Before her death, feminist author and activist Kate Millet reflected upon her lifetime struggle with abject poverty as she was increasingly marginalized in the academy. Asking her readers, "who stole feminism?", Millet voiced her anxieties that the feminist movement had been hijacked from within (1998). Her question continues to remain relevant today as we witness the growing oppression, silencing, and policing of those on the margins of academia (and beyond). By highlighting poverty, urban deterioration, economic and ecological crises, the "ruins of capitalism" underscores the inability of capitalist society to protect its citizens and its cities. As national economic imperatives clash with the demands of globalized capital, we face the terrifying realities of late capitalism with the rise in viral pandemics, ecological destruction, warfare, or deindustrialization.
The rise of attacks against 'gender ideology' demands a revisiting and rethinking of historical debates and contemporary engagements in feminist contributions across all disciplines. Bearing witness to the "ruins of capitalism" (Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, 2015), we invite presenters to explore with us stolen concepts within feminist knowledge production, as well as the deep silences informed by the erasure of genealogies of thought. By exploring the frictions in epistemologies of feminist theory and engagement, can we reveal internal elements of epistemic violence as feminists fracture across identity and political lines?
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