Negritude Feminisms: Rethinking gender with Black Francophone Female Writers and Activists from Senegal and Martinique

Wed, Dec 4 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
83 College Street, South Hadley
Korka Sall: Negritude Feminisms

Negritude Feminisms reorients the debate about the participation of black women in the Negritude movement by focusing on Annette Mbaye d’Erneville (1926-) and Aminata Sow Fall (1941-) from Senegal, reading their work in conversation with Paulette Nardal (1896-1985) and Suzanne Césaire (1915-1966) from Martinique. So far, negritude is treated as a set of ideas and I am using “doing negritude” to frame it as a set of practices that refocus negritude around the concerns of black women; accompanied with concrete actions to improve their experiences.

Korka Sall is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (A.B.D.) in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation topic is "Negritude feminisms: Francophone Women Writers and Activists in Martinique, Senegal and France from 1920s to 1980s."

Korka came to study in the United States after first getting her M.A. in English from Senegal, West Africa. Her areas of interests include Post-Colonial Studies, Feminist Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Transnational Theory. She enjoys teaching and discussing literature from Francophone countries focusing on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality. She believes that literary texts from the African Diaspora, regardless of the genre, navigate themes of class, power dynamics, imperialism, colonization relevant to the experiences of the people from those places.

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What is Feminist Research?

Mon, Nov 4 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
83 College Street, Mount Holyoke, South Hadley
What is Feminist Research
Dinner and Panel Discussion for Students
Please join students and current Five College Women's Studies Research Center scholars to explore the complexities of defining and doing feminist research. This second annual dinner and panel discussion is open to students from all Five College campuses who are majoring, minoring, and/or interested in women, gender and sexuality studies.
The Five College Women's Studies Research Center is located at 83 College Street at Mount Holyoke College, between Abbey and Dickinson. If arriving by bus, the closest stop is at Chapin Street and College Street.
Please RSVP by October 28th by completing the registration form or emailing Jacquelyne Luce at


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Barbara Deming's Radical Feminist Nonviolence-POSTPONED

Wed, Nov 6 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Integrated Science Building (ISB), Room 145
Resistance Studies Initiative

Inhabiting the In Between: Barbara Deming's Radical Feminist Nonviolence
YNESTRA KING, Research Associate, Five College Women's Studies Research Center and
JOANNE SHEEHAN, Resistance Studies Fellow at The Resistance Studies Initative at UMass Amherst.

As we welcome the resurgence and reinvention of a feminism that informs all of our resistance movements, creating new forms of nonviolent practice of resistance, we urgently need the work of radical lesbian feminist and humanist Barbara Deming. Her activism and writing from the 1950s through the 1980s, as it weaves through the civil rights, anti-war, feminist and gay movements, embodies intersectionality.

Refreshments will be served. Open to all.

This event is co-sponsored by the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

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Save the date: Summer Writing Retreat, May 26-27, 2020

Tue, May 26 2020 (All day) to Wed, May 27 2020 (All day)
83 College Street, Mount Holyoke, South Hadley
FCWSRC Summer Writing Retreat

The Five College Women's Studies Research Center will hold its annual summer writing retreat on May 26-27, 2020. Mark your calendars! More detail and registration closer to the date.

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Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories: From Roe v. Wade to Young v. UPS

Thu, Feb 27 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall

Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories:  From Roe v. Wade to Young v. UPS

Young People Welcome: Young people of all ages are welcome at this event. There will be coloring books and crayons available for children. 
Free and open to the public

Attacks on reproductive rights and justice, from the rollback of abortion rights and contraception access to the separation of children from their parents at the border, are in the news daily. Come hear renowned legal scholars discuss the movement and litigation stories behind important reproductive rights and justice cases and what we can learn from them in this current political moment. Panelists will discuss their recently released book Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories and their specific articles, “The Unfinished Story of Roe v. Wade”  and “Similar in their ability or inability to work”: Young v. UPS and the Meaning of Pregnancy Discrimination.”

Panelists will include:

Linda Greenhouse, Lecturer at Yale Law School and New York Times journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for her work reporting on the Supreme Court.  She is the author of Becoming Justice Blackmun and co-author with Prof Siegel of Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling

Reva Siegel, Professor at Yale Law School.  Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution.  In addition to Before Roe v. Wade, she is also the author of the law school textbook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, and Akhil Reed Amar, 2018), and Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (edited with Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2004).

Kate Shaw, Professor at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The book spans topics including contraception, abortion, pregnancy, and assisted reproductive technologies, telling the stories of these cases using a wide-lens perspective that illuminates the complex ways law is debated and forged―in social movements, in representative government, and in courts. Reading the cases together highlights the lived horizon in which individuals have encountered and struggled with questions of reproductive rights and justice at different eras in our nation’s history―and so reveals the many faces of law and legal change. 

This discussion of reproductive rights and justice stories comes at a critical and perhaps pivotal moment for this area of law. The changing composition of the Supreme Court, increased executive and legislative action, and shifting political interests have all pushed issues of reproductive rights and justice to the forefront of contemporary discourse.


Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate

Five College Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar

Five College Lecture Fund

College of Humanities & Fine Arts, Umass

History, Umass

School of Public Policy, Umass

Health Promotion and Policy, Umass*

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Umass

Legal Studies, UMass

Political Science, Umass

Sociology, Umass

Center for Law, Justice and Societies, UMass

Center for Study of Women & Gender, Smith                                      

Gender Studies, Mt. Holyoke College

History, Amherst College

Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, Amherst College

Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College

PopDev, Hampshire College

Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) Program

Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund

*Departmental sponsorship of various types of events does not constitute an endorsement of the views expressed at those events, rather it is an endorsement of the exploration of complex and sometimes difficult topics. Promoting the free exchange of ideas is one of the most important functions of the university.  The Department of Health Promotion and Policy is committed to supporting the human rights of all, and to redressing the disproportionate burden of suffering that falls upon poor, disenfranchised and marginalized communities.

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