Feminist Studies

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

November 2017

    • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer published a new essay in the Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, edited by Clare Barker and Stuart Murray (Cambridge UP, 2017). Co-written with Eunjung Kim, Kafer’s chapter, “Disability and the Edges of Intersectionality,” uses the writings of Michelle Cliff and Audre Lorde to describe an intersectional approach to disability studies.




  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer has a chapter in the new anthology Queer Feminist Science Studies: A Reader,edited by Cyd Cipolla, Kristina Gupta, David Rubin, and Angela Willey (University of Washington Press, 2017). Her contribution, “At the Same Time, Out of Time: Ashley X,” is an abridged version of the chapter of the same title in her book Feminist Queer Crip(Indiana UP, 2013). Another version of the chapter was published earlier this year in the latest edition of the Disability Studies Reader, edited by Lennard J. Davis (Routledge, 2017).





  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer led a workshop on “Disability Rights & Justice: Theories, Activisms, and Movements of Relation” as part of the Fulbright Pakistan Fall Enrichment Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 3. Over 100 graduate students from Pakistan attended the Fulbright Seminar, which was focused on “US Social Movements.” While on campus, she also met with graduate and undergraduate students in Women’s and Gender Studies.





  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer was invited to speak at Yale University in honor of Donna Haraway’s receiving the Wilbur L. Cross Medal. There were two symposia celebrating Haraway’s work. Kafer spoke in the opening symposium, which centered on “The Cyborg Manifesto.” Her talk “Cyborgs and Other Crip Kin” stems from new work on crip technoscience. A program for the symposia, held Nov. 2–3, is available here.





July 2017

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo was invited to present as a part of a panel at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill. This panel, titled “Giving Voice to Diverse Collections Through Digitization,” included other professionals from Amherst College, Washington University, the University of Minnesota, and Washington State University. The panel focused on ways that digitization of material in archives and special collections can help to give voice to underrepresented groups in the historical narrative. Sendejo presented on the Latina History Project, a collaborative project between Sendejo, Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer, and Southwestern’s Special Collections. Over 100 librarians and archivists were in attendance. The panel was organized and planned by Director of Special Collections & Archives Jason W. Dean.





May 2017

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave an invited talk at Portland State University (PSU) on May 11. She spoke about coalition-building and imagining social justice futures. While at PSU, she met with students, staff, and faculty from the Disability Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center, and the Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies Department, among others.





  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer reviewed Christina Crosby’s memoir, A Body, Undone: Living On after Great Pain (NYU, 2016), for the American Literary History Online Review. Kafer was also an invited keynote speaker at the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at the University of Wyoming, April 5–8. Her talk, “Health Rebels: A Crip Manifesto for Social Justice,” focused on the possibilities of coalition-building around issues of health, illness, and disability. While at the symposium, Kafer gave an interview with Wyoming Public Radio, spoke on an invited plenary panel, and met with students interested in social justice.





March 2017

  • Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer was invited to share a work in progress with the Department of Anthropology at Rice University as part of their brown bag series. Her presentation explored race and disability in relation to notions of mourning, loss, and death. While at Rice, Kafer also met with graduate students and led two workshops with undergraduate students in the “Disability Inside Out” class.