Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women will hold its annual Scholar & Feminist Conference beginning March 1st. The two day event filled with lectures, discussions, and screenings will center around the conference’s theme of ‘utopia’ as the feminist envisioning of space and change. The varied presentations are curated around the idea of “confronting our desires–our hunger for–spaces of possibility” as well as complicating the boundaries of hierarchy.
Fittingly, the conference will open with a screening of the acclaimed documentary Wildness , followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Wu Tsang and screenwriter Roya Rastegar. Wildness is part magical realist-part documentary and centers around a bar/club in Los Angeles’ MacArthur district called Silver Platter. For decades, the Silver Platter has catered to latino/a LGBTQ immigrants as both a performance space and general space of affinity. This role (as Tsang documents) and its larger embodiment of a ‘safe space’ becomes challenged by exterior shifts (like gentrification) as well as sociopolitical rifts between its longtime patrons. Wildness articulates the complicated tension of safety and solidarity.
Saturday’s events are filled with lectures whose topics range from feminist parenting to food justice. A handful of lecture topics include, “Creating a New Feminist Framework for k-12 Education”, ” Queer Pedagogies in Public Spaces”, “Talking Back to Culture Through Feminist Remix” and many, many others. Expect a full day of art, screenings, and discussion! Tickets to the conference are based on a sliding scale, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Visit the Barnard Center for Research on Women website for program information and ticket reservation.