This contemplative writing course centers the work of feminist foremothers on how we understand our identities as always becoming, even as we live in generations deep roots.
We look at the ways that identity labels can both help and hinder our explorations of the multiplicity within our own being. We examine the kinds of stories that are written onto our own flesh by systems and relations of power. We consider the un-languaged stories written into our cells and memories in our ancestral connections.
And we critique how racial hierarchies, patriarchy, and ethno-nationalisms force us into binaries of identity and seek to rupture our inter-dependent relationships with one another.
This course uses the words and methods of feminist foremothers to teach you techniques for contemplative feminist practices. Contemplative feminism is an approach we teach at Feminism School that combines our study of feminist texts with somatic and creative practices that unfurl deeper learning.
You can expect practices that bring you into integration with yourself and your ancestral connections and stories. Systems of abusive power fragment us: feminist learning is often a process of re-membering that brings us back into more intimate relationship with our own body, spirit, and psyche.
Dr. George's speciality is teaching contemplative writing practices, but for those who learn best in visual languages, she encourages you to adopt and adapt the practices for diverse artistic expressions—including painting, drawing, dance, and cartooning.
Course teachings come from the writings of feminists Adrienne Rich, Ella Shohat, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Octavia Butler, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Leila Ahmed, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Daniel Boyarin.
Course includes 16 audio lectures, which weave the teachings on feminist texts with prompts for contemplative feminist writing practices. (If you are a visual artist, we encourage you to adopt and adapt the principles of the writing exercises to your medium of expression of choice!)
While the course is designed as self-study, the first 9 participants to pre-enroll will be invited to the live, complementary, private seminars with the instructor in April.
An Early Bird $997 tuition is available through March 15 for the first 9 participants in this new course. (Regular course tuition is $2000.)
This course is for anyone, of all genders, interested in how feminist foremothers can lead us in rituals and contemplative practices for deep identity work and soul reflection and formation. Our learning is to connect the inner work of integration to the outer work of collective change and healing. The path of that healing takes courage, as we will be tending to the pieces of ourselves sliced, fragmented and fractured.
Feminist foremothers created in-depth conversations and theories on identity. They did so because they were trying to organize social movements on behalf of "women"—but "women" is one of the most layered, diverse words imaginable. There is no one woman's experiences. There are women of many different experiences: women of cis and trans experience; women who own other people's labor and those whose labor is owned by them; women who benefit from whiteness and women who are targeted by racism, etc.
So even as feminist leaders organized for women's rights, they had to come into rich, deep, and spacious understandings of difference. They left us an inheritance of writings on identity that hold more conceptual frameworks than what often circulates in today's discourse on identity politics.
(If you take this course, you can learn what the writers of the Combahee River Collective meant by coining the term identity politics in 1977!).