Culture and Everyday Life

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This panel will have three or four speakers who are all involved in artistic creation, teaching, and political transformation through creative work. Each of the artists will briefly introduce their work, and talk about how it speaks about gender, race/ethnicity, and/or class dynamics. The artists will show excerpts of their works in order to open up discussion about the relationships between practice, theory and politically engaged art. The moderator will then introduce questions and problems for discussion. How do cultural background, gender and labor history inform artistic works? What are the benefits and potential problems of collaborative efforts? How can the art contribute to the political struggles and help communities face psychological trauma of oppressed groups? What is the relationship between embodied memory and artistic expression? How can complex history of arts and artistic representation help us unravel influence of consumerism and consumerist ideals on bodies and minds? The problematic of how spectatorship/witnessing relates to subject's coming to being and political awareness about the body, femininity, violence, and trauma, will be opened up in the context of education. Before sharing insights The participants will be invited to introduce themselves, talk about their political and individual histories and practices.
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Black, lesbian, dancer-poet performance art duo Nia & Ness invite you to view excerpts of their evening-length piece, run., created in part during their BAX 2017 Summer Space Grant, run. is a story of the couple’s daily struggles and joys while living in NYC, with all original music by Garrett Miller. Following their performance, Nia & Ness will share their ideas about how their love and art are intrinsically intertwined with their activism.
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For at least five hundred years of global colonial occupation and imperial plunder, the devaluation, abuse, and exploitation of womxn has gone hand-in-hand with the depletion and degradation of the Earth. By the same token, however, Indigenous, peasant, racially marginalized, and other womxn targeted by cishteropatriarchy and anthropocentrism have been on the frontlines of mobilizations for broad-based autonomy, dignity, equity, justice, and sustainability, from the Chipko movement of India to the neo-Zapatista uprising of southwestern Mexico. As interlocking global crises intensify, the ecofeminist alternatives articulated by these womxn become more important than ever to the fight for another world. This panel will feature reportbacks on ecofeminist interventions from the Americas and South Asia. Its presenters will discuss how community gardens and urban farms, permaculture and agroecology projects, biodiversity farms, traditional medical practices, and counter-hegemonic learning initiatives across these parts of the world are recentering multiply marginalized womxn at the same time as they address pressing threats to land, food, and water sovereignty.
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A winning strategy requires powerful narratives. How can fiction expand our sense of the possible? The CIA channeled funds to the Iowa Writers Workshop in the 1960s and 70s to limit the subversive potential of literature. How are today’s activist-minded writers creating stories that can break through the demoralization resulting from the fragmentation of the Left and resurgence of the Ultra-Right? How do writers weave the personal and the political into stories to "make the revolution irresistible"?
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This panel examines Trumpism, Fox News, alt-right male fantasies, and unending sex scandals to explore the pornification of politics and the American Dream. It examines these phenomena as a symptom of the advanced stage of neoliberal decline.
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This panel discussion will discuss the labor and pay infractions/inequities in the fashion industry, centered mostly around fashion models. Fashion models are front and center when it comes introducing consumers to the new collections of major fashion houses, yet, we live in an era where fashion models, unless they have great agents or are supermodels, are being used as free labor, and in many cases being used as free labor for billion-dollar fashion brands. How did this come to be? Don't fashion models live a luxury lifestyle? Perhaps, they once did, but that narrative has changed as fashion has become more of a global industry with a few fashion finance firms consolidating and controlling major fashion houses. Fashion models, once the darlings of the industry, are now being subjected to declining wages and are falling victim to the neo-liberal capitalist business models that are wrecking havoc on the working class. During this panel discussion we will discuss the real narrative around what fashion models earn and how neo-liberal capitalism is quickly changing the fashion industry, putting livelihood of fashion industry professionals at great risk. There will also be frank discussion of evolving business models that can change pay inequity and fashion industry professionals, once silent, are organizing to claim what is rightly theirs.
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NYC
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The United States economy has undergone a radical transformation in a relatively short amount of time. Traditional gender roles and family structures have been radically transformed as a result. Today, US women are more empowered while men are left trapped in gender role limbo. This panel is all about how this happened and what to do about it.
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NYC
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A Marxist Feminist analysis of the US family as an institution. We explore the economics and psychology of the US family. We look at the economic political and psychological role of US families before the 1970s and now that US families are in crisis. We explore measures that could be taken to save the US family and to replace it.
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People often talk about love and revolution as though their relationship was self-evident. In this session, movement-based thinkers, authors, and organizers will explore the connection in greater depth. If it's true, as Che proclaimed, that "the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love," it is necessary to devise a clear understanding of those feelings and their implications. Join AK Thompson (Co-Editor of Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution [SUNY Press, 2017]), Kazembe Balagun (Staff Person, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, New York), and Kelli Korducki (Author of Hard To Do: The Suprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up [Coach House Books, 2018]) as we get to the heart of the matter.