About: Just Futures

Articulations of more just, progressive, even revolutionary futures long relied on narratives of progress that have been profoundly challenged within German studies, queer studies, feminist studies, and ethnic studies. Just Futures examines what possibilities are articulated in literature, film, art, and activism for transformations of the present for more just futures in the face of re-imaginings of the human, of the relationships that criss-cross the globe, and of complex temporalities.

We, as members of the transnational “Just Futures” transnational collective, collaborate in multiple constellations in research projects; feminist and anti-racist activisms; administrative interventions; open-access forums; and workshops.

In the first series, Just Collaborations. Time, Urgency, and Collaboration in the Corporate University, we imagine collaboration as feminist critical practice in the face of the fraught temporalities of feminist knowledge production. We collaboratively seek to challenge the “clock” of assessment and the heteronormative and ableist understandings of time and productivity.

The second series, features feminist approaches (broadly understood) to Covid-19 and academic labor. How do we bring feminist perspectives in conversation with disability studies, queer studies, critical race studies, Indigenous studies and other social justice perspectives in conceptualizing the impacts of the pandemic and our responses in our teaching, research, service, administrative, and community work? How do we imagine university futures in which the most vulnerable workers can thrive? What challenges does Covid-19 raise for feminist work in the academy? What are our feminist approaches to/ concerns for remote and online teaching? How do we balance the need to account for self-care and for an ethics of care that both sustains and reaches out beyond community? How do we conceptualize pandemic responses and the relationship between institutions of higher education and the physical communities in which they reside? What kinds of transnational responses and approaches might be possible to address the simultaneous troubling and reaffirmation of both geopolitical and institutional borders in the pandemic? What kinds of questions does the situation raise for academic leadership? How do we approach these questions from feminist and social justice perspectives? What might be some necessary responses in how we conceptualize academic publishing? What futures do we advocate for? Please see the CFP and open submission form here.

Recent posts from this project:

Just Collaborations