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From Practice to Theory and Back to Practice: First Annual Conference (May 20th, 2009)

Activism, feminist pedagogies, the feasibility for multicultural and multinational work, relationships between women’s organizations and gender theorists, litigation as an act of political grace, as well as reworking bodily experiences into knowledge and spirituality, were only some of the themes explored during the unique conference held on May 20th in Bar-Ilan University.

The one day conference was organized by the students of "Gender in the Field" track of the graduate program in the Dafna Izraeli Gender Studies Program. The conference was carried out with the cooperation and great support of The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism, The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women's Status, The Graduate Program for Gender Studies, and the The Dafna Fund. The aim of the conference was to establish a platform for ongoing discussion and study of the interface and relationships between the production of knowledge and production of activism in the field of gender. This was a unique opportunity to feature work in the area of women and Judaism taking place in the present.

The enthusiastic response of prospective speakers produced more than 120 papers and workshops which were submitted to the conference organizers. Twenty two presentations and three workshops were selected, and presented to an audience of over 200 people, both activists and researchers.

The conference gave stage to veteran and well established organizations as well as smaller, less organized and relatively new groups. The forum was also a good opportunity to feature groups whose work is less recognized in the Israeli feminist scene.

It was a tremendous success and the amount of positive response from the conference has already allowed us to begin planning next year’s event. We look forward to continued cooperation with the “Gender in the Field” program in the future.