Queering Feminism(s), Neoliberalism, and the Commodification of Intersectionality  (Roundtable)

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

Sharmeen Jariullah (Texas Woman’s University)

Rikki Willingham (Texas Woman’s University)

Feminism does not exist in singularity, and its plurality centers disenfranchised narratives and perspectives. Due to the interwoven structural oppressions based on the social construct of identities, intersectionality’s formation provides a foundation and praxis to theorize and contribute to the dismantling of systemic oppressions. The whitening of intersectionality participates in commodification (Bilge 2015), in stark opposition to its original intentionality (Crenshaw 1991) and calls into question the plurality of feminism as if a hegemonic conceptualization of ‘feminism’ would be preferred, enhanced, or (en)forced. In various societal contexts, the rise of neoliberalism (a byproduct of colonialism and imperialism) has led to a superficial adaptation or co-optation of feminist ideals (McRobbie 2009).

This session seeks contributions that engage with the commodification of feminisms and transnational feminist methods and its interventions in white hegemonic systems. We are interested in identifying ways that feminism(s) have been appropriated to construct binaries that restrict the development of feminist thought, art, and organizing. Further, we are interested in literary texts including, but not limited to, various forms of literature, film, and new/social media, that participate in queering feminism(s). As a Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus-sponsored roundtable session, we invite papers that broadly engage with topics that participate in the queering of feminism(s) to analyze the commodification of intersectionality within a neoliberal context.

Papers may discuss the following questions:

1) What is the relationship between the commodification of intersectionality and neoliberalism within feminism(s)?

2) How has the queering of feminism(s) participated in resisting commodification?

3) How can literary texts contribute to dismantling binaries?

Queering feminism(s) provides framework for reconceptualizing plurality, analyzing neoliberalism, and dismantling byproducts of colonialist structures. This session seeks contributions that engage with the commodification of feminisms and intersectionality, as well as transnational feminist methods and theory as interventions in white hegemonic systems.