FEMINISMS IN MOTION migrations, upheavals, relocations

4–6 OCTOBER 2018
University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

Institute of Romance Languages and Translations Studies

The main aim of this international, interdisciplinary conference is to examine ways in which the concept and practice of movement – understood variously as migration, upheaval, relocation – is inscribed into the theory and practice of feminisms. In the context of such practice and theory, movement can assume unsettling meanings and can reveal or point to subversive ways of living, especially in and across (our understandings of) the nation states. We invite speakers interested in exploring what the right to move (in a variety of senses) entails, and for whom, whether it can shelter us from power, who is moved by feminism and how movement allows us to (re)define the notion of political movements.

Dr. Ruth DyckFehderau (University of Alberta) will give the keynote lecture.


4-6 October, 2018 CINiBA Katowice, Poland

This conference aims to explore the ways the idea of movement and the act of moving underlie and propel feminist sensibilities and practices; and how feminisms, in turn, draw on movement, both real and imaginary, in order to envision and arrive at better futures and more liveable lives. “Moving” and “movement” seem to unsettle the stabilities of social and political lives. It is enough, perhaps, to note how the notion of citizenship relies on and requires stasis more than movement; how political participation and subjectivity call for anchorage more than flux and floating; how the political order as envisaged by liberal democracies has always called for immobility more than motility (incarceration being a characteristic example) for the reproduction of their orders. The political and social censorship of movement can also be seen in the policing of affects we sometimes express in a language which calls upon movement to convey their meaning.
To say one is moved, that is, affected by a particular feeling, is already to step into a murky terrain beyond the pale as this moving has often been rendered hysteric, diseased, and subject to all sorts of confinement.

The conference aims to raise (but is not limited to) the following questions:

  • What does it mean for women to move or to stay put?
  • What are feminist responses to movement?
  • How does movement affect feminist community? What does it mean to be un/able to move? And for whom?
  • How do feminist disability studies approach the concept of movement?
  • Can movement become shelter from power? Or fodder for it?
  • How does feminism (itself a movement) move? In turn, what moves feminism?
  • Whom and why does feminism move? Has #metoo moved feminism? If so, how? To where? If not, why not?
  • What is the relationship between the dismissal/erasure of women and movement (or between movement, feminism, and all the ways minorities are urged to take up less space)?
  • How has feminism shored up or dismantled the foundations of “the master’s house” (to quote Audre Lorde) making movement more/less difficult or more/less necessary both for women and for transpeople?
  • Who/what decides and to what effects about the movement of (other) women?
  • What does an ethics of feminism in motion look like?
  • What is being moved by feminist practices and theories?
  • Can migration in its political and cultural variety be a feminist act?
  • What does it mean to gender movement? How does the fluidity of gender impact, support, or threaten feminism? How does feminism redefine or reconfigure movement?
  • How is movement (exercise, travel, emotional impact) constitutive of feminist practice?
  • What feminist shapes does movement assume?
  • What roles do boundaries and borders play? How does feminism meet up with, cross, and affect them?
  • What are the relationships between movement, feminism, and extremism and terror? Or persistence and resistance?
  • What role do creativity, art, and/or literature play in the movements of and within feminism?

Do you have another way to think about movement and feminism? If so, surprise us!

Confirmed keynote speaker:
dr. Ruth DyckFehderau (University of Alberta)

Please send 300-word proposals for 20-minute papers or thematically linked panels and a short bio to feminismsinmotion@gmail.com by 31 March, 2018.

Accepted speakers will be notified by 7 April, 2017.

The languages of the conference will be English and French.

The conference is organized by the Institute of Romance Languages and Translations Studies (University of Silesia, Katowice) and will be held at the Centre for Scientific Information and Academic Library in Katowice (abbreviated as CINiBA).

Conference organizers:
Ewa Macura-Nnamdi (Phd)
Zuzanna Szatanik (Phd)
Magdalena Malinowska (Phd)


Ruth DyckFehderau

Our keynote speeker teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Alberta in Canada for a few months of each year and the rest of the time she travels, does activism, and writes. Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies around the world, and she has won awards for writing, teaching, and human rights activism. Recent work includes The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree, a non-fiction book she wrote with 27 Cree (Canadian indigenous) storytellers, and a novel I (Athena), which is represented by The Rights Factory in Toronto. Currently, she is working on a second nonfiction book with the James Bay Cree of Northern QC and on a second novel. She is a feminist in motion: she has lived in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and Eeyou Istchee (a remote indigenous territory in Northern Quebec), in France, Poland, Kenya, South Africa, and Bangladesh, and has travelled widely through North and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. She is currently based in Edmonton, AB, Canada.



The conference will be held at the Centre for Scientific Information and Academic Library in Katowice (abbreviated as CINiBA)

You can look it up on Google maps here:

The Centre is conveniently located on the University Campus in the city centre (with a few hotels and lots of restaurants nearby).


If you travel by air, there are three basic ways in which you can get to Katowice.

