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Five College Women’s Studies Research Center announces upcoming events

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center is hosting a variety of talks and presentations in coming weeks on topics ranging from lesbians in contemporary cinema to the meaning and value of family photos. Unless otherwise noted, all of the following events take place at the offices of the Women’s Studies Research Center on 83 College Street in South Hadley, on the Mount Holyoke College. They are free, open to the public and fully handicapped accessible.

  • On Thursday, March 6, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the FCWSRC, Research Associate Clara Bradbury-Rance will give a talk on “The Queer Lesbian Spaces in Contemporary Cinema.” This presentation emerges out of Clara's doctoral research which explores the contradiction surrounding the lesbian on the contemporary cinema screen who, at the threshold of the convergence of queer and feminist discourses, is marked by a paradoxical burden of visibility and invisibility. Through a series of readings of contemporary films that explore female homo-social and sexual desires, this presentation will seek to reconceptualize impressions of lesbianism that have concentrated on the lesbian “figure,” a term which in itself is no longer capable of describing desires in a cinematic context in which a queer feeling crosses cultural, national and theoretical borders.
  • On Friday March 7, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the FCWSRC, join the Center for a special International Women’s Day Celebration highlighting the multi-generational contributions to women’s, gender, and sexualities studies in the valley. Come and hear about new books, blogs, and media by Five College Faculty and Research Associates, including Mari Castañeda, Amy Dryansky and many others.
  • On Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Odyssey Bookshop (9 College Street in South Hadley), Lindsey Burchill, a former FCWSRC Research Associate, will give a reading from her newly published book Becoming the Tupamaros: Solidarity and Transnational Revolutionaries in Uruguay and the United States. Using social and cultural history, Churchill examines the relationship between state repression and revolutionary resistance, the transnational connections between the Uruguayan Tupamaro revolutionaries and leftist groups in the United States, as well as issues of gender and sexuality within radical movements.
  • On Thursday, March 27, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the FCWSRC, Research Associate Nermeen Sayed Kasem will give a talk entitled “Egyptian Women's Use of Social Media as an Alternative Platform in a Hostile Environment." With Islamists taking the reins of power in Egypt after the January 25, 2011 revolt, the normally moderate religious society of Egypt has turned to fundamentalism fed by high rates of poverty, illiteracy and lack of awareness. And as the Islamists are struggling to reclaim power after the June 30, 2013 revolutionary wave, the situation for Egyptian women has become more ambiguous. This presentation explores how pro-Islamists’ rule has an impact on women.
  • On Thursday, April 3, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the FCWSRC, Research Associate Meredith Nash will give a talk entitled “Remembering Mothers: Family Photography and Cultural Memory.”  In spite of a proliferation of images, the meaning and function of family photography is still remarkably under theorized and even more under-researched in the social sciences. This presentation draws on empirical data from Tasmania, Australia to explore how family photographs of pregnancy reflect wider socio-cultural values about pregnancy, motherhood, and reproduction. Nash will also discuss how digital technology has altered the ways in which pregnant bodies are represented and remembered in family photographs.
  • On Thursday, April 10, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the FCWSRC, Research Associate Ani Maitra will give a talk titled "The Digital Globalization of Queer Cinemas." His talk will reflect on the emergence of a transnational queer “virtual commons” through an analysis of the archival practices of experimental digital media platforms like “Global Queer Cinema” and “In Media Res.” It will focus on the contradictions and paradoxes of the digital dissemination of non-Western queer films and film cultures in the academic blogosphere.

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