ISSEI’s 16th Conference The University of Zaragoza, Spain, 2‐5 July 2019 WORKSHOP New Feminisms in a Transnational and Transmodern World

ISSEI’s 16th Conference
The University of Zaragoza, Spain, 2‐5 July 2019
New Feminisms in a Transnational and Transmodern World
Chair: Pellicer‐Ortín, Silvia


CFP_ISSEI workshop_ New Feminisms


ISSEI’s 16th Conference
The University of Zaragoza, Spain, 2‐5 July 2019
New Feminisms in a Transnational and Transmodern World
Chair: Pellicer‐Ortín, Silvia
University of Zaragoza, Spain,
An increasing number of scholars have described the new global reality as
transmodernity: “an umbrella term that connotes [today’s] emerging socio‐cultural,
economic, political and philosophical shift.” It is, moreover, “essentially postpatriarchal
in a sense that women’s visions and intuitions are to be recognized as indispensable in
order to invent together innovative urgent solutions” (Ateljevic, 2013: 201, 203).
Contemporary feminists Myra Marx Ferree and Aili Mari Tripp argue that gender should
play a more significant role in the globalised world because “globalization can work to
women’s advantage… but also unleash forces of inequality that will further disadvantage
women.” “[F]eminism in the twenty‐first century has unmistakably global dimensions
but is also ever less obviously one, single movement. Diversity and differences, not only
by race and class but also in national culture and policy, shape the interests that women
define as their own” (Ferree and Mari, 2006: 22, vii).
Among the great variety of feminist trends, transnational and intersectional
feminisms deserve special consideration. Transnational feminist critiques of race and
gender have connected Western feminist perspectives with those in other parts of the
world. Their central claim is that gender‐based subjugation cannot be separated “from
other forms of geopolitical, colonial, and material economic, racial, gender, and sexual
oppression” (Blackwell, Briggs, Chiu, 2015: 7). Thus “transnational activism brings
feminists out of their local contexts to work across national borders, and feminist
discourses, such as the definition of women’s rights as human rights, travel from the
international level where they were first formulated to offer new leverage to local
activists” (Ferree and Tripp, 2006: vii–viii). Transnational feminism draws on the “rightsbased
approach” to study how global processes affect women’s lives. Similarly,
intersectional feminism focuses on the study of the repression of women in terms of the
social constructions of female identities: not only gender but also class, religion,
sexuality and race. It stresses “the importance of attending to the multiple social
structures and processes that intertwine to produce specific social positions and
identities” (Anthias, 2012: 106).
This workshop will explore textual and artistic representations of transnational
and intersectional feminisms, together with other feminist theories (material and
corporeal, ecofeminism). It is often by and through women’s artworks that
transnational, hybrid, and marginalised female identities can acquire a distinctive voice,
foster new bonds, and further the struggle for social justice.
We welcome papers that explore the ways in which artworks present, articulate and
redefine concepts of femininity and feminism in a transmodern world.

Suggested topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
– Intersectional Feminism
– Transnational Feminism
– Ecofeminism, gender and sustainability
– Postcolonial and anti‐racist feminist theories
– Postfeminism and Fourth Wave Feminism
– Material Feminism, New Materialisms and Corporeal Feminism
– Posthumanism and Feminism
– Transcultural and transnational construction of female memories and identities
– Gender, Travelling Bodies and Border Theory
– Affectivity, Mobility and Feminism
– Cosmopolitanism and Feminism
– Migration across Europe: Trans‐European female identities
– Feminism and Science Fiction
– Utopias, Dystopias and Feminist Studies
Please send proposals (300‐350 word abstracts) to Silvia Pellicer Ortín by March 31,
2019 at


Works Cited
Alexander, M. J. Pedagogies of Crossing: Mediations on Feminism, Sexual Politics,
Memories and the Sacred. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.
Anthias, F. “Transnational Mobilities, Migration Research and Intersectionality.” Nordic
Journal of Migration Research 2.2 (2012): 102–10.
Ateljevic, I. “Visions of Transmodernity: A New Renaissance of our Human History?”
Integral Review 9.2 (June 2013): 200–19.
Blackwell, M., L. Briggs, and M. Chiu. “Trasnational Feminisms Roundatble.” Frontiers
36.3 (2015): 1–25.
Ferree, M. M., and A. M. Tripp, eds. Global Feminism: Transnational Women’s Activism,
Organizing, and Human Rights. New York: New York University Press, 2006.
Rodríguez, Magda, and Rosa María. “Transmodernidad: un nuevo paradigm.”
Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso‐Hispanic
World 1.1 (2011): 1–13.