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Feminist No Borders Short Course: “Inhabiting the Borderlands”
Athens, 19-21 June, 2019

To survive the Borderlands
you must live sin fronteras
be a crossroads
– Gloria Anzaldúa, To live in the Borderlands means you

Presented by Feminist Researchers Against Borders* and the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research**

The Short Course is co-organised by members of Feminist Researchers Against Borders, a network of academics and activists, and will be held at the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research in Athens. Following the 2-day taster workshop held in July 2018 at the National Technical University of Athens, the short course will continue to lay the groundwork for the launch of the full, ten-day summer school in June 2020. Designed in a participatory, experimental manner across 3 years, the Feminist No Borders summer school is imagined as a space of emergent politics and creative socialities. Participants will develop their familiarity with intersectional feminist methodologies, no borders framework, decolonial theory, and queer arts and performance practice, by working collaboratively with community experts, organisers, artists, scholars, from all over the world, and those experiencing and struggling against injustice in their daily lives.

The theme for this year’s Short Course is “Inhabiting the Borderlands.” Inspired by the visionary words of Gloria Anzaldúa, her commitment to interconnectedness, and her own praxis of dismantling borders to survive borderlands, tarrying with ambiguity to heal open wounds. Anzaldúa defined writing as “gestures of the body.” We will experiment with this idea, considering what it might mean for our political practices, our writing and other creative practices, and our relationships with each other to be shaped by a deeper interconnection with our embodiment.

How? 3 days of workshops, discussions, performances, and meetings. There are no participation fees. Most of the meals–since food, and nourishing ourselves and each other is so essential to our embodiment–will be created and shared together by all participants. We will also do our best to find solidarity housing and child-care for participants as needed. The Feminist No Borders Short Course is made possible through the generous support of the Critical Social Policy Solidarity Fund. The Short Course is a labour of love of the organisers, who are volunteering their time, in the hope and anticipation of meeting, getting to know, and working with… you.

Who? 20 participants, who may be researchers at any academic level, or working outside academic institutions, activists, artists, documentarians, journalists, etc. The short course will be of particular interest to those whose work reflects the intersections of no borders, queer, antiracist, anticapitalist, antifascist, and feminist commitments, or who would like to develop their practice in this direction. The Short Course is an LGBTQI+ affirmative space, and the participation of trans, intersex, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people is encouraged. Participants will share a work in progress (in any medium) relevant to the theme of the short course. Each presentation will be no longer than 10 minutes, to allow time for discussion and synthesis amongst participants. The Short Course will culminate in a “collaborative expression,” which participants will co-produce, and a closing assembly, where future interventions may be planned amongst participants.

When? June 19-21 2019 (arrive 18 June and depart 22 June)

Where? FAC Research (Ag. Panteleimonos 7,  Athens 10446) and various locations mainly in the centre of Athens.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 24 April 2019, 11:59 p.m. (EET). In your expression of interest, sent as a single PDF file to criticalfeministnetwork@gmail.com AND feministautonomouscentre@gmail.com.

CfP short course Flyer.

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