NWSA is an organization of feminist scholars and scholar-activists that emerged out of the social movements of the 1960s and 70s. It is fitting then that since our 40th anniversary conference will take place in Baltimore, the site of the massive Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests of 2015, and in the year that marks the 40th anniversary of the Black feminist manifesto, the Combahee River Collective (CRC) statement, that the theme of our annual gathering will be: “40 years after Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.”
The National Women’s Studies Association leads the field of women’s studies in educational and social transformation. Established in 1977, NWSA has more than 2,000 members worldwide. Our annual conference regularly draws more than 1,800 attendees and is the only annual meeting in the US exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship.
The General Conference will begin on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. with the Welcome and Keynote Address (Angela Davis and Alicia Garza). General conference breakouts will start on Friday, November 17 at 8 a.m. and end on Sunday, November 19 at 1:45 p.m.