GCWS has featured the Feminisms Unbound series for more than five years. This series is extremely popular with students, faculty, and the greater Boston feminist academic and activist communities. Feminisms Unbound, organized by GCWS affiliated faculty, features debates which focus on feminist concerns, theories, and practices in this contemporary moment. The goal of Feminisms Unbound is to foster conversations and community among Boston-area feminist intellectuals and activists. The series, in its open configuration, endeavors to allow the greatest measure of engagement across multiple disciplinary trajectories, and a full array of feminist investments. Feminisms Unbound is curated by a team of three faculty members who represent a number of institutions and disciplines.
Taking our cue from activist organizing around statues and other monuments that has been at the center of movements for social justice here in the US and around the world, we invite your reflections on what it means to move, to be moved, and to be still, and how these can become resources for feminist and antiracist reflection and organizing. As some statues are torn down and disappear before our very eyes, some quietly deteriorate unseen and unheralded, raising questions about posterity, and about the extent to which movements for justice depend on visual representation: what, then, of the resources of opacity and abstraction? Recent protests convened nightly vibrate with energy as statues are made to move differently, countering a terrible decades-long visual sovereignty. In this way removal also prompts reflection on the ways in which subaltern creativity has long been fueled by ingesting rather than excising the objectionable element. Finally, how do these public forms convene us (publicly or otherwise) as mourners, as defenders of the republic, as newly independent, as agents of reparative justice?
Roundtable participants include:
- Harvey Young, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Boston University
- María Regina Firmino-Castillo, Assistant Professor, Critical Dance Studies, Co-Director of Indigenous Choreographers Gathering, University of California, Riverside
- Shoniqua Roach, Assistant Professor in African and African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
- Suraj Yengde, Fellow, Shorenstein Center, Post-Doc, Harvard Kennedy School
- Tina Campt, Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
Moderator: Faith Smith, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and English, Brandeis University