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Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Past 2016-2017 Events


SPRING 2017


Friday, May 5th 

Academic Feminism at Work: The Year in Review - Concluding Roundtable and End of Year Reception 

Join us for our concluding roundtable from 3:30-5:00pm and end of year reception from 5:00-6:00pm.

3:30-6:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, May 3rd

Queer Feminisms Reading Group

Banu Subramaniam facilitates a discussion of Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble (Duke University Press, 2016). 

5:30-7:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Thursday, April 27th

FCWSRC Book Salon "DISSENT!"

Join us for a book salon conversation where we will explore issues of "Dissent" in the face of rising religious nationalism and political authoritarianism across the globe.

Amrita Basu (Departments of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, Amherst College), Violent Conjunctures in Democratic India (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Elif Babul (Department of Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College) Bureaucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey (Forthcoming)

Fareen Parvez (Department of Sociology, UMass Amherst), Politicizing Islam: The Islamic Revival in France and India (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Moderated by Banu Subramaniam

Co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Certificate Program, UMass Amherst

6:00-8:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Monday, April 24th 

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar 

Jennifer DeClue (Assistant Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College) "Visualizing Archives of Violence: Kara Walker's Bureau of Refugees Series"

Amy Jordan (Associate Professor of African American History, Hampshire College)  “'They Would Have to See Him Before They Could Help Me': Welfare Rights and Anti-Poverty Organizing in Mississippi, 1965-1968”

Traci Parker (Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)                  “Towards Walmart: The End of the Department Store Movement”

Discussants: Barbara Krauthamer (UMass Amherst), JT Roane (Smith College), and Christopher Tinson (Hampshire College)

6:00-8:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Friday, April 21st

Queer Feminisms Reading Group

Laura Briggs facilitates a discussion of Emily Hobson’s Lavender and Red: Gay and Lesbian Solidarity in the Left (University of California Press, 2016).

5:30-7:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Tuesday, April 18th

FCWSRC Book Salon "Queering Feminisms"

Manuela Picq (Department of Political Science, Amherst College) Queering Narratives of Modernity (Peter Lang, 2016)                                                                              

Discussants: Kiran Asher and Millie Thayer 

Angie Willey (Five College Assistant Professor of Feminist Science Studies)Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology (Duke University Press, 2016)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Discussants: Christian Gundermann, Jennifer Hamilton, and Jacquelyne Luce

5:30-7:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, April 5th

FCWSRC Book Salon "Celebrating Postcolonial Literatures"

Carol Bailey (Department of English, Westfield State University), A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction (University of West Indies Press, 2014)

Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Departments of Black Studies and English, Amherst College)   I and I: Epitaphs for the Self in the Work of V.S. Naipaul, Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott (University of the West Indies Press, 2016)

Krupa Shandilya (Department of Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies, Amherst College) Intimate Relations: Social Reform and the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2017)

Discussants: Kimberly Juanita Brown, Ambreen Hai, Asha Nadkarni, and Shakuntala Ray

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


Thursday, March 30th 

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Tasting Feminisms" 

Leda Cooks (Department of Communication, UMass Amherst) "Baking as a Pedagogy of Performativity: Kneading Voices and Memories at the Pioneer Valley Bread House"

Discussants: Julie de Chantal and Shakuntala Ray 

Shakuntala Ray (Department of English, UMass Amherst) "Culinary Transgressions: The Crisis of Taste in Anglophone Indian Fiction"

Discussants: Asha Nadkarni and Banu Subramaniam

*Please note that Kirsten Leng's paper will be rescheduled to a future date

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


Tuesday, March 21st

Trans Studies and Reproductive Justice: Curricular and Pedagogical Issues             

Please join us and special guest micha cárdenas (University of Washington, Bothell) for a discussion on:

How does and can trans studies extend and reshape the parameters of reproductive justice?  What do reproductive justice frameworks offer trans studies?  What curricular and pedagogical opportunities are opened up by an emerging field of trans reproductive justice?  

