The FCWSRC hosts a variety of public events, from book salons to presentations of our Research Associates' works-in-progress; we also proudly promote feminist happenings from across the Five Colleges.

We regularly update this events page with feminist happenings sponsored through the Center, as well as the wider Five College community. If you know of an event that you would like us to feature on our website, please email us at To receive up-to-date event announcements in your inbox, please sign up to be added to our mailing list.

Planning for our Fall 2022 programming is currently underway. In the meantime, please browse through the archived pages for our 2021-22 events to learn more about the research and ideas that flourished at the Center over this past academic year.

2021-22 Events

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Feminist Places & In-Between Spaces: Hybrid Writing & Idea-Generation Retreat

Idea-Sharing Reception
The Red Barn at Hampshire College & Zoom
Tuesday, May 31, 5:30-7:00pm EST

Writing & Project Work
The Red Barn at Hampshire College & Zoom
Wednesday, June 1and Thursday June 2


Feminist Places & In-Between Spaces: A Hybrid End-of-Year Gathering

Grab some lunch; Share space; Come as you are; Celebrate; Reflect; Be in feminist community.

Wednesday, May 11, 11:30am - 1:30pm EST
Hampshire College at Franklin Patterson Hall & Zoom

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Balkan Route: The Intersection and Pathways of Women Refugees

A Work in Progress session with Danica Anderson.

Wednesday, April 27, 11am - 12pm EST
Remote via Zoom


Refashioning History: Women as Sartorial Storytellers

A Work in Progress session with Siobhan Meï.

Wednesday, April 13, 11am-12pm EST
Remote via Zoom


Police Violence as a Reproductive Justice Issue

Co-Sponsored with departments across the Five College Consortium. Featuring Collette Flanagan, Professor Jallicia Jolly, and Professor Loretta Ross.

Wednesday, April 6, 4:30pm EST
Remote via Zoom


Academic Mobbing: Institutional Bullying in Turkish Universities

A Work in Progress session with Meltem Ince Yenilmez.

Wednesday, April 6, 11am-12pm EST
Remote via Zoom


Jan Freeman

Mobius: Writing Through Trauma to Revise the Myths of Family — A Feminist Poetic

A Work in Progress session with Research Associate Jan Freeman.

Wednesday, March 23, 11am-12pm EST
Remote via Zoom

Shailja Patel

Drawing Our Own Maps – critical and creative practices of decolonization

Research Associate Shailja Patel, with Robert B. Caldwell, Jr., will present: "Migritude and New Indigenous Cartographies: performance, presentation, and dialogue"

Thursday, March 10, 5-7pm
Harold F. Johnson Library, main floor, Hampshire College


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Negotiating “third space” during COVID-19: A decolonial African feminist analysis of higher education female students’ experiences in Malawi and Zimbabwe

A Work in Progress session with Research Associates Nyaradzai Changamire and Pempho Chinkondenji.

Wednesday, February 23, 11am-12pm EST
Online via Zoom


Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar: The Effects of Geographies of Accommodation on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Asylum Seekers in Ireland

Research Associate Katherine Side is the presenter for the first Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar of the semester. She argues that the material and administrative architectures of accommodation comprise everyday bordering practices in the provision and regulation of sexual and reproductive healthcare for those seeking international protection in Ireland.

Wednesday, February 16 4pm EST/6pm NT
Remote via Zoom


Five College Women's Studies Research Center:

Weighing the Future: Race, Science, and Pregnancy Trials in the Postgenomic Era

A Book Salon with Natali Valdez
Monday, January 31, 12:00 - 1:00pm EST

Remote via Zoom


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Book Salon: Bio-Imperialism

A Book Salon with Gwen D'Arcangelis
Monday, December 6, 12:30-1:30pm
Remote via Zoom

Bio-Imperialism: Disease, Terror, and the Construction of National Fragility looks at how the fight against bioterrorism enlisted the biosciences and public health fields to build up the U.S. biodefense industry and dangerous disease control regimes. U.S. imperial ambitions drove these shifts and were aided by gendered and racialized discourses. 

Gwen D’Arcangelis is an activist scholar who studies the social dimensions of science and health—with an emphasis on gender, race, and nation. She has published on white scientific masculinity in U.S. security discourse, gendered Orientalism in media coverage of SARS, and nurse activism opposing the war on terror. Her current research explores Chinese Medicine and Healing Justice. 

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For a Postpartum Undercommons: Radicalizing Struggles for Care and Justice in the Neoliberal University

Research Associate Presentation, Emily Mitchell-Eaton
Friday, Dec 3, 2pm EST
Remote via Zoom

Presented by the Five College Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar

Dr. Emily Mitchell-Eaton is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Colgate University and a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. A feminist geographer, her work investigates the relationship between empire and migration. Her book, New Destinations of Empire: Imperial Migration from the Marshall Islands to Northwest Arkansas (under contract, University of Georgia Press), explores layered racial geographies and forms of imperial citizenship in the Marshall Islander diaspora. Dr. Mitchell-Eaton’s more recent work engages feminist theories and methods to map geographies of death, birth, care, and disability. One project, Postpartum in the Academy: Care Work, Precarity, and the Struggle for Rights under Neoliberalism, asks how postpartum rights in higher education can be struggled over, and won, using the frameworks of workers’ rights, reproductive justice, and disability justice. Dr. Mitchell-Eaton’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Association of Geographers, and the Institute for Human Geography, and has been published in Political Geography, EPD: Society and Space, EPC: Politics and Space, International Migration Review, Gender, Place & Culture, Rutgers University Press, and Great Plains Quarterly. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and a MPA in Public Administration from Syracuse University.

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Childhood and the Performance of Whiteness in Shakespeare’s Henry V and King John Research Associate Presentation

Anna-Claire Steffen Simpson
Monday, Nov 15, 12:30 pm EST Remote via Zoom

This presentation contemplates the inextricability of childhood from whiteness in English early modern drama, suggesting that childhood appears as what Arthur L. Little, Jr. calls a “thing of whiteness.” Anna-Claire  Steffen Simpson proposes a reading of Shakespeare's Henry V and King John focused on white boys in which she considers children's performances of race, and of whiteness specifically, with the reminder that these roles for children are conduits through which children, historically, as actors and students, are implicated in what Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields call racecraft, or the terrain and beliefs of race: children can, and have, made race and racism appear natural, necessary, ordinary, and originary.

Patricia Montoya

Community Day Presentation: The New Works of Filmmaker Patricia Montoya

Wednesday, November 3rd, 6-7:30 p.m.
Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College

Patricia Montoya will be showing her award-winning film Cuando La Rumorosa Calla (When La Rumorosa Quiets, 20 min, 2020, in Spanish with English subtitles) and talking about the production of her new short film HORSE. HORSE is a film adaptation based on a series of poems from Un Agitado Viento / Ehécatl, The Wind, a chapter of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987) by the influential Queer, Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa.

Patricia Montoya is a Colombian American filmmaker and educator. She is a recipient of the 2021 Artist Fellowship in Film & Video from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a fellow at The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ Valley Creates Program in partnership with MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists, teaching faculty within the Five College Consortium, and an Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. For more information on Patricia Montoya, please visit
Co-sponsored by the Five College Women's Studies Research Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Hampshire College.


Fall 2021 Reception

It was a joy to celebrate the Center's 30th year with our first Fall Reception on Hampshire College campus. The event was hybrid, with a Zoom component for alumnae and community members across geographic distance and with an in-person reception that included a tour of the Center's new offices in Franklin Patterson Hall.