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SWS Summer Meeting 2022 Call for Papers

“Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics – Part Two”

Roberta Villalón, President
Program Committee: Veronica Montes, Erika Busse-Cardenas, Alexis Grant-Panting, MaryAnn Vega, Tracy Ore 

Submissions due: May 17th, 2022 (by 11:59 EDT) 

2022 Summer Meeting Submission System 

https://sws.memberclicks.net/2022smsubmission

 

The global pandemic unleashed by COVID-19 exacerbated pre-existing social inequalities while simultaneously generating intersecting issues across socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, geopolitical lines worldwide. As feminist sociologists, we were able to identify the inequalities that were intensified and were also ready to join forces with the many social movements devoted to dismantling systems and practices of oppression.  However, we were frustrated with the arbitrariness of local, national, regional and international policy-making, the widespread resistance to be informed by science and the persistence of disciplinary and partisan fragmentation and mutual distrust, all of which delayed or prevented the imperative need of bridging across differences to collectively address a global threat to humanity. Moreover, we were puzzled with the ontological and epistemological crisis that the coronavirus presented: assumptions about the form and nature of social reality as well as existing theories of knowledge and research methodologies were put into deep questioning. 

In our 2022 Hybrid Winter Meeting, we began to reflect on how this complex crisis challenges feminist sociologies. In panels, roundtables, workshops, pleanaries and other sessions, SWS members discussed the following questions: How should we rethink the way we do social science as feminist sociologists? How can feminist sociologists be more effective in advancing equity across geographical, political, economic, and intersecting social and cultural borders?  How can feminist sociologists work together and learn from/with social movements activists and public forces? How can we best understand and also contribute to collective solidarities? How can feminist sociologies do better to restore current and prevent future crises?  

In this new historical time – one that has been described as the real beginning of the XXI century and labeled as ‘The Era of Global Pandemics’ by thinkers like Boaventura de Sousa Santos – we must urgently dismantle the forces that shaped history: from colonialism and capitalism (with its intimate accomplices, classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism and more) to the anthropocene. How can we update our feminist sociologies so that, instead of reacting to the inconsistencies of a new era, we can imagine a different future by shaping it proactively and creatively in the present? How could we engage with critical interdisciplinary and humanistic traditions to further enhance our modes of thinking and theorizing? In short, how can we imagine liberatory feminist sociologies in our times?  

Join us this Summer to continue the conversations we started in the Winter so that we can ensure that the relevance of feminist thought and practice becomes key to turning the page, end the era of extreme inequalities, and build alternative futures.

We welcome submissions for:

  • Panels (new ones and sequels of the ones held during the Winter Meeting) 
  • Workshops (new ones and sequels of the ones held during the Winter Meeting) 
  • Papers addressing the ASA 2022 Annual Meeting theme, “Bureaucracies of Displacement” from a feminist perspective 
  • Papers and works in progress for Roundtables
  • 2021 & 2022 publications (books, edited volumes, chapters or articles) to be displayed in the SWS meeting rooms and have a scheduled time for authors to be present and have informal conversations about their research, writing and publication process. 
  • Themed Conversation Tables to be scheduled in the SWS Hospitality Suite to have the chance to freely talk about specific topics with SWS members (such as job applications, graduate student life, dealing with toxic environments, balancing work and personal time, etc.)  

Moreover, we accept self-nominations to become a roundtable moderator, which we will accommodate according to the total number of roundtables organized.  

Please be reminded that SWS Summer Meetings are held in tandem with the ASA Annual Meeting. As per a long-standing agreement between SWS and ASA, SWS Summer Meeting attendees must be registered for the ASA 2022 Annual Meeting

We recognize that meeting costs add up, therefore, 50 complimentary ASA Annual Meeting Registrations will be granted to SWS Summer Meeting participants. All SWS Summer Meeting participants are invited to apply for these complimentary ASA Meeting Registrations, but we will prioritize student members who do not have institutional support to participate, such as those who submitted papers to ASA, but were rejected and are unable to count on potential institutional funding. Moreover, SWS will subsidize the cost of Summer 2022 Meeting Registration by 30%, 20% or 10% by those who request funds, and will offer the opportunity for members to add 30%, 20% or 10% to their registration fees if they can pay more. 

