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Call for Papers: Contemporary Womanist research post George Floyd: compelling developments in Black Feminist Theory

Venue: Online

Deadline to submit abstracts: 5pm, Monday 25th October 2021.

At a time of a worldwide resurgence of collective anti-racist struggle, how can Womanist research promote social justice and actively include research participants in knowledge production? Since the murder of George Floyd there is a new urgency to confront structural racism and patriarchal forces in education, which continue to marginalise the contribution of black women as activist researchers. This conference brings together those interested in using black feminist theory as a reflective lens to ultimately improve black lives.

How are we able to collaborate with social justice minded researchers in developing a strategic way forward?

Contemporary Womanist research seeks to resist as it generates intergenerational, collaborative approaches for change, elevating the narratives of black women and building on the dimensions of an Afrocentric feminist epistemology.  Contemporary Womanist research centres the voices of black women at each stage of the research process. In this way the knowledge claims of the black woman, the lived experiences, and the ethic of caring and personal accountability become vital elements of the research journey. 

The conference considers the influence of black women academics and their potential to change the scope, discourse, and agenda of research on black communities. It acknowledges the invisibility of research participants and practitioners in the field of doing Womanist research and in particular, the under-representation of black, British womanist voices.

How can collaborative Womanist strategies help to strengthen approaches in black feminist research? How do we develop and strengthen our collective roles as progressive, activist educators and researchers as we collect and analyse challenging narratives set to bring about critical change aimed at decolonising education establishments?  What evidenced based strategies should we be adopting when working collaboratively with others in education and in community setting?

The conference is aimed at activists working in education, social justice, community arts, health, social work, and related areas; Researchers and academics in social sciences interested in black feminist and critical race theory, post-colonial and decolonial methodologies; Students of Sociology, Psychosocial studies, Politics; Humanities, Youth and Community Development studies; Individuals focused on constructions of Motherhood; intersectionality, faith, disability, sexualities; 'race', racism, ethnicity and culture.

This call for papers signals a new way forward in doing Womanist Research.

Seeking abstracts

We are seeking innovative abstracts which stimulate discussion and are keen to encourage a broad and diverse set of papers that engage with research across (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Intersections of black motherhood in womanist research
  • Migrant and refugee women on the frontline of activist research and black feminist resistance
  • Teachers employing Black feminist research approaches
  • Faith based womanist practices
  • Qualitative Womanist insights into health and wellbeing
  • Theorizing Visual Arts, music, and Womanist research practice
  • Sexuality, love and belonging: exploring Womanist research narratives
  • Black Lives Matter, youth justice and the development of Womanist research
  • Womanist activist response to global gender violence

Employing and designing Womanist research strategies

  • Exploring social justice strategies in doing womanist research
  • Ethical considerations in the womanist research process
  • Methods of data collection in Womanist, Ethnographic and Narrative study

Presentations will be 15 minutes long with additional time for questions. If you wish to submit an abstract, please send a title, abstract (150 words) and short CV (150 words) to by 5pm on Monday 25th October 2021.

Alternatively, for more information you can speak with the conference organiser, Dr Jan Etienne:

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