Our single-day workshop, scheduled for Sunday, November 4, is organized in four sessions, each of which involve participants brainstorming and reflecting on the potential role of solidarity within and across their research areas.

In Preparation, please read:

Chandra Talpade Mohanty. “Under Western Eyes” Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28, 2 (2003), 499–535. [pdf]

Niamh McCrea, Rosie R. Meade, and Mae Shaw. Solidarity, organizing and tactics of resistance in the 21st century: social movements and community development praxis in dialogue. Community Development Journal, 52, 3 (July 2017), 385–404. [pdf]


Kimberle Crenshaw. Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctorine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics. The University of Chicago Legal Forum 139 (1989), 139–168. [pdf]

Jodi Dean. Feminist Solidarity, Reflective Solidarity: Theorizing Connections after Identity Politics. Women & Politics 18, 4 (1998), 1–26. [pdf]

At the Workshop:

9:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions

9:15-10:45 a.m. Session I: Defining Solidarity In this session, participants will aim for a shared understanding of what a focus on solidarity could entail for their work, identifying what they have in common with others in the room. This will take place as a “speed-dating'” exercise, where participants will identify similarities and differences between their work and that of each person they have a conversation within the allotted time. At the end of this session, participants will engage in a group discussion to share their findings and reflect on how a focus on mutuality and co-implication could strengthen their research.

15-minute break

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session II: Locating Solidarity Participants will identify the different areas in which they might (or might not) be in solidarity with each other. This could include contexts of research (such as underserved healthcare settings), methodologies used (such as co-design), theories used (such as ethics of care), and more. After forming groups based on their contexts of research, participants will explore solidarity through an affinity diagramming activity. Each group will then share and explain its diagrams to the others.


2:00-3:30 p.m. Session III: Fostering Solidarity In this session, we will discuss the areas participants identified as lacking in solidarity, understand why these gaps exist, and discuss how we might foster solidarity in them via small group brainstorming sessions. We will supply the participants with specific examples so that they can draw inspiration from them and/or from their own work.

30-minute break

4:00-5:30 p.mSession IV: Practicing Solidarity In our last session, we will turn to how we might practice solidarity. Our focus here will be on ways of extending the ideas discussed to the “real world” through teaching in classrooms, creating reading groups, planning additional workshops, and more. Towards the end, participants will make 5-minute presentations of their groups’ ideas and discuss, as a room, the ideas presented.

After the Workshop, We will develop a report to summarize outcomes from each session and recommendations for ways that our discussions may be extended and incorporated within wider CSCW scholarship. We will make this report available on our website and distribute it via social media channels to the wider CSCW community. We will also write up a summary of the workshop results for the Interactions magazine.