In theory, graduate school fosters intellectual and professional growth. However, it often feels personally and politically stunting: it is a place of competition, scarcity, and patriarchy. We call on panelists to discuss the autonomous feminist spaces that they create on their campuses. In response to hostilities, we contest what doesn’t work and we find new ways to support each other that cannot be easily contained or commodified (Ahmed, 2017; Berlant, 2011). Instead of competing, we collaborate by praising boldness, cultivating norms of trust rather than suspicion, elevating friendship above romance, grounding our relationships within political work and feminist praxis (Clementine & Associates from the Infinite Venom Girl Gang, 2012; Walia, 2013). Our willfulness to love and and resist conjures momentary, inhabitable spaces, where we dream of alternative futures and nurture our energies for revolutionary change (Benjamin, 2007; Haraway, 2016). We won’t settle for the few comforts our professionalization affords us or for promises of a respect that will never be fully granted.
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Berlant, L. (2011). Cruel Optimism. Durham: Duke University Press Books.
Clementine, C. X., & Associates from the Infinite Venom Girl Gang. (2012). Against the
Couple-Form. LIES Journal, 1, 45–54.
Haraway, D. J. (2016). Staying with the trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University
Walia, H. (2013). Undoing border imperialism. Chico: AK Press.
|Panelist||Jess Linz University of Kentucky||20|
|Panelist||Araby Smyth University of Kentucky||20|
|Panelist||Sarah Stinard-Kiel Temple University||20|
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