Upcoming Events

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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


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Bio-Imperialism: Disease, Terror, and the Construction of National Fragility

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

Bio-Imperialism 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. A chapter from the book is available for advanced reading; please register to receive a PDF copy.

Past Events

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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.

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Patricia Montoya: A Community Education Day Presentation

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 http://patriciamontoya.space/
Co-sponsored by the Five College Women's Studies Research Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Hampshire College.