Date: Tue Nov 30 2004 - 02:30:31 EST
---------------------------- Original Message ---------------------------- Subject: Conference Call for Women and Globalization -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Call for Papers WOMEN AND GLOBALIZATION Conference July 27-August 3, 2005 at the Center for Global Justice, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico Co-Sponsored by the Radical Philosophy Association, the Global Studies Association, and the Argentina Autonomista Project Of all the social groups impacted by neo-liberal globalization, perhaps none has felt it more severely than women, especially those in countries in the global South. Young women have been the main workforce in maquiladora sweatshops. Women must do more work to support families as incomes decline. Women have felt the brunt of violence as frustrated husbands despair about not being able to provide for their families. Families have been pushed off the land, women have been left behind to care for families, and men have gone north to find work. Some women have also gone north, often as victims of coerced sex trafficking. Many returning men have brought AIDS with them to infect their wives. World Bank and IMF-mandated cutbacks in state services have drastically cut medical care, and public education now has user fees. These cutbacks particularly affect women and children, as more women die in childbirth and children have to leave school at an early age to work. Similarly, women are also severely affected in the global North. In the US, welfare restrictions, increased costs for health care and housing, and declining state aid for education and other services have disproportionately hurt women and children, particularly poor women, and have increased the feminization of poverty. Thus, in both North and South, the social pathologies engendered by globalization have affected women most intensely. But women are not just victims of globalization. They are also subjects, acting individually and collectively against these conditions. Women are fighting back: creating economic cooperatives, alternative health care, and support groups for victims of violence. They are fighting along with men against privatization of water, land and other natural resources, as well as against development projects and imports, like genetically-modified food, that harm the environment. In Argentina, women were the first to struggle for social justice in the road blockades, when IMF policies rendered 26% of the population jobless. In Chiapas, Mexico, Zapatista women have taken leadership roles in the defense and construction of autonomous municipalities, self-governing committees, health and education promotion, and the organization of economic cooperatives. These and related issues will be the focus of a Conference on Women and Globalization to be held in San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. Here, where North meets South, globalization's effects are intensified. Conference participants will explore this reality not only through discussion of presented papers, activist workshops and artistic performances, but also by meeting with local women's groups struggling to create alternatives and by making site visits to observe concrete social conditions. Every effort will be made to have all activities be translated into both Spanish and English. Proposals for papers should be e-mailed to Ann Ferguson by March 15 at Ferguson@philos.umass.edu. A program committee will read them and papers will be selected by May 1. Completed papers will be due by June 1 (firm deadline), at least in one language, with the translation due by June 15 for those who can translate themselves. The preferred length of papers is no more than 10 pages (not counting references), since they will have to be translated . Papers will be translated and posted on the Center website (www.globaljusticecenter.org <http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/> ) in both English and Spanish well before the conference. This will enable all participants to read them ahead of time, thus requiring only a brief oral summary at the conference, and maximizing the time available for discussion. The program of the conference will offer paper presentations, activist workshops, plenaries and artistic presentations Weds. July 27-Friday July 29, activist workshops and weekend excursions on July 30 and 31 to nearby women's organizations and other sites, and another round of paper discussions, workshops and plenaries Monday Aug 1-Weds. Aug 3. Participants can come for all or part of the conference. San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful small colonial town a few hours north of Mexico City. Due to its altitude, it has very moderate temperatures in the summer. There are many interesting sites to visit both in the city and outside in neighboring communities. The conference will offer ample opportunities for participants to enjoy San Miguel culture and to visit a number of interesting places in the vicinity. Transportation and lodging information is available upon request. Check the Center website or email firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
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