Article by Betsi Robinson
Several hundred people will gather on the campus of UNCG April 18-20 for “Outrage!: Discourses, Practices, and Politics of Protest and Social Transformation,” the 2013 conference of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association.
Presented by UNCG’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the conference topic was chosen in the wake of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Organizers anticipate discussion about the interrelationships among women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and social change.
The conference features five keynote speakers: Caitlin Breedlove and Kai Lumumba Barrow of Southerners on New Ground, Wahneema Lubiano of Duke University, UCLA’s Victoria Marks, and Andrea Smith, author and co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project.
The North Carolina premiere of a new documentary film, “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006),” also will take place during the conference. The film explores the extraordinary life of Braden, hailed as a white southerner who was “eloquent and prophetic” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ostracized as a “red,” she mentored three generations of social justice activists.
The premier will take place at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Elliott University Center Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion. A limited number of free tickets are available for the community. Additional community members will be accommodated at the door on a first come, first served basis.
There also are a limited number of tickets to all keynote addresses. Registration and additional information about the conference is available here.
Conference co-chairs are Dr. Gwen Hunnicutt, the director of graduate study for WGS and associate professor of sociology, and Dr. Carisa Showden, associate professor of political science and the chair of WGS’s Sally and Alan Cone Awards Committee.
Conference organizers expect between 300 and 500 presenters and attendees.
Tickets for conference keynotes and special events are available in limited numbers for the community.