Publishing in Precarity (Deadline: November 7, 2015)

A call for stories from the Institute of (Im)possible Subjects about your/our collective experiences of publishing. These will form the basis of a discussion about the realities of academic publishing and the constraints of the academic-industrial complex on our thought and forms of exchange during a session at the National Women's Studies Association Conference, November, 2015, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

We pose these questions for your/our consideration:

Women, queer, and/or transgender academic voices, how are our subjectivities institutionally constrained? How is our precariousness related to our challenges of disciplinary boundaries? Institutional language? Clearcut positioning in terms of racial/gender/class/ethnicity/ boundaries? What does publishing academic work mean to ‘marginal’ subjectivities? what kinds of erasures, containment processes and limited translations are we forced into? What spaces are we building precariously, in order to escape old tokenisms and the curse of the “women” / "Queer" / "Transgender" / "Queer of color" doing “gender studies” and publishing gender stuff 'only'? In what way does publishing as collective entity, floating precariously on-line, liberate us from institutionalization?

We will discuss the stories shared with us in relation to our stories - to find common context and a ground to discuss publishing in precarity. Your stories will be shared - anonymously if you choose - at the National Women's Studies Association conference during our roundtable, "Publishing in/and/with Precariousness." We will also be publishing a 'zine and an online publication based on our discussions.

Thank you for your contributions and please, stay in touch with us and continue the conversation!

Here are the details of our roundtable:

Publishing in/and/with/ Precariousness
Sun, Nov 15, 8:00 to 9:15am, Wisconsin Center, 103D (LCD)
Presenters: Dalida Maria Benfield, Laura Fantone, Tara Daly.
Discussant: Annie Isabel Fukushima


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