Call for Papers: CJ18 – Crossing Borders

Critical Juncture 2018
Crossing Borders: Spaces, Times, Forms
April 13-14, 2018 at Emory University

“A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition.” (Anzaldúa 1987: 3)

Critical Juncture, now in its fifth year at Emory University, is a grad student – young faculty conference committed to thinking through intersections of traditional academic disciplines, as well as fostering creative intellectual conversations about the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability. This year, we mark the thirty year anniversary of the publication of Gloria Anzaldúa’s endlessly generative Borderlands/La Frontera.

Critical Juncture 2018 asks scholars, artists and activists across all disciplines: what are borders, and how do we live, inhabit, transgress and transform them? In particular, we invite renewed investigations into the complex, layered and contradictory landscapes of race, geography, sexuality, gender, class, poetry, materiality, history, critical thought and spirituality that Anzaldúa has laid out for us.

Themes and topics for the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:

– theories of intersectionality

– feminist, queer, Black, Latina, Chicana, critical geographies

– trans* lives/narratives/philosophy/theory

– disciplinary and institutional borders; interdisciplinary borderlands

– practices and languages of translation

– disability/universal design/collective access

– immigration, refugees and citizenship

– academic and activist work: dissonances and continuities

– human/animal/plant/cyborg/machine/AI

The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Aimee Cox, Associate Professor in African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. Her first monograph, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke 2015), unfolds at the intersections of Anthropology, Black Studies, and Performance Studies.

We will have a plenary devoted specifically to reflections on Anzaldúa’s work and newer perspectives on intersectionality. As part of the conference proceedings, we will also hold short seminars conducted by local activists and emerging scholars.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts to by January 5, 2018 as a docx. file. Include your name, institutional affiliation and title of the paper in the submission email. Your abstract should not contain any identifying information. Acceptances will be notified by end of January 2018.


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