SEWSA 2015 People of Color Caucus Call for Papers

 (Since the CFP deadline has passed, the POC Caucus is no longer accepting submissions.) 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s groundbreaking scholarship introducing the term, intersectionality, to legal and feminist dialogue.  The term—which highlights how race, class, and gender, among other vectors of identity and oppression, intersect—has been vital to the development of Black Feminisms and has become one of the most salient and ubiquitous terms within Women’s and Gender Studies to date.  The People of Color Caucus invites papers that revisit and expand on the feminist vision expressed in Crenshaw’s early work, address some of the nuances and questions that have arisen since the term’s inception and that speak to us today, and outline how intersectional approaches can be implemented to address interpenetrating systems of oppression and liberatory strategies grounded in categories such as race, class, sex, gender, sexuality, nation, ethnicity, coloniality, and (dis)ability.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• The functionality of race and transinclusion across borders and feminist movements, theories, and projects that implement the term, intersectionality
• Border crossings/conflicts, global migrations, the criminalization of immigrant bodies
• The politics of citizenship as it relates to sexuality, gender, biopolitics, and the criminalization of racialized bodies
• Questions of same sex marriage and laws banning homosexuality in African nations
• Increasing economic inequality and the responses of global social movements
• Social networking, activism, and hacktivism
• Latin@, Black, and Transnational feminisms and movements
• Critique/moving beyond the black/white feminist binary  and what the reimagining of racial (and gender) binaries signify re: the future of feminist social justice movements
• How the term is productive/informative to both feminists of color and white feminists
• “Intersexionality” as a means to address the erasure of sexuality (in the most common “race, class, and gender” formula)
• The marginalization of queerness in feminist social justice movements
• Queer interventions in racial politics/queer theories of color
• Reproductive health, rights, and justice
• The medicalization of racialized bodies


Please e-mail individual proposals of 250 words in a Word document by the October 15, 2014 deadline to Shannon Miller, Past-President of SEWSA, at with the subject line"SEWSA POC Caucus 2015."  Please attach a separate 100-word bio, complete with author’s name, pronoun preferences, and institutional/organizational affiliation. SEWSA 2015 will be hosted by FAU and held at the Wyndham Hotel in Boca Raton, Florida on March 26-29, 2015.


In addition, you may be interested in proposing your work to the journal New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture, which has a Call for Papers for 250-500 word proposals out for a special Dec 2015 issue on “Intersectionality for the Global Age” due January 1, 2015 to and – See for more details.