Intersectionality Conference

The Critical Race Studies program at UCLA is planning an exciting conference on intersectionality this March. (Full disclosure: The Women & Law Project at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is principal conference co-sponsor, and I’m the Women & Law chair this year.) A number of very good speakers will be participating, including well-known legal scholars like Patricia Williams and Mari Matsuda as well as many scholars from other disciplines. The full list of speakers so far is very impressive. In addition, the conference organizers have issued a call for papers which relate to the topic of intersectionality, with submissions due by January 15th. The overall conference description is:

Since the publication of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s formative articles – Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race & Sex (1989), and Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics & Violence Against Women of Color (1994) – the concept of intersectionality has traversed more than a dozen academic disciplines and transnational and popular political discourse, generated multiple conferences, monographs, and anthologies, and animated hundreds of articles and essays. In the twenty years since Crenshaw introduced intersectionality, critiques of identity politics and multiculturalism and, more recently, claims of a “post-racial” era have blossomed. In 2010, we will re-visit the origins of intersectionality as a theoretical frame and site of legal interventions and consider its still unfolding potential for unmasking subordination and provoking social change.

More information about the conference can be found here. I would encourage interested Concurring Opinions readers to take a look at this very interesting conference information, and if possible consider submitting a proposal or attending the conference.

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