Julie Shayne, Ph.D.

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Mobilizing the University: Curriculum, Access, and Solidarity
[working title]
Edited collection, with Assistant Editor Namita Paul.

I am starting a new edited collection with the assistance of UWB graduate student Namita Paul. This interdisciplinary collection focuses on the relationship between social justice activism and the university. Using an intersectional feminist framework we seek to explore three main themes. First, how has grassroots activism impacted what we teach and learn in the university? For example, what is the relationship between feminist movements and the birth of gender, women, and sexuality studies or racial justice movements and ethnic studies? Put another way, how do marginalized histories become part of the mainstream college curriculum? Next, how does social justice activism impact who has access to the university? For example, what sorts of movements exist that have pushed to create welcoming spaces for undocumented students, students with disabilities, or queer students? Finally, we seek to explore the role of campus solidarity activism in off campus movements. For example, historical cases might include student movements for divestment from Apartheid South Africa or campus sanctuary movements to denounce the US intervention in Central America.

We seek essays documenting historical and contemporary social justice activism, broadly construed, representing movements from around the world, particularly the global South. We envision activism conveyed through cultural productions, embodied protests, intellectual projects, among other forms of articulation. Additionally, we are particularly eager to receive essays by scholars/activists/artists of color in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.

One section of the book will be dedicated to student essays based on students' own activism. This section will feature first-person narratives by undergraduate and recently graduated baccalaureate student activists. We are especially excited to include stories and experiences of students of color, queer students, particularly transgender and, students with disabilities.

For directions on how to submit a proposal see our call for papers. You can also find us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mobilizinguniversity/