CALL FOR PAPERS
APPLIED FEMINISM AND INTERSECTIONALITY:
EXAMINING LAW THROUGH THE LENS OF MULTIPLE IDENTITIES
The Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law seeks
paper proposals for the Tenth Anniversary of the Feminist Legal Theory Conference.
We hope you will join us for this exciting celebration on March 30-31, 2017.
This year, the conference will explore how intersecting identities inform -- or should
inform -- feminist legal theory and justice-oriented legal practice, legal systems,
legal policy, and legal activism. Beginning in 1989, Kimberlé Crenshaw identified the
need for law to recognize persons as representing multiple intersecting identities,
not only one identity (such as female) to the exclusion of another (such as African
American). Intersectionality theory unmasks how social systems oppress people in
different ways. While its origins are in exploring the intersection of race and
gender, intersectionality theory now encompasses all intersecting identities
including religion, ethnicity, citizenship, class, disability, and sexual orientation.
Today, intersectionality theory is an important part of the Black Lives Matter and
#SayHerName movements. For more information, see
We seek submissions of papers that focus on the topic of applied feminism and
intersecting identities. This conference aims to explore the following questions:
What impact has intersectionality theory had on feminist legal theory? How has it
changed law and social policy? How does intersectionality help us understand and
challenge different forms of oppression? What is its transformative potential? What
legal challenges are best suited to an intersectionality approach? How has
intersectionality theory changed over time and where might it go in the future?
We welcome proposals that consider these questions from a variety of substantive
disciplines and perspectives. As always, the Center’s conference will serve as a
forum for scholars, practitioners and activists to share ideas about applied
feminism, focusing on connections between theory and practice to effectuate social
change. The conference will be open to the public and will feature a keynote
speaker. Past keynote speakers have included Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Dr.
Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Amy Klobuchar, NOW
President Terry O’Neill, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, and U.S. District Judge
To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by Friday October 28, 2016
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your abstract must contain your full contact
information and professional affiliation, as well as an email, phone number, and
mailing address. In the “Re” line, please state: CAF Conference 2017. Abstracts
should be no longer than one page. We will notify presenters of selected papers in
November. About half the presenter slots will be reserved for authors who commit
to publishing in the annual symposium volume of the University of Baltimore Law
Review. Thus, please indicate at the bottom of your abstract whether you are
submitting (1) solely to present or (2) to present and publish in the symposium
volume. Authors who are interested in publishing in the Law Review will be strongly
considered for publication. For all presenters, working drafts of papers will be due
no later than March 3, 2017. Presenters are responsible for their own travel costs;
the conference will provide a discounted hotel rate as well as meals.
We look forward to your submissions. If you have further questions, please contact
Prof. Margaret Johnson at email@example.com. For additional information about
the conference, please visit law.ubalt.edu/caf.