News of Alumnae Associates
Congrats to FCWSRC Alumna Mena Mitrano on her recently published book Archive of Longing: Susan Sontag's Critical Modernism (Edinburg University Press 2016) which was officially launched in June at the John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago.
Congratulation to FCWSRC Alumna Associate Kia Hall who was named a finalist for the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) First Book Prize. Kia also has a forthcoming article in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism entitled "A Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Rooting in Feminist Scholarship, Framing Contemporary Black Activism".
FCWSRC Alumna Associate Sarah Kilborne recently performed "The Lavender Blues: A Musical Revue", a showcase of queer music before World War II, at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke.
Congratulations to FCWSRC Research Associate Johanna Ortner on the publication of her article "Lost No More: Recovering Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Forest Leaves" inCommon-Place: The Journal of Early American Life. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s first book of poems had been considered lost to history for well over one hundred years. Johanna Ortner shares the tale of recovering this incredibly valuable text.
Nada Mustafa Ali on the publication of her new book Gender, Race, and Sudan's Exile Politics: Do We All Belong to This Country? (Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield). The book examines the gendered and racialized discourses and practices of the Sudanese opposition in exile through the opposition movements of the 1990s and early 2000s, and discusses the history through which these discourses evolved. It interrogates the relationship between women’s organizations and activisms in exile on one hand, and nationalist, transformative, and other political movements and processes on the other. It further discuses transnational coalition building across difference, including racial difference, between women’s organization seeking to transform gender relations in Sudan and South Sudan.
Congrats to FCWSRC Alumnae Associate Lisa McLoughlin on the publication of her new book, Guide to Student Success in Engineering at Community College, a helpful handbook for women in engineering.
Congrats to FCWSRC Alumna Associate Carol Bailey on the recent publication of her book A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction which examines the impact of orature-performance on Caribbean prose fiction. Arguing that orature-performance is the structuring device for many contemporary novels and short stories, this work extends the critical consensus that Caribbean oral modes infuse all genres of literature from the region. This book also demonstrates how the formal and thematic synergies between Caribbean orature and literature constitute an inter-performative relationship between the region’s literary and performance cultures. Beginning with a retrospective analysis of New Day and The Lonely Londoners, two harbingers of an aesthetic of orality, A Poetics of Performance offers fresh readings of fictions by post 1950s writers Earl Lovelace, Merle Collins, Marie-Elena John, Marlon James and Collin Channer alongside calypso, reggae, and different modes of Caribbean oral storytelling. Bailey elucidate what may be termed the most consequential aspect of Caribbean literary self-fashioning: an “inward turn” to the expressive resources and discursive tools of folk and popular culture. This recuperation, she argues, has in turn forged a literary tradition grounded, not only in the folk and urban working-class performance cultures, but inevitably in a “woman”-centered poetics.
FCWSRC Alumna Associate Disha Mullick's paper "Playing Reporter: Small-Town Women Journalists in North India" is highlighted in a special issue of Journalism Studies focused on democracy, civil society, and journalism in India.
Congrats to FCWSRC Alumna Associate Noa Milman whose chapter "Mothers, Mizrahi and Poor: Contentious Media Framings of Mothers' Movements", published in RSMCC's special volume on intersectionality, has been selected as an Outstanding Author Contribution.
A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism (Oxford 2015).
A New Gospel for Women tells the story of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), author of God's Word to Women, one of the most innovative and comprehensive feminist theologies ever written. An internationally-known social reformer and women's rights activist, Bushnell rose to prominence through her highly publicized campaigns against prostitution and the trafficking of women in America, in colonial India, and throughout East Asia. In each of these cases, the intrepid reformer struggled to come to terms with the fact that it was Christian men who were guilty of committing acts of appalling cruelty against women. Ultimately, Bushnell concluded that Christianity itself - or rather, the patriarchal distortion of true Christianity - must be to blame.
