Five College Consortium

Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Spring 2018 Events

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FCWSRC Weekly Faculty Write-on-Site

The FCWSRC will be holding a regular Write-on-Site every Wednesday from 11am-1pm. For more information, email

Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College                                                                                                          

Wednesday, April 18th 

Book Salon with Amy Cox Hall on Framing a Lost City: Science, Photography and the Making of Machu Picchu

Join us for a discussion of Framing a Lost City: Science, Photography and the Making of Machu Picchu (University of Texas Press) by Amy Cox Hall (FCWSRC Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College).

When Hiram Bingham, a historian from Yale University, first saw Machu Picchu in 1911, it was a ruin obscured by overgrowth whose terraces were farmed a by few families. Today Machu Picchu is a UNESCO world heritage site visited by more than a million tourists annually. This remarkable transformation began with the photographs that accompanied Bingham’s article published in National Geographic magazine, which depicted Machu Picchu as a lost city discovered. Focusing on the practices, technologies, and materializations of Bingham’s three expeditions to Peru (1911, 1912, 1914–1915), this book makes a convincing case that visualization, particularly through the camera, played a decisive role in positioning Machu Picchu as both a scientific discovery and a Peruvian heritage site.

Discussants: Rachel Engmann (Assistant Professor of African Studies, Hampshire College), Jennifer Hamilton (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Anthropology, Hampshire College), and Matthew Watson (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst College

**Dinner provided - RSVP HERE**

6:00-8:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College

Friday, April 27th

Pioneer Valley Bread House Gathering

Join others in a community bread-baking with the Pioneer Valley Bread House facilitated by Leda Cooks, Professor in the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst. 

4:30-6:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College

Friday, May 4th - Saturday, May 5th 

"Time, Temperature and Transit" FCWSRC Symposium

With this symposium, we seek to bring together scholars working in feminist science and technology studies to explore the intersecting themes of time, temperature, and transit. Our point of departure is to build on works charting the genealogies of cold storage and the centrality of cold storage to the development and consolidation of the life sciences, especially but not exclusively in the realm of cryopreservation.  Earlier scholarship in this area demonstrates that technologies of cold present challenges to extant understandings of temporality and ontology, relationships between parts and wholes, and concepts of species boundaries and human exceptionalism. We want to bring this literature into an ongoing conversation with feminist perspectives that foreground issues of race, sex, and sexuality as well as histories and genealogies of nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism.

Schedule TBA, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College

Tuesday, May 29 - Friday, June 1st 

Faculty Summer Kick-off Writing Retreat

Please join the FCWSRC for our summer kick-off writing retreat. Participants are asked to be “in residence” during all four days of the retreat, although times and working styles are flexible. A “Write-on-Site” group will take place daily from 10:00-12:00 and will offer opportunities for participants to more formally engage each other’s work if desired. 

10:00am-4:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College