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More Big News!
Ethnic Studies major and Women’s & Gender Studies minor Leilani Hemmings Pallay’s single-author paper was accepted for presentation! (At the leading conference in our field! As an undergraduate! In the main conference program!)
Leilani’s paper is entitled, “Tree Rings as an Ecofeminist Alternative to the Feminist Wave Theory.”
Program Abstract: The Feminist Wave Theory has long stood as the primary vehicle for understanding social movements that fall under “feminism”, but has been shown to fall short in terms of erasing the work of People of Color (especially Womxn of Color), Queer and/or Trans* people, Indigenous Peoples, et cetera. From there then, it becomes necessary to reconceptualize what it means to be “feminist” in praxis as well as to interrogate how we articulate our history and ongoing organizing / community building. Tree Rings provide a means for understanding the history of inherent communal practices and conscious work being done by our communities, as well as to be more intentional about a citational interaction with the “feminisms” that predate the language / schools of thought / politics of knowledge that we hold in place today.
Leilani adds: “For trees, some years there’s more growth or less. The ultimate endgame for adding new layers of bark is getting stronger and supporting new growth. Some climates aren’t conducive to growth at certain times while still others allow for double growth some years. Tree Rings document changes in climate and the environment around, like fires and droughts. The roots of Oak Trees mirror their branches / the parts of the tree that we see above ground or without cutting it down to view a cross section. When we apply these to a feminist / social justice / decolonial framework, we can begin to re/conceptualize our understanding and mapping of feminist praxis.”
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