The cost of registering for the SWS Summer Meeting is $75 for higher income members, and $40 for students and retired members as well as members with an annual income lower than $40,000. Registration includes the Awards Banquet to be held on Sunday evening at the LA Convention Center. SWS members will also be able to watch the portions of the SWS Summer Meeting program that will be livestreamed for a suggested donation of $10. 

Regarding Covid-19 protocols, all SWS attendees must comply with ASA Health Regulations

SWS: United Against All Wars. For an Intersectional and Global Solidarity

SWS: United Against All Wars. For an Intersectional and Global Solidarity

As an organization of intersectional feminist sociologists caring for international matters, SWS wholeheartedly supports the position statement and call for action developed by FG DeKolonial e.V. – association for antiracist, postcolonial, and decolonial thought and practice – regarding the Ukraine War, in recognition of the historical gendered dynamics of military conflict including the systematic use of sexual violence and revictimization of marginalized populations, and the multiple groups that have experienced genocide besides the ones mentioned below, like the Yazidi people in Northen Iraq and the Rohunga people in Myanmar:

United Against All Wars. For an Intersectional and Global Solidarity

UNITED AGAINST ALL WARS!

FOR AN INTERSECTIONAL AND GLOBAL SOLIDARITY

With the Russian government’s military attack on Ukraine, a new war has been raging since February 24, 2022, intensifying day by day, endangering millions of people and forcing them to seek refuge.

We stand in solidarity with the people who have to endure war, with those who have to flee, and with the courageous demonstrators in Russia and Belarus who, despite harsh restrictions and violent interventions, have not remained silent, and took to the streets to criticize their government’s decision to declare war on Ukraine.

The worldwide outcry that this war causes is indispensable. In addition to our unconditional solidarity with the people in Ukraine affected by this aggressive war, our solidarity is also with all those people who endure war but hardly ever receive such global media attention, and who are exposed to ongoing violence in the shadow of the current events, as is the case with the civilian populations in Tigray, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, but also with the Armenians in Artsakh, attacked by Azerbaijan, the Kurds in Afrin, bombed by Turkey, and the genocide-affected Uyghur population in China, whose right to life, and to self-determination is fundamentally under attack.

Following the multiple interventions by communities of color and antiracist initiatives, we too want to express our concern about the growing racist and racializing divisions. It is with great concern and deep sadness that we observe how especially Black people, Romani people, and Refugees of Color have to face racism and racial discrimination. We condemn how Black people, Romani people and People of Color who have fled the war in Ukraine are being treated at border controls: This is racial profiling!

Meanwhile, the construction of an illiberal and undemocratic „East“, in contrast to the image of a peace-loving West-European self-presentation, is reflected in newly inflamed anti-Slavic, anti-Russian and anti-Ukrainian hostility and discrimination in the everyday experiences of these people in the West, which urgently needs to be addressed from an antiracist perspective. The fact that people fleeing the Ukraine are imagined as „white“, and generalized and homogenized within a collective subjectivity, loses sight of various forms of racism and anti-Semitism in Ukraine, which many Ukrainians are also confronted with as Jews, Muslims and Romani people.

At the same time, People of Color are prevented from fleeing and structurally excluded from humanitarian aid, contrary to all pro-Ukrainian declarations of solidarity and debureaucratized EU refugee policies that insist on ‚humanity‘. This practice is supported by a racialized dichotomic policy which differentiates between ‚European neighbors in need of help‘ as legitimate refugees, and ’normal refugees‘, ‚illegal migrants‘ and stateless minorities, who for generations have been and still are part of the different countries – a narrative that increasingly appears these days in media coverages. In short, the colonial and racist structure of European migration and citizenship policies are once again manifesting themselves in well-known cruelty, as is particularly evident in the forced immobilization of refugees, and vulnerable groups in Libya and Afghanistan, for example.

