Transnationalism has been a key element of socialist and intersectional feminist movements from their very inception. In the early twentieth century, Clara Zetkin and Alexandra Kollontai worked together closely to advocate for the rights of women workers everywhere. African-American poet, teacher, and activist Audre Lorde connected with her peers across the world – including Black women in Germany – to jointly develop strategies for survival and battle sexual, racial, and class oppression. More recently, scholars and activists Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser, in their Feminism for 99%, have built on the accomplishments of the International Women’s Strike (2017) and mobilized for feminist solidarity across borders.
Transnational Feminism, Solidarity, and Social Justice seeks to develop the promising connections available via OSUN to foster feminist collaborations in academia and beyond. It offers a sustainable platform for students and faculty from OSUN institutions to engage in rigorous academic work, inspire each other through artistic practice, and work closely with local and international initiatives to further the feminist agenda for social justice.
Participating faculty come from disciplines ranging from political science and law to media studies and literature:
Al-Quds Bard College (Laura Menchaca Ruiz)
American University of Central Asia (Elena Kim, Mokhira Suyarkulova)
Bard College (Deirdre d’Albertis, Allison McKim, Alys Moody)
Bard College Berlin (Cassandra Ellerbe, Aysuda Kölemen, Agata Lisiak)
Central European University (Andrea Krizsan)
SOAS, University of London (Gina Heathcote, Kanika Sharma)
Off-University (Nevra Akdemir, Carmel Christy)
Attend the Fall 2021 Lecture Series
2022 Call for Network Research Grant Proposals
The OSUN project in Transnational Feminism, Solidarity, and Social Justice invites applications for five research grants of up to €5,000 each for 2022. All faculty affiliated with OSUN colleges and universities are eligible to apply. The research project must involve faculty members from at least two different OSUN colleges or universities and must be completed within two years from the official start date of the project, at the latest. Priority will be given to research projects that meaningfully involve and allocate at least 60% of the research budget to OSUN colleges and universities located outside Western Europe and North America.
What can be funded?
- Original fieldwork
- Library and archive visits
- Research-based community outreach and art activities
- Research dissemination (print and online publications including translations, podcasts, zines, etc.)
- Workshops and conferences
Contact Liza Tabliashvili
Deadline to apply is January 5, 2022