the building