Gender, and the Punishment Industry" Grand Hall, Rice Memorial
Center, Rice University Friday, November 3, 2000 at 8 P.M.
see full conference schedule
conference brings together innovative scholars and activists from
a range of fields and political contexts. Together we will examine
how specifically feminist analyses can speak to fundamental questions
about the nature of subjectivity, the ethical claims of difference,
the meaning of social justice, and the efficacy of political action.
Who speaks for feminism in the public sphere and on whose
Under what conditions and in what language can feminists,
in full awareness of our differences, either work together or
make legitimate ethical claims about the general condition and
treatment of women?
How, in the wake of decades of theoretical questioning,
can we understand human selves as both products of discursive
and social structures and as ethically accountable agents?
The conference will consist of four sequential panels,
each with three speakers and a moderator; a keynote address, to
be given on Friday, November 3rd by activist and scholar Angela
Davis; and several general discussions. Our aim throughout is
to provide a forum conducive to sustained, open conversation,
offering an opportunity to move beyond conventional ways of imagining
feminism and debates within feminism towards new categories of
analysis, new ways of relating theory to activism, and even a
(or many) new politics.