A New Gospel for Women restores Bushnell to her rightful place in history. It illuminates the dynamic and often thorny relationship between faith and feminism in modern America by mapping Bushnell's story and her subsequent disappearance from the historical record. Most pointedly, the book reveals the challenges confronting Christian feminists today who wish to construct a sexual ethic that is both Christian and feminist, one rooted not in the Victorian era, but rather one suited to the modern world.
Congrats to Alumna Associate Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D., who has published a new book Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship which discusses coercive control used to dominate intimate partners and maintain privileges. Through professional and personal experience Fontes provides guidance and support for those who find themselves under coercive control.
Congrats to Alumna Research Associate Cheryl Fish for the publication of her poetry collection Make It Funny, Make It Last (Belladonna). Cheryl is a professor of Writing and Literature at the City University of New York, a poet, fiction writer and essayist.
The FCWSRC is happy to share news of former Research Associate Alicia Grullon's
The project's objective is to co-author a bill with Bronx residents that protects the environmental rights of people in underserved areas and allots at least 5% of city-funded construction funds to sustainable initiatives and organizations in the Bronx.
PERCENT FOR GREEN is part of InClimate an exhibition curated by Regina Cornwell being presented under the auspices of Franklin Furnace and its co-founder Martha Wilson. City residents are invited to round-tables, in public and domestic spaces, where they will engage in conversations on creating solutions for environmental imbalances they identify in their neighborhoods. What is learn from this process will form the basis of the new “Percent for Green” legislation.
PRECENT FOR GREEN will be running from the Longwood Arts Gallery, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street in HOSTOS Community College starting June 5th through August 6th.
Congratulations to former Research Associate Amy Dryanksy who has won the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry for her collection Grass Whistle. The award is sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, the Commonwealth affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In selecting the book, the judges had this to say about her work: “In Amy Dryansky’s, Grass Whistle, we are invited into a world we know, but may have never seen. Her craft is subtle, yet engrossing. Her universal themes are given the perfect amount of loft with her language, her structure, and her unerring sense of the complicated simplicity of life.”
Congratulations to former Research Associate Annina Rüst and her "A Piece of the Pie" project for recieving a grant from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "art and technology" program! For more information, click here.
Congratulations to FCWSRC Research Associate Noa Milman for her recent appointment as a Visiting Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for the 2014-2015 academic year. We wish her all the best in her new position!
Congratulations to FCWSRC Research Associate Eva Paris-Huesca who has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Spanish Literature, Cinema, and Culture at Ohio Wesleyan University. She will begin her new position this Fall. We wish her all the best in her new position!
Former Research Associate Ruth Harriet (Miller) Jacobs, Ph.D., a gerontologist, sociologist, educator, poet, and author of nine books, died on September 4, 2013 at the age of 88. With many years of teaching experience and provided continuing education courses for professionals, Dr. Jacobs led workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad, and for 20 years was a researcher at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College; she remained a Senior Scholar at the Centers until her death.
Dr. Jacobs’ books include: Be An Outrageous Older Woman; Women Who Touched My Life: A Memoir; We Speak for Peace: An Anthology (as editor); Older Women Surviving and Thriving: A Manual For Group Leaders; Button, Button, Who Has the Button?: A Drama About Women’s Lives Today; Out of Their Mouths; Life After Youth: Female, Forty What Next?; ABCs for Seniors: Successful Aging Wisdom from an Outrageous Gerontologist; and Re-engagement in Later Life: Re-employment and Remarriage.
Fiction Versus Fact: How Alice Walker and Nick Mwaluko Author the End of Female Genital Mutilation Public Talk by Tobe Levin and Nick Mwaluko (11/19/13)
Levin also had her new book, Waging Empathy. Alice Walker, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and the Global Movement to Ban FGM (UnCUT/VOICES Press) recently published. For more information and purchasing options, click here!
Forrmer research associate Kim Toffoleti's most recent book, Sport and Its Female Fans, details the experiences of women within sports fandom. This book explores questions such as: Why do women follow sports? How do they participate from the sidelines and what is the significance of this contribution? What can female fandom tell us about gender relations in sport?, by bringing together the varied strands of research being conducted internationally across the social sciences and humanities on this emerging and topical field.
