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Love, Happiness, Rage: Feelings and Feminism in the Social Media Age (Roundtable) (51st NeMLA Convention)

Boston, MA
Organization: Northeast Modern Languages Association
Event: 51st NeMLA Convention
Categories: Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, 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

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Love, Happiness, Rage: Feelings and Feminism in the Social Media Age (Roundtable)

51st Annual NeMLA Convention: March 5-8, 2020 (Boston, MA)

deadline for submissions:
September 30, 2019


Creative frameworks and fresh perspectives are invited for this roundtable focusing on the intersections between feelings and feminism in the age of social media. What needs to be mobilized? What has yet to be theorized? How does feminism in the age of social media intersect with the discourse of feelings? How can we understand the new feminist movements emerging in the age of #MeToo and “Time’s Up”? Where feelings once stigmatized women, helping to keep them marginalized, can they now be deployed to reclaim power? Papers, presentations, and performances invited in all modern languages.


Full panel description below and at this link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18057

Please note: you do not need to be a NEMLA member to submit an abstract.

Abstract submission guidelines:

http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html

Convention information:

http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html

Questions about the panel: st521@nyu.edu

Areas: Women's and Gender Studies / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Love, Happiness, Rage: Feelings and Feminism in the Social Media Age
(Roundtable)
Creative frameworks and fresh perspectives are invited for this roundtable focusing on the intersections between feelings and feminism in the age of social media. What needs to be mobilized? What has yet to be theorized? How does feminism in the age of social media intersect with the discourse of feelings?

As Serena Williams recounts in her recent advertisement: “If we show emotion, we’re called dramatic.”

In All About Love, bell hooks made a passionate appeal for the reconsideration of love as a much-needed practice of everyday life, while she also despairs of the complete cynicism of young people not believing in love.

Reflecting on her second novel, Indian writer Arundhati Roy says -- “I think love is the only redemption we have. As a species, we know how to hate and how to kill, but how to love and whom to love… is difficult.” If the problem with love is that we do not understand it well enough, happiness is a term over-saturated with meaning.

Sara Ahmed frames her brilliant critique of this feeling in “The Promise of Happiness,” interrogating the ubiquitous presence of the term, its promise, and its role as the ultimate arbiter of one’s success or failure in life.

Finally, rage has made a very visible appearance recently via social media and mass media, mobilizing millions to march for women’s rights and against sexual violence.

Changing the conversation requires leveling the playing field, or as Emma Watson concludes in her short film “Hurdles,” – “Equality. Now.”

How can we understand the new feminist movements emerging in the age of #MeToo and “Time’s Up”? Where feelings once stigmatized women, helping to keep them marginalized, can they now be deployed to reclaim power?

Papers, presentations, and performances invited in all modern languages.

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18057

st521@nyu.edu

st521@nyu.edu