Wollapalooza! III update
APSA 2020 is going to happen virtually this September. This will include the Wollapalooza III workshop which will take place online on 9 September.
Details about the virtual conference are here. Registration details are not yet up, but will be soon.
Our event is listed under Events > Short Courses > SC23.
We’re not yet entirely sure how we will proceed, and what the logistics on offer will be, but our preference, given how many of us come from Europe, will be to upload presentations in advance, so we can all listen to them during our own daytime (even if the question and answer sessions might not work out that way). Given that presentations should be short (under 12 minutes for panels, and under 10 minutes for roundtables), recording them in advance should be manageable and may even make Q&A more vibrant and interesting when we attend conference sessions “live” on Zoom. Also, hopefully we can “archive” the presentations on our Wollstonecraft Philosophical Society website so that there is a public access/ public education dimension to our (hopefully, now) annual event.
We will keep you informed as we find out more. In the meantime please let us know whether you would still like to participate in the event. We very much hope you will.
Before we go, we wanted to say something about our take on the Black Lives Matter movement.
We—Alan, Eileen and Sandrine—as individuals, as Wollstonecraft scholars, and as the organisers of Wollapalooza!, stand with the BLM movement.
Black lives have been systematically - both structurally and intentionally - targeted and abused. Wollstonecraft anticipated this argument in her critical analysis of slavery and other forms of despotism and oppression. So did many of the women and men of the nineteenth century, such as the African-American political thinkers and freed slaves Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, as well as Frederick Douglass, whom we have discussed and plan to discuss at Wollapalooza! Their analyses are as insightful and important today as they were then.
Wollstonecraft would have made a staunch #BLM advocate and we hope that in some way we can measure up to what she would expect of us. Please let us know if you have any idea for showing our support to #BLM through our event and in public advertising for it via Twitter.
Eileen Hunt Botting