Conference 2013

Feminist Constellations: Intercultural Paradigms in the Americas

April 12-13th, 2013

KJCC Auditorium, NYU


April 12th:


Opening (Pamela Calla and Sarah Sarzynski)


Indigenous Feminisms Hemispherically

Discussion Leaders: Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, América Millaray Painemal Morales

Moderator:  Patricia Richards

12:00 – 1:30



Black Feminisms Diasporically

Discussion Leaders: Matilde Ribeiro, Dana Ain Davis, Evelyne Laurant-Perrault

Moderator: Nancy Mirabal


Decolonial, Communitarian and Anti-Racist Feminisms

Discussion Leaders: Julieta Paredes, Ochy Curiel

Moderator: Brooke Larson


Book Presentation “La nación heterosexual” by Ochy Curiel, GLEFAS

Introduced by Miriam Mejia, Casa Verde Camila

Sponsored by Casa Verde Camila and Grupo Latinoamericano de Formación y Acción Feminista (GLEFAS)


April 13th


Social Movements: Art, Social Media and Networks

Discussion Leaders: Guiomar Rovira, Gina Athena Ulysee

Moderator: Temma Kaplan


Performance by Julieta Paredes

“Feminismo Comunitario es Feminismo Revolucionario”




Generational Connections

Discussion Leaders: Manuela Picq, Margareth Rago

Moderator: Claire Potter


Closing Panel:

Economic Justice, Immigration, Labor and the Environment

Discussion Leaders:  ALL

Moderator: Melissa M. Forbis

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 focus on five questions faced by feminists:

  1. How do constellations of contemporary feminisms challenge the dominant feminist paradigm through emancipatory politics?
  2. What are the new and renewed forms of doing politics in relation to states and social movements?
  3. How do we approach inter-subjective, inter-movement and “intercultural bonds” within the framework of feminism?
  4. What meanings and approaches do we attribute to contemporary feminist scholarship and activism?
  5. How do we construct a struggle towards equality based on economic, cultural, racial and gender justice?

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 NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as a way of furthering the dialogues initiated with the conference.  The possibilities for further dialogue may also take the format of a blog to provide a space for sharing, problem solving and communication amongst the constellations of feminists throughout the Americas.

Sponsored by: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (CLACS); Columbia University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (CSER); Barnard Center for Research on Women; Stony Brook University: Department of History, Department of Philosophy, Humanities Institute, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory (Program in Women’s and Gender Studies); 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, Raelene Wyse, Pamela Calla, Sarah Sarzynski, Melissa Forbis, to all of our “note-takers” and volunteers and to Sisa Holguín and Amalia Cordova


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