On the macroeconomic level, the legitimization of militarization, and liberalization of the arms trade, from which German corporations particularly profit, is experiencing a new upswing. After years of international inaction against Russia’s policy of aggression against Ukraine, which already began with the annexation of the Crimea and the occupation of parts of the Donbass in 2014, the now hastily adopted sanctions will lead not only to the further impoverishment of a large part of the Russian population, but also to the precarization of already marginalized groups and states in the Global South. This underscores the need for a long-term global and postcolonial perspective on the current war in order to rethink policy instruments against wars with regard to their effectiveness and paradoxes. The global dimension of this war is all the more evident in the currently constructed scenario of a nuclear threat, and the politically and ecologically disastrous dependence on fossil fuels.

Imperialist wars must be clearly named as such – in this and all other cases – and analyzed and criticized by considering overlapping global asymmetries, in order to enable effective forms of solidarity and peace policy.

In this sense, our solidarity must be practical and intersectional. Much needs to be done to work towards the safety of Black people, Romani people and People of Color as they seek refuge – in the current conflict as well as in any other. Special attention must be paid to multiply-discriminated and particularly vulnerable groups, especially LGBTIQA+ communities, queer People of Color, Black and Romani people, Jewish and Muslim people living in Europe, and people with dis_abilities. Finally, it is important to keep in mind that fleeing the war, any war, also depends on gender. Cis men as well as trans* people are being conscripted into the military, and exposed to the traumas of war without any attention to their fundamental right to bodily integrity and sexual self-determination.

We stand for an intersectional solidarity that applies to all people in Ukraine, to all refugees, and all those fleeing from Ukraine, to all refugees from other violent conflicts in the world, and to all people and communities in Europe, and around the world whose daily experiences of violence do not receive international attention.

We oppose all wars, and we demand a global peace from which all people in the world as well as the environment can benefit, and in which all can prosper.

Solidarity must be intersectional and global!

#AllRefugeeLivesMatter

#StopWarEverywhere

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SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Awardee, Dr. Katie Acosta, to give Campus Visit Talk at Carroll College on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm MDT – Zoom Link Available

SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Awardee, Dr. Katie Acosta, to give Campus Visit Talk at Carroll College on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm MDT.

Click HERE to learn more about how to access the Zoom Link. The event is free and open to the public.

Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Katie Acosta, the 2020 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award Winner.

 

Special Thanks to the 2022 Winter Meeting Sponsors!

 

NYU PRESS sponsored the Getting a Book Published & Revising a Manuscript for Publication Workshop.

The University of New Mexico Department of Sociology Congratulates Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Awardee.

For more information on SAGE Publishing, please visit: https://group.sagepub.com/about

For more information on University of North Texas Women’s and Gender Studies, please visit: https://womensstudies.unt.edu/

SWS 2022 Winter Meeting Plenary I: Feminist Mobilizing for Better Futures

10:00 am – 11:30 am MDT (Plenary will be Live Streamed.)

Plenary I: Feminist Mobilizing for Better Futures: A Transnational Perspective

Chair: Esther Hernández-Medina, Pomona College

Participants:

  • Barbara Sutton, Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University at Albany, “The Power of the Green Tide: Feminist Mobilizations for Abortion Rights in Argentina”
  • Lizeth Sinisterra, Professor, Department of Social Studies, Universidad Icesi, “¡Es cuestión de dignidad!: mujeres afrodescendientes sosteniendo la vida en medio de la muerte” (It’s a matter of dignity!: Afrodescendant women sustaining life among death)
  • Manisha Desai, Head of Sociology Department, Professor, Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, “Why Feminist Futures? What about a Just Present? Reflections on a Dalit Women’s Collective Farm in Tamil Nadu, India”
  • Hülya Gülbahar, EŞİK – Women’s Platform for Equality, Turkey – SWS Global Feminist Partner (GFP), “In search of a method for feminist organizing against masculinist restoration: The experience of the Women’s Platform for Equality (ESIK)”
  • SM Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Gender, Rights and Human Rights, London School of Economics, Africanist, “Anti Carceral Feminisms for Decolonial Futures”
  • Katherina Tatiana Cabrera Cordero, Encargada de Juventud, Confederación Nacional de Mujeres del Campo (CONAMUCA), República Dominicana, “Debemos luchar por un mundo donde socialmente seamos iguales, humanamente diferentes y totalmente libres” (We must fight for a world where we are socially equal, humanly different and completely free)

Learn more about all the programming for the 2022 SWS Winter Meeting: https://socwomen.org/winter-meeting-2022/.

