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NeMLA 2020: Intersectionality and the University (NeMLA 2020)

Boston, MA
Organization: NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus
Event: NeMLA 2020
Categories: Graduate Conference, Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-03-05 to 2020-03-08 Abstract Due: 2019-09-30

This session is a part of the 51st annual NeMLA convention in Boston, MA, to be held March 5-8, 2020. Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA's database: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18127

While the university has long been a space for cultivating generations of academics, researchers, and intellectuals, it has never been exempt from the dynamics of power that underlie the workings of such institutions. Recent strides at improving inclusivity—for example greater diversity among faculty and student populations, or increasing numbers of sociopolitically- and culturally-cognizant programs—belie the reality that universities operate along ideological lines that can (re)produce inequities and social hierarchies. This uneven reality manifests in all aspects of graduate school, including the application and admissions process, department culture, campus climate, curriculum choices, professional networking, financial opportunities, socialization practices, and the work/life/family nexus.

Drawing from Kimberle Crenshaw’s concept of intersectionality, this roundtable proposes a holistic approach to understanding and navigating the interpersonal, logistical, and ideological tensions within the university. We seek a diverse group of participants with insights on how to negotiate these issues in life-affirming ways and promote efforts toward greater diversity, inclusion, and equitability in the academe. As a Graduate Student Caucus-sponsored session, we are particularly interested in proposals that address graduate student concerns, but welcome insights from and about tenure-track faculty, contingent and adjunct faculty, undergraduate students, and staff.

Topics might included, but are not limited to:

intersectional perspectives of women, persons of colour, LGBTQIA individuals, immigrants, graduate students with disabilities, mature graduate students, and people across various socioeconomic strata

gendered expectations regarding teaching, service, invisible labor, and family

the legacy of race/racism on campus, particularly in southern universities

national politics and the university, including the rise of sanctuary cities/universities, DREAMER students, difficulties surrounding international conferences, etc.

the needs of differently-abled and differently-identifying academics, how institutional spaces address (or do not address) these concerns, and possible ways to address issues these students face 

safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA individuals

past and present socioeconomic subjectivities, as well as economic stability while a graduate student, contingent/adjunct/temporary faculty, or staff


Please submit proposals of 250-300 words, with a bio of at most 100 words, on how you intend to address one or more of the talking points above.

All submissions must be sent through the NeMLA CFP database: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17448

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019. 

For more information, visit: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla.html

Direct questions to Jennifer Ross (jnross@email.wm.edu ) and Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu).


Dana Gavin