One of my favorite things about the conference was that it really pushed me to introduce myself to other feminist scholars, have meaningful conversations and develop lasting relationships with them. For me this is a big contrast with the AAG where it is easy to stick with people you know or just meet someone in passing before excusing yourself to run across the building to the next session. The FemGeog conference was intimate with long lunches and multiple long coffee breaks so there was really time to talk. And the speed dating in the beginning was revolutionary for me because I got to know a lot of people right away. It was beautiful to see so many generations of feminist geographers sharing one space and dialoguing about our discipline. It made me feel part of something special. I really want to thank the organizers for such an amazing opportunity which I will remember for a long time.
One thing I have reflected on since the conference — both on my own and in conversation with Katie Gillespie and Amy Piedalue at UW — is how we as feminist geographers deal with power differences among us. There were several such discussions at the FemGeog conference. I’m thinking especially of the work-life balance session where we discussed how scholarship models and job location choices are different for those with or without tenure and for white scholars and scholars of color. I am learning so much from our brave community about naming these issues outright — especially when they seem to be invisibilized. I think it is always difficult to acknowledge power differentials among us but I am grateful for the space FemGeog provides to strategize together on how we as feminist geographers can better recognize and address them. I would love to see dealing with power differentials among us as a future conference theme or at least as an intentionally continued conversation in future years. Thank you all for such a wonderful experience.
PhD Candidate in Geography
University of Washington