Cornell University

During the fall semester, in-person concerts, events and lectures that involve outside guests will not be held, per the university’s COVID-19 travel and visitor policy.

The Future is Feminist: A Feminist Theory Book Club

Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event

The coronavirus epidemic has made the vulnerability of the human body all too palpable. Anyone can get sick. Yet some populations are more vulnerable than others. The virus has cast these inequities and injustices - born of histories of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia - into high relief. Can attending to shared bodily vulnerabilities strengthen individual and collective responses to structural inequalities? How do care, critique, and surveillance coexist in a moment in which our responsibility to and for one another has taken on additional urgency? What do differing definitions of what some are calling a “culture of mutual responsibility” convey about institutional and governmental priorities? Is mutual responsibility possible within the context of physical and social distancing?

September 20: Conceptualizing Vulnerability

  • Judith Butler, “Violence, Mourning, Politics”
  • Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, introduction, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore, introduction, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

    Link to September readings!

October 18: Self-Care and Mutual Aid

  • Elijah Adiv Edelman, 'Beyond Resilience: Trans Coalitional Activism as Radical Self-Care"
  • Hi‘ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart; Tamara Knees, "Radical Care: Survival Strategies for Uncertain Times"
  • Micki McGee, "Capitalism's Care Problem: Some Traces, Fixes, and Patches" Cotten Seiler, "The Origins of White Care"
  • Dean Spade, "Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival"

        Link to October readings!

November 15: Emotional Labor: Mothering as Activism

Free and open to the everyone

Sundays 4:00-5pm

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Sponsored by Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

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