1. Flying directly to Katowice (KTW).

The airport is well communicated with major European airports. When landed, the next step is to reach the city centre which is about 40 km away from the airport. The best and cheapest option is to use public transport and take a bus. The travel will take up about 50 minutes and the ticket costs about 27 PLN. The bus station is just in front of the airport entrance.

2. Flying to Cracow (KRK).

There is a shuttle bus that will take you down to Katowice: http://tigerexpress.eu/en/. The travel takes up about one hour and the ticket costs about 8 euros. You can also get to the city centre and take one of many coaches or trains going to Katowice. Let us know if you need our help to plan your travel from Kraków city centre to Katowice

3. Flying to Warsaw.

There are two airports in Warsaw: Warsaw Chopin airport (WAW) and Warsaw Modlin airport (WMI). In both cases, when landed, you have to go to the city centre and reach Warsaw Central Station (Warszawa Centralna) to take a train to Katowice.

  • a) The best way to get to the city centre from Warsaw Modlin is by bus: https://www.modlinbus.com/en#buy-ticket. Get on at the airport (bus stop:
    Modlin Airport (WMI) and get off at the Warsaw City Centre (Palace of Culture) stop. The travel takes about one hour. The ticket price is from 9 to 33 PLN, depending on the type of the bus. From there, just have a short walk to the main station (700 meters)

  • b) The best way to get to the city centre from Warsaw Chopin is by train: Get on at the airport (station: Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina) and get off at Warsaw Central Station (station: Warszawa Centralna). The journey takes about 20 minutes and the ticket costs about 7 PLN.

Now you have to take a long distance train from Warszawa Centralna station to Katowice station. The journey takes from 2,5 to 3,5 hours depending on the type of the train and its itinerary. The ticket costs from about 50 to 150 PLN. You can book your ticket from here https://www.intercity.pl/en/. We advise you to book you ticket as early as possible to have a better price. The main station in Katowice is in the city centre area so you will probably have a short walk to get to the place where you’ll be staying during the conference.

Here are some accommodation options you may want to consider:



Hotel Diament Plaza Katowice**** is a comfortable hotel located in the centre of the capital of Silesia, in the immediate vicinity of the market place, railway station, Spodek Show Arena and important tourist attractions of Katowice. Perfect location of the hotel allows you to easily access all parts of the city.


The five-star Monopol is undoubtedly the best known example of inter war luxury in Silesia. Located in a beautiful building in the very heart of the city, more than a century of tradition has passed over the authentic, historical floor, illuminated by the great windows of the main hall. The period of the Monopol’s greatest prosperity fell on the interwar years of the 20th century when it became the favoured meeting place of the thinkers, salon goers and artistic bohemians of the era. The majority of the hotel rooms are in in the Art Deco style.


The hotel is located in the vicinity of the Spodek Show Arena and the ICC (congress centre), as well as of the main railway station and the main roads. A good choice for those who are looking for a modern hotel experience.


Located in the tallest building in Katowice, Courtyard Hotel offers a beautiful panorama over the city. Situated in the heart of the city centre, the hotel also offers a fast access to the main railway station or to the attractions of the region’s capital city.



The Katowice Hotel was founded in 1965. Its location in the heart of Katowice offers an easy access to the essential points of the city: monuments, entertainment and scientific centres.


Spacious and contemporary in design, the Novotel Hotel seems perfect for the needs of those who are looking not only for comfort but also for a good location in the city centre.


Newly opened, the B&B Hotel offers you the service it is known for. Situated near the main railway station, it is also a good starting point for the city promenades.



The Ibis Hotel is situated in the centre of the capital of Upper Silesia, 24 miles (38 km) from the international airport in Pyrzowice and 0.9 miles (1.5 km) from the train station. The hotel offers affordable accommodation in 124 newly equipped rooms, fitted with air conditioning, full bathroom, TV and wireless Internet access. The hotel has a vending machine selling snacks and drinks as well as secure and non-secure parking (charges apply).


This is a teaching assistants dormitory (unfortunately, the website is only in Polish) with single rooms for 90 PLN and double rooms for 120 PLN per night. If you need a hand to book your accommodation there, let us know:

The conference fee is:

500 PLN for Polish participants

125 EUR / 140 USD / 115 GBP or international participants.

The fee includes:

  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • One conference dinner

The fee does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Meals

Deadline for payment: 10 June, 2018

Method of payment: bank transfer to the University of Silesia account

The beneficiary:

Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach, ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice

The bank:

Oddział w Katowicach
Ul. A. Mickiewicza 3, 40-951 Katowice
IBAN: PL 74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909

Mandatory title:

Feminisms In Motion + your name

Invoice information:

Those having their conference fee paid by their university in Poland, will have the invoice sent automatically to the institution from which the transfer was made. Participants who paid the fee from their own personal account have to let us know if they wish to receive the invoice. If this is the case, they are advised to notify us as soon as they have made the payment.

Additional information:

  • It is essential that you do not forget the transfer title. It will help us identify your payment quicker.
  • Unfortunately, the only method of conference fee payment is a bank transfer. This may involve extra transfer fees, which you will need to add to the amount of the conference fee.