Amidst an ever-rising tide, fueled by global waves of bigotry and hatred, the time has come for all of us in the Arts and Sciences to band together and recognize that all of our struggles are intersectional. In the words of Audre Lorde, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not lead single issue lives.”
Now in its fourth year at Emory University, Critical Juncture offers a forum, an interdisciplinary node for emerging scholars, artists and activists to present their work, and together advocate for social justice progress.
Critical Juncture 2017: The Work of Art, will explore how art works to defy, resist, and call attention to the particular injustices produced by the social construction of Disability, Race, Gender, and Sexuality. As these topics are by no means mutually exclusive, we also seek thoughtful contributors who engage problematic issues involving Social Class, Ageism, Ableism and Geographic Determinism, etc.
Over three days at Emory University, we will convene graduate students, researchers, and activists to explore the ways our scholarship and practice of the arts can be leveraged for social justice. These presenters will be organized into a series of thematically-linked panels discuss their works-in-progress through an interdisciplinary lens.
We will host Special Seminars, featuring internationally-renowned leaders from the intersecting spheres of the arts, NGO’s, and academia. In these workshops, speakers will share how they leverage diverse training in the arts and sciences, translating theory-to-practice through engaging the most salient issues in social justice advocacy.
The conference will conclude with Art@Work, a film festival featuring short pieces selected for their particular emphasis on the empowerment of marginalized communities, expansive perspectives of disability, sexuality, race, and/or gender. Filmmakers may read more about submission-guidelines on our website; contributions from non-academic or community organizers will be especially welcomed.
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