Feminist Futures in the Indian Ocean Conference

Country: USA

City: California, Santa Cruz

Abstr. due: 01.01.2020

Dates: 15.05.20 — 16.05.20

Area Of Sciences: Sociology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: fiowconf@gmail.com

Organizers: University of California, Santa Cruz and others


Although the Indian Ocean has been conceptualized as a connected space of trade and migration, scholarship has yet to fully engage the material realities of ecologies, subjectivities, memory, the sensorial, the spiritual, and the archival. Scholarship has further unevenly prioritized certain regions and relations within this oceanic space (the Indian sub-continent), while others continue to be marginalized (relationships between the coasts, hinterlands, and archipelagoes of Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and  the Middle East).

We welcome papers that question silences and erasures within Indian Ocean studies and its archives, and attend to embodied and non-hegemonic forms of knowledge production. How can feminist methods, necessarily connective, comparative and embodied, decenter and decolonize scholarly praxis of the Indian Ocean? How can they further attend to the nuanced relationalities between spaces, times, and disciplines? What might it mean to map the relational links between the Indian Ocean and other oceanic contexts (e.g., the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean, and Caribbean)? We are particularly interested in papers that engage thick transregionalism, multidisciplinary approaches to archives, historical memories of colonialism, racialization, slavery, indenture, and diaspora, and foreground questions of embodiment, performance, and visual and material cultural practices..

Papers might consider any of the following, as well as other related topics:
affect and the sensory
archive(s) and memory
area studies
cultural studies
economies and circulation
environments and ecologies
feminist methodologies
gender and sexualities
histories and afterlives of slavery
indigenous and diasporic solidarities
materials and materialities
maritime imperialisms
mobility and diaspora
performance and the performative
reflective research praxis
thick transregionalism
transoceanic connections
visual and material practices

Conference Web-Site: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/5146701/feminist-futures-indian-ocean-conference