Sandra Matthews, former Research Associate, currently has her photography Timelines series featured at Northeast Exposure Online, the PRC's web-based showcase of regional photography. For her series, Matthews photographed women and then rephotographed them anywhere from a few months to thirty years later. Fashioning these black and white photographs into diptychs, Matthew reveals aspects of the women’s identities and shows the ways in which the self, physical appearance, and even relationships change with time. Like Milton Rogovin’s “Quartets” or Nicholas Nixon’s portraits of the Brown Sisters, Matthew’s portraits depict the passage of time. Unique to Matthews’ work, however, is her focus on women’s issues and her use of newspaper backdrops for many of her portraits. These collaged fragments of newspapers anchor the portraits to a specific time while concomitantly evoking manifold historical and personal narratives. (credit: prcneo.org)
Sonia Kruks' new book Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity was published in November 2012 by Oxford University Press. The book is the first full-length study of Beauvoir's political thinking. Best known as the author of The Second Sex, Beauvoir also wrote an array of other political and philosophical texts that together, constitute an original contribution to political theory and philosophy. Sonia Kruks here locates Beauvoir in her own intellectual and political context and demonstrates her continuing significance. Beauvoir still speaks, in a unique voice, to many pressing questions concerning politics: the values and dangers of liberal humanism; how oppressed groups become complicit in their own oppression; how social identities are perpetuated; the limits to rationalism; and the place of emotions, such as the desire for revenge, in politics. In discussing such matters Kruks puts Beauvoir's ideas into conversation with those of many contemporary thinkers, including feminist and race theorists, as well as with historical figures in the liberal, Hegelian, and Marxist traditions. To learn more about the book, click here.
News of 2012-2013 Research Associates
News of 2011-2012 Research Associates
- Gretchen Lopez is currently teaching at Syracuse University as Assistant Professor in Cultural Foundations of Education. She is also director of the Intergroup Dialogue Program on campus. Lopez continues her focus in intersectionality and multicultural education with her work cited on her project: Critical Lessons and Educational Change.
- Stefanie Van de Peer's article, The Moderation of Creative Dissidence in Syria: Reem Ali’s Documentary Zabad, has been published in the Journal of Cultural Research. She received a position in February as WSA Senior Research Fellow at the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media at the University of Southampton in England.
- Kim Toffoletti: As a professor at Deakin University in Australia, her current interests remain on Australian female football fans, considering the dismantling and maintenance of gendered identities in sports. Toffoletti was recently invited to serve on the editorial board of the new journal Communication and Sport.
- Betty Sharpe will be speaking in September at the Amherst (MA) Historical Society and Florence (MA) Book Club on her previous book, “In the Shadow of the Dam: The Aftermath of the Mill River Flood of 1874." She has been chosen to be the 2012-2013 Mount Holyoke College Archives Scholar in Residence. This fall, she will also be teaching a Junior Year Writing Seminar entitled “American Disasters: 1850-1950” in the University of Massachusetts Amherst History Department.
- Hye Gyong Park is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois(Urbana-Champaign).
- Onni Gust, in collaboration with Ellen Boucher (Amherst College), put together a panel for the November 2012 North American Conference for British Studies on Imperial Exile. Gust will be a 2012-2013 Five College Associate through Five Colleges, Inc.
- Anwar Alkhalldy will be continuing her doctoral research on Shi’I Islamism and Gender in Iraq at Free University Berlin.
- Abigail Dallmann continues to teach at the University Without Walls at the University of Massachusetts, which assists adult learners in completing their bachelor degrees in a wide range of fields.
- Sumiao Li is now Assistant Dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Arts and Sciences.
Aboard the Democracy Train, written by Nafisa Hoobhoy, is a book detailing the decade of democracy in Pakistan (1988-1999) from the perspective of the only woman reporter working during the Zia era at ‘Dawn’, Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper. Through her own personal experiences of ethnic violence, women's rights and media freedoms, Nafisa provides an insight into the politics of the Pak-Afghan region in the post 9-11 era, and exposes how the absence of rule of law claimed the life of its only woman prime minister. (from amazon) Order it here.