What is the future of feminist and queer solidarities? Does it lie in digitalized transnational encounters or community-based small-scale local practices? Can solidarity, as a transformative kind of connectivity, open up a possibility of the ‘not yet’? What new inequalities and tensions occur through digitalization of solidarities in feminist, queer and environmental struggles? How can de-growth be conceptualized as a form of solidarity in the context of feminist, indigenous and queer of colour critiques of dispossession, extraction and dislocation?
Starting from a set of troubling questions on the futures of feminist and queer solidarities, this online conference - Futures of Feminist and Queer Solidarities: Connectivity, Materiality, and Mobility in a Digitalized World - seeks to explore, historicize and rethink the ways in which solidarity, connectivity, materiality, and mobility have been shaped in various constellations of feminist and queer movements and scholarship. The organizers invite contributions that further theorize these dynamics in order to disrupt colonialisms and capitalisms, and their variant manifestations through ecocide, militarism, authoritarianisms, precarization, violence, and inequality. Of particular interest are the explorations of feminist and queer solidarities through the framework of transnationally entangled presents and histories to further theorize the various ways in which connectivities, materialities, and mobilities occur. With this conference we seek to influence future agendas for building solidarities, liveabilities, memories, communities and spaces/places in a shared world.
iMPACTS research assistant and PhD candidate Christopher Dietzel is presenting research on queer dating apps in the time of COVID-19 along with colleagues Dr. Stefanie Duguay (Concordia University) and Dr. David Myles (University of Quebec in Montreal). More information about the conference is available on the website.