CfP: Women of the Global South and its Diasporas: Rights, Representation, Activism Symposium

From the Women’s Paths Research Group:

Call for Papers

Women of the Global South and its Diasporas: Rights, Representation, Activism Symposium

5th of June 2018

Deadline for abstracts: Monday April 16th 2018

Women’s Paths is a research group based at University of Leeds. It was established in 2015 by feminist researchers from a variety of disciplines to bridge the gap between women’s issues in the community and feminist scholarship. This year’s focus is to promote intersectional feminism and issues that particularly effect BAME women. Our seminar series has explored transwomen and feminism, violence against women and Caribbean feminisms thus far.

Women’s Paths’ symposium aims to explore how feminist scholarship and practice might coalesce to create real change for women of the Global South, including in the diaspora. This symposium is an important platform to hear and discuss urgent issues, challenges, initiatives and achievements which are significant to the lives of women of colour. We bring together scholars researching across a range of disciplines to form a multidisciplinary approach to how we might cooperatively confront a multiplicity of experiences and issues. The scope of this symposium includes, but is not restricted to the following topics:

  • Global Feminist Theories, Politics and Activism
  • Intersections of identities (i.e. religion, disability, gender- particularly trans and non-binary)
  • Discrimination and human rights violations
  • Environmentalism and sustainable development
  • Development and decolonisation
  • Sexuality and reproductive rights (LGBTQIA, sexual health, cultural, social and economic issues)
  • Resistance through creativity (performance, art, literature, spirituality, love, Afrofuturism, black joy)

Abstract Guidelines

We invite academic papers, practise-based reflections, and creative performances responding to the theme. If you wish to present a paper, we invite you to submit an abstract. The length of the abstract should not exceed 250 words. It should be written in English, in format Times New Roman, pt. 12 and submitted via email: (to Amber Lascelles: and Ope Adegbulu:

In the abstract header, please include a short bio.

The abstract should contain the following elements:

  • The subject of the paper
  • The aim of the paper
  • Themes that would be covered by the paper (3-4) key words)

Deadline for abstracts: Monday April 16th 2018

Our symposium is funded by the Postcolonial Studies Association, the British Sociological Association’s Migration, Diaspora and Transnationalism Study Group, and the School of Law at the University of Leeds. A number of travel bursaries will be provided.

Women’s Paths look forward to bringing people together for a pertinent symposium addressing women’s rights. We hope to build lasting connections between academics, PhD researchers and activists to inspire action and create change.