SENECA FALLS DIALOGUES: COMMITMENTS TO FEMINISM AFTER THE ELECTION
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SENECA FALLS DIALOGUES BLOG

Submit brief analysis, reflection, long essays, poetry, visual essays, or video to sfdialogues@gmail.com. Content will be unedited, but we will not post any material that is hateful toward any identity category.

We are experiencing a Republican post-election platform that “stigmatizes and dehumanized Mexican-Americans, immigrants and undocumented people, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Muslims, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault, women, allies, and those whose identities occupy two or more of these identities” (NWSA). We on the Seneca Falls Dialogues advisory committee reject the divisiveness upon which the Republican candidate established this platform, and we stand united in the belief that intersectional feminist scholarship, teaching, art, and action remain vital and urgent paths forward.

The Seneca Falls Dialogues are an important space in our region where feminists talk, face-to-face, about the issues of the moment that matter to us. We gathered together in October 2016, just weeks before the Presidential election, and captured our feelings as we headed toward election day. Now, to capture your post-election responses, we invite you to contribute to our website’s blog, “Seneca Falls Digital Dialogues: Commitments to Feminism after the Election.”

Please take a moment to document your response to the presidential election and the policies it promises to enact, discussing what this new era means for you and your family, your work, your communities, and for bigger questions of justice, civil liberties, artistic and activist possibilities and commitments.

We are interested in submission formats that include short analysis or reflective essays, poetry, visual essays, short videos, or multimodal compositions. As your contributions come in we will upload them to the blog on the Seneca Falls Dialogues website, and circulate them as widely as we can.

The following questions may help to frame or inspire your original contribution:

  1. How can those of us who gathered in Seneca Falls best respond to the election outcome and its aftermath?
  2. Given our conference theme of gender and economics, what does labor look like for you under this presidential administration? What economic realities are you most concerned about?
  3. Given the SFD talk by keynote Brenda Ann Kenneally, what is the role of art in this new presidential reality?
  4. What does the election outcome mean for feminist practice and coalition-building?
  5. How do we think regionally in our responses to the election? To what extent can Seneca Falls inspire future activist projects?
  6. What does our activist work and community involvement look like now as we try and heal and make sense of our lives under this new regime?
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