CFP: Doing It Themselves: Radical Homemaking in the 21st Century (ASA; Deadline 12.15.13)

Doing It Themselves: Radical Homemaking in the 21st Century. Due Dec. 15

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American Studies Association 2014. “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century”
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Until now writers and bloggers have argued that radical homemakers (sometimes called “femivores”), people who have turned toward a more self-sufficient, DIY-centered approach to domesticity, allows practitioners to live “lives that honor ecological sustainability, social justice, family, and community,” as Shannon Hayes points out. With the publication of Emily Matchar’s Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity in 2013, along with Hayes’s Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, and Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen’s Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, both in 2010, radical homemaking has both theoretical and practical approaches. This panel seeks to explore the various and divergent aspects of radical homemaking, its intersections with class, gender, sexuality, race, as well as with the conference’s themes of investigating the “various flows of feeling good, furiously good.”

Some things to consider: How truly “radical” is this movement? What kind of dialectic is formed between the back-to-land movements of the 1960s (Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life) and the lesbian separatist movements of the 70s? Or with feminist movements? How is 21st-century radical homemaking in dialogue with the environmental movement? Or urban homesteading? What role does new and/or social media have in radical homemaking communities? How do men and notions of masculinity fit into femivorism? What role does capital and class privilege play in homemaking in the 21st century? How is radical homemaking racialized? How does radical homemaking reinforce and/or challenge notions of “traditional” families and alternative communities?

Please email a brief bio and an abstract of no more than 300 words by December 15, 2013.