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Feminism/s Without Borders?: Perspectives from France & the U.S.

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October 16, Friday
10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews
between 8th Street and Washington Square North

A symposium co-organized with the Institute of French Studies, NYU

Made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, USA, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris

This symposium will put scholars from the U.S. and France into conversation to explore how feminist movements have been divided over such differences as class, religion, sexuality, and race; how feminisms have been institutionalized by the state and by global institutions; and what kinds of alliances are possible across difference (including national difference). Different social and political contexts in France and in the U.S. have come to shape different feminist agendas and alliances in these countries. While French feminisms had to deal with the rhetorical frame of universal and secular Republicanism, U.S. feminisms were faced with the specifics of their racial history as well as the dismantling of the welfare state. Yet, French and American feminisms have constantly fueled each other, from the influence of Beauvoir in the U.S. to the recent importation by French feminists of the notions of postcolonialism and intersectionality. Invited speakers will address and speak from their national contexts, but will also move beyond the national to get to questions about feminisms and the transnational. As a transnational feminist project, then, this symposium moves to ask how ideas travel, what (and who) gets lost in translation, how and which global institutions (for example, the UN, NGOs, internationalized universities) come to shape feminist agendas in different countries.

Keynote address by Joan W. Scott.

Additional presentations and comments by Laure Bereni, Elsa Dorlin, Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Rana Jaleel, James McBride, Ann Pellegrini, and Robert Reid-Pharr.

Welcoming remarks by Catharine R. Stimpson, Edward Berenson, and Frédéric Viguier.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come.

For more information, please call 212-998-8754.

Click here for symposium poster.

10:30 AM: Welcoming remarks and introduction
Dean Catharine R. Stimpson (Graduate School of Arts and Science, NYU)
Edward Berenson (History, NYU)
Frédéric Viguier (IFS, NYU)

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Institutional Legacies of Second-Wave Feminism
Laure Bereni (IFS, NYU)
Rana Jaleel (American Studies, NYU)
Discussant: Victoria Hesford (Women’s Studies, SUNY Stony Brooke)

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM: Feminism and Religion: Current Controversies
Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (Université Paris 13 / IFS, NYU)
James McBride (Liberal Studies, NYU)
Discussant: Ann Pellegrini (CSGS, NYU)

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM: The Future of Intersectionality
Elsa Dorlin (Université de Paris 1- Panthéon Sorbonne)
Robert Reid-Pharr (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Discussant: Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (Université Paris 13 / IFS, NYU)

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM: Keynote: Feminism’s Difference Problem
Joan W. Scott (Institute for Advanced Study)

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