Social Service or Social Change?

Reprinted with permission from The Revolution Will Not be Funded (edited by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. Boston: South End Press, 2009). Can we provide social service and work for social change, or do our efforts to provide human services maintain or even strengthen social inequality? I first began thinking about this issue when […]

Collaborations

A response to the panel “Expanding Feminism: Collaborations for Social Justice” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: Download “Collaborations” by Janet R. Jakobsen (pdf) From American Quarterly 64:4 (2012), 827-831. © 2012 The American Studies Association. Reprinted with permission of Johns Hopkins […]

The Familiar and the Strange

A response to the presentations “Queer Pedagogies in Public Places” by Jennifer Miller and “Tilting Pedagogies as Utopian Intervention – Outrage, Desire, and the Body in the Classroom” by Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius at the The Scholar & Feminist Conference 2013: “Utopia.” Watch the videos here: The Scholar and Feminist Utopia conference began with a seed […]

Wildness: A Fabulation

A response to a discussion with Wildness filmmakers Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar. This conversation took place on March 1, 2013 and kicked off the The Scholar & Feminist Conference 2013: “Utopia.” Watch the video here: I never made it to Wildness, the party. But I have spent enough intoxicated nights dancing in art-damaged queer […]

Activism and the Academy: A Utopian Proposition

If happiness and optimism appear too often as individual, psychological, overbearing and annoying to those excluded from their complacent joys, doesn’t hope sometimes arrive in collective, political and insurgent forms? …. [W]hat might the impact of mobilized hopefulness … be? That is the animating question for the political present. Can collective hope without delusion or […]

Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues: Lessons from Anti-violence Movements

In October 2013, BCRW and The Engaging Tradition Project co-convened a conference called Queer Dreams and Non-Profit blues to examine the critiques emerging from queer and feminist activists and scholars about the impact of funding on social movement agendas and formations. During the conference, Hope Dector from BCRW and Dean Spade from The Engaging Tradition […]

No One is Disposable

No One Is Disposable is a series of discussions I’ve been hosting as an activist-in-residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Through these conversations, I’ve been speaking with activists about the issues most pressing in our lives. I started these conversations as a small intervention in a political climate where imprisonment of poor […]

A Portrait of CeCe McDonald

Editor’s Note: In 2011, CeCe McDonald was a fashion design student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College when while walking to a grocery store, she and her friends were attacked by a group of white people shouting racist and transphobic slurs. When CeCe fatally stabbed one of their attackers in self defense, she was arrested […]

Wildness: A Successful Failure

A response to a discussion with Wildness filmmakers Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar. This conversation took place on March 1, 2013 and kicked off the The Scholar & Feminist Conference 2013: “Utopia.” Watch the video here: A year ago, Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar, directors of the magical-realist documentary Wildness, joined Janet Jakobsen in a […]

“If, Suddenly”

A response to the panel “The Multiple Futures of Gender and Sexuality Studies” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: “So, when are you going to stop talking about institutionalization?” a colleague recently asked, in a tone that was both jocular and disdainful […]