Feminism & the Politics of Appropriation Conference (now!)

Feminism & the Politics of Appropriation | | Women & Gender Studies InstituteWomen & Gender Studies Institute. November 11-12, 2011

Keynote: Rosemary Coombe and Carys Craig


This conference is animated by the question of how feminisms are shaped by the politics of appropriation.  It brings together feminist scholars from across Canada to collectively deliberate over how contemporary appropriation works and what alternative forms of exchange can be imagined.   Following Marx, appropriation is often theorized as a violent act of taking, producing alienation and property from acts of creation.  Yet, within contemporary arts and new media, acts of digital appropriation are also performed as radical interventions that seek to subvert property regimes and authorial relations.  Within anti-colonial and indigenous struggles, cultural appropriation is a form of epistemic violence that has accompanied material acts of theft and injury. Moreover, to appropriate can also mean to make proper and suitable, and thus to ethicize.

Given these multiple meanings of appropriation, this conference invites participants to track how feminisms and other political projects have also been appropriated, dis-assembled, remade within transnational circuits and new (as well as old) imperialisms.

  • How to theorize the work of appropriation today?
  • How does appropriation condition politics, as well as feminism?
  • What might feminist alternatives to appropriation look like?

I am looking forward to a guest post on Sunday about this Conference – stay tuned.

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