Radical Feminism, Sexuality, and Resistance

Academic Year: 
2017 to 2018
Breanne Fahs (Women and Gender Studies, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and
Elizabeth Brake (Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Eric Swank (Social and Cultural Analysis, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
Sarah Stage (Women and Gender Studies, History, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and

This research cluster highlights the interplay between radical feminist thought—that is, the political project of going to the roots of gendered inequalities—alongside sexuality and political resistance.  We look at marginalized groups and ideologies (e.g., indigenous rights, radical environmentalism) and we make unexpected connections among allies (e.g., radical feminist men, heterosexual allies for LGBT rights) as a way to deconstruct hierarchies around how radical feminism, sexuality, and resistance are conceptualized within the academy.  We are specifically interested in interrogating (and perhaps strengthening) the relationship between activism and the academy, particularly with regard to radical feminist and LGBT modes of resistance.  This year the cluster is aiming to bring in three diverse scholar/activists to give workshops and lectures on campus.

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