The Centre for Research and Families and Relationships International Conference, Edinburgh, June 22nd – 24th 2020

The concept of ‘intersectionality’ can be traced to the activism of black feminists in the USA confronting the challenges of two exceptionally powerful and prevalent systems of oppression: race and gender.  For our sixth international conference, we aim to create space for scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines to come together to discuss the implications and opportunities offered by the concept of intersectionality to the study of intimate relationships and families in global contexts.

Patricia Hill Collins will set the scene for our conference: Professor Collins is a key author and activist who has written extensively about the ways in which families and personal relationships are implicated in intersecting systems of oppression, both as aspects of the problem and as sites of resistance and transformation.

Papers are invited to address any aspect of the ways in which intimate relationships (including, but not restricted to, families, friendships, parent-child relationships, sibling or kin relationships, couples, sexual relationships) are implicated in fighting against or colluding with systems of oppression, injustice or inequality.  This might, for example, include how families or friendship groups form gendered and racially mixed or segregated communities of practice whose cultures may transmit either racism, or racial literacy and feminist informed anti-racist activism. Contributions could inquire into the use of intersectionality in diverse global contexts – enrolled in different ways, with diverse effects, in responding to, for instance, sexual health and reproductive rights.

Although we take it for granted that gender, race and class are fundamental inequalities in multiple contexts, participants may foreground inequalities in other domains such as religion, sexuality, ablebodiedness, age or life stages such as childhood and older age, nationality, and ethnicity.  Also, given the increasing threat of climate change, we welcome contributions that focus on the ways in which intersectionality, families and relationships impinge on concern for or neglect of environmental issues, including the implications of global warming for future generations and distant strangers.

A full Call for Papers has been announced and our deadline for submissions will be 31st August.   Click the link to submit your abstract.

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