Register for the Virtual 2022 Winter Meeting to get access to this plenary as it is being live streamed: https://sws.memberclicks.net/22wmrvirtual.

SWS Feminist Intersections Podcast Call for Guests

SWS Feminist Intersections Podcast Call for Guests

The SWS Feminist Intersections Podcast is a collaboration between the Media Relations and Social Action Committees. Our goal for the podcast is to share SWS members’ activism and research with each other and the broader public. You can listen to our first episode on most Podcast services, or here on Buzzsprout.

We are currently looking for guests to be featured in our 2022 episodes. Our theme for the year is aligned with the 2022 winter meeting theme: “Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics.” If your work is in conversation with this theme – directly or indirectly – we want to hear from you! We want to feature activism, community work, applied sociology, and research in our episodes.

Our podcast will be released once monthly, beginning in March. We are currently looking for a minimum of 8 guests.

Who are you looking for?

We are looking for folks who…

  • are current members of SWS
  • are willing to participate in other forms of SWS social media (such as taking photos of recommended books for our Instagram or doing a short Q&A for our blog, etc.)
  • are available within the timeline of recordings
  • are engaged in research, applied sociology, community work, or activism related to the theme “Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics.”

I’m in! What next?

If you are interested in being a guest on Feminist Intersections, please fill out this Google Form and we will reach out to you regarding scheduling and for more information.

How will you choose guests?

If we receive more responses than we have for episode availability, guests will be chosen based on their orientation to this year’s theme. If guests are not chosen for the first round of episodes, they will be placed on a list of potential guests for future episodes. There is a possibility that we will be able to record more than once a month and will be able to feature more SWS members. We ask that you bear with us as we learn the best way to feature guests through trial and error.

Please email SWS Media Relations Chair, Erin Baker erin.bakergiese@minotstateU.edu with any questions.

Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is April 1, 2022 

Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is April 1, 2022

Next Deadline is April 1, 2022

PDF of 2022 Flyer

Social Actions Initiative Awards

SWS FUNDS AVAILABLE!

Submit applications through the SWS Member Portal.

https://sws.memberclicks.net/april12022awards

You do not need to be an SWS member to apply or nominate someone for these awards, but you need to use the portal. You will need to log in as a SWS Member or create a new account.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal and want more information or want to have your questions answered, join us on Monday, March 21st at 12:00 pm EST over Zoom for an information/Q&A session with the Social Action Committee co-chairs, Kris De Welde and Heather Hlavka.

Zoom link:  https://cofc.zoom.us/j/84212839755

Current SWS members can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support broadly defined social action initiatives (e.g., advocacy, public education, organizing, movement-building).

Brought to you by the Social Action Committee of SWS. 
Two 2022 Funding Cycles.
Deadlines:

  • April 1st
  • October 1st

Learn more about the award and previous winners: https://socwomen.org/awards/social-actions-initiative-awards-2/

Questions? Contact Kris De Welde or Heather Hlavka (Social Action Committee Co-Chairs): deweldek@cofc.edu and heather.hlavka@marquette.edu

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Can I Apply? Demystifying The SWS Awards Process – Join Us on March 7, 2022 from 7-8 pm EST

SWS Graduate/Student Workshop & Toolkit Series Hosted by the SWS Student Caucus and SWS Student Caucus 

Join Us on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm EST 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkcemsrj4tHNXnsRhIXuCFUNZW7Q-0Kepd

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Can I Apply? Demystifying The SWS Awards ProcessThis is a discussion aimed at students and anyone interested in understanding more about SWS Awards and the application process. We will be joined by past winners who will share their insights on the process and what it means to be an awardee.

Why join this session?• To learn more about SWS Awards• Gain a better understanding of the awards process• Speak with past winners including Trang Thu Đỗ (Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship Awardee), Sekani Robinson (Cheryl Allyn Miller Awardee), Roxanna Villalobos (Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Awardee), and Brandi Perri (Beth B. Hess Memorial Dissertation Scholarship Awardee) to gain guidance on how to put together a strong application.