Panel on Pacific Feminism in the 21st Century for Women’s Worlds 2008 )

Madrid (3-9 July 2008

How are Pacific women doing feminist work in the 21st Century? And how is
feminism defined in the broad Pacific context or the more specific regional
and national contexts? This panel looks to investigate the diverse ways
Pacific women understand, theorize, and practice what is called feminism in
the Anglo-American context. Papers are solicited from a broad engagement
with these issues. The following is a list of suggested topics but it is by
no means prescriptive:

– Updates on Pacific conferences addressing women’s issues (for
example the Fiji conference in the 1988).

– Alternative theoretical woman-oriented models for Pacific women as
defined broadly, in the regional contexts (Melanesia, Polynesia, and
Micronesia, for example) or within specific national or communal contexts.

– Women’s engagement with political systems as lobbyists, legislatures
and leaders as well as within grass roots activism

– Teaching women’s studies within this geographic region

– Engagements with Anglo-American feminisms

– Influences of colonialism, imperialism and/or globalization on
women’s self-perception, political engagement and agency, and social

Please send a 250-word abstract along with a current CV (along with any
inquiries) by December 15 to:

Helen Thompson, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies
University of Guam
P.O. Box 5319
UOG Station
Mangilao, GU 96923

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