Five College Consortium

Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Fall 2018 Events


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Friday, September 14th

FCWSRC Fall Reception  

Join us for the FCWSRC's annual Fall Reception to welcome our 2018-2019 Research Associates and new Five College faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

4:00-6:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, September 26th 

Book Salon with Susana Loza on Speculative Imperialisms: Monstrosity and Masquerade in Postracial Times

Join us for a discussion of Speculative Imperialisms: Monstrosity and Masquerade in Postracial Times (Lexington Books) by Susana Loza (FCWSRC Research Associate and Associate Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Media Studies, Hampshire College).

Speculative Imperialisms explores the (settler) colonial ideologies underpinning the monstrous imaginings of contemporary popular culture in the Britain and the US. Through a close examination of District 9, Avatar, Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, and steampunk culture, Susana Loza illuminates the durability of (settler) colonialism and how it operates through two linked yet distinct forms of racial mimicry: monsterization and minstrelsy. Speculative Imperialisms contemplates the fundamental, albeit changing, role that such racial simulations play in a putatively postracial and post-colonial era. It brings together the work on gender masquerade, racial minstrelsy, and postcolonial mimicry and puts it in dialogue with film, media, and cultural studies. 

Discussants: Laura Briggs (FCWSRC Research Associate and Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst), Jina Kim (Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), and Elizabeth Young (Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College)

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


Thursday, September 27th 

Anti-Colonial Feminisms Faculty Reading Group 

Discussion will be on selections from Feminist Studies Vol 43, No 3, a special issue on "Decolonial and Postcolonial Approaches: A Dialogue"

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


Friday, October 5th 

FCWSRC Fall Break Faculty Writing Retreat  

Join Five College faculty and FCWSRC Research Associates for a day-long writing retreat. 

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


Wednesday, October 17th 

Book Salon with Betsy Krause on Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion

Join us for a discussion of Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion (University of Chicago Press) by Betsy Krause (Professor of Anthropology, UMass Amherst).

The coveted “Made in Italy” label calls to mind visions of nimble-fingered Italian tailors lovingly sewing elegant, high-end clothing. The phrase evokes a sense of authenticity, heritage, and rustic charm. Yet, as Betsy Krause uncovers in Tight Knit, Chinese migrants are the ones sewing “Made in Italy” labels into low-cost items for a thriving fast-fashion industry—all the while adding new patterns to the social fabric of Italy’s iconic industry. Krause offers a revelatory look into how families involved in the fashion industry are coping with globalization based on longterm research in Prato, the historic hub of textile production in the heart of metropolitan Tuscany. She brings to the fore the tensions—over value, money, beauty, family, care, and belonging—that are reaching a boiling point as the country struggles to deal with the same migration pressures that are triggering backlash all over Europe and North America.

Discussants: Anna Botta (Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, Smith College), Calvin Chen (Associate Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke College), Anne Ciecko (Associate Professor of Communication, UMass Amherst), and Vanessa Fong (Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College)

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


Wednesday, October 24th 

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

“Microfinance: An Approach to Women’s Empowerment or a Cycle of Dependency for the Future” 

Shagufta Nasreen, FCWSRC Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, University of Karachi

This paper argues that micro-financing is embraced in developing countries as a development intervention for women's empowerment despite growing into a large global industry creating a cycle of dependency for its borrowers. Drawing on evidence from qualitative field research, this research explores the experiences of Pakistani women borrowers and intends to compare it to earlier studies in the South Asian region to analyze how their work situations are shaped by local socio-cultural norms and globalized development agendas. 

Discussants: Lisa Armstrong (Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Marta Calas (Professor of Management, UMass Amherst), Svati Shah (Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst), and Priyanka Srivastava (Assistant Professor of History and Economics, UMass Amherst)

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


Wednesday, November 28th 

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

“No girl ever thinks of weights or rings or miscellaneous exercises”: The Genesis of Physical Education Programming

Frances Davey, FCWSRC Research Associate and Assistant Professor of History, Florida Gulf Coast University

This is the first chapter in a manuscript titled “’Strong and Sure as Well as Fair and Soft’: Physical Education, Athletics, and the Roots of Women’s Physical Activism,” which argues that college women debated evolving ideologies of reproductive agency, vocational aspirations, and other forms of independence through fitness programming. This chapter focuses on physical education programming implemented at the founding of women’s colleges and coeducational universities. It examines the relationship between institutions’ missions and their fitness curricula. In so doing, this chapter explores the role that women’s collegiate physical education played in shoring up or diluting provincial notions of respectable womanhood and feminine weakness.

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


Thursday, December 6th 

Anti-Colonial Feminisms Faculty Reading Group 

Readings to be announced

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