Co-sponsored by the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program and the Trans Studies Speakers Series, UMass Amherst

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


Wednesday, March 8th

Feminist Movements in a Reactionary Era:  A Teach In, Talk Around and Walk Out Honoring the International Women's Strike

Panelists will include Sonia Alvarez (UMass Amherst), Elora Chowdhury (UMass Boston), Islah Jad (Birzeit University, Palestine), Benita Roth (Binghamton University), Svati Shah (UMass Amherst), and Millie Thayer (UMass Amherst), Moderator: Kristin Bumiller (Amherst College)

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College Lamont Fund, Five College Lecture Fund, Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC), Hampshire College Feminist Studies Program, Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Department, Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender, UMass Amherst Religious Studies Certificate Program, UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

4:30-7:00pm, Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College


Wednesday, March 7th

Feminist Movements in a Reactionary Era - Faculty Workshops

Workshop 1: Authoritarianism, Religion, and the State 4:00-6:00pm                         Moderators: Krupa Shandilya, Susan Shapiro, Banu Subramaniam

How have women's movements responded to the growth of conservative religious parties and movements? What kinds of fissures have emerged between secular and religious women activists and how should we assess feminist debates on secularism in an era of growing Islamophobia? 

Workshop 2: Neoliberalism and Feminism 7:00-9:00pm                                             Moderators: Kiran Asher and Manuela Picq

The growth of neoliberalism has had complicated implications for feminism. How should we assess its impact on NGOs and NGO-ization? What are its consequences for women from poor, indigenous communities, ethnic, sexual and religious minorities? What lessons can feminists learn from the past about the alliances and coalitions they should form in the future? 

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College Lamont Fund, Five College Lecture Fund, Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC), Hampshire College Feminist Studies Program, Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Department, Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender, UMass Amherst Religious Studies Certificate Program, UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

4:00-9:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Thursday, March 2nd

DES Symposium: A Population Health Tragedy 

DES (diethylstilbestrol) was the first synthetic estrogen and endocrine disruptor. Poorly tested and over-promoted to doctors, DES was distributed to millions of women in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and early 70s. They were told it would save "at risk" pregnancies, but was proven to cause miscarriages and also induce breast cancer for mothers. Cancer, infertility, and epididymal cysts were just some of the effects on the children who were exposed in utero. Still, it took the FDA more than 30 years to instruct doctors not to use it on pregnant women. 

Learn more about DES and about the Archives of DES Action USA which is now available as a resource in the Sophia Smith International Women’s History Collection at Smith College.

Presented in collaboration with the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Program and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

5:30-7:30pm, Room: Cleveland L2, Mount Holyoke College


Wednesday, February 22nd

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Feminist Biographies" 

Laura Lovett (Department of History, UMass Amherst) "With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Activist's Life" - Discussants: Ashley Brown and Diana Sierra Becerra 

Verónica Zebadúa Yáñez (Five College Women's Studies Research Center Associate/Ph.D. Candidate in Politics, New School for Social Research) "The Life of Rahel: Hannah Arendt’s Epistemology of the Margins" - Discussants: Ali Aslam and Karen Remmler 

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


Friday, February 3rd

Academic Feminisms Series: Installing Speed Bumps - How to Cultivate Slow Work                                                                                                                                              Join us for a roundtable discussion on slow work in the academy. 

2:00-4:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


FALL 2016


Friday, December 16th

Pioneer Valley Bread House Gathering

Join others in a community bread-baking with the Pioneer Valley Bread House. 

5:00-7:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Friday, December 9th

Working Feminism Lecture Series - Revaluing Academic Life                                

We will continue our year long conversation on academic feminism(s) and will end with a discussion of the recent election and its implications for the next four years. 

2:00-5:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Friday, November 18th

Pioneer Valley Bread House Gathering

Join others in a community bread-baking with the Pioneer Valley Bread House. 

5:00-7:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Monday, November 14th

Slow Food and Slow Living: Book Talk with Barbara Katz Rothman

A discussion with Barbara Katz Rothman on her new book A Bun in the Oven: How the Food and Birth Movements Resist Industrialization (NYU Press 2016).

Barbara Katz Rothman is Professor of Sociology, Public Health and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York. Her previous books include In LaborThe Tentative PregnancyRecreating MotherhoodThe Book of Life and, with Wendy Simonds, Laboring On.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research at UMass Amherst and the Department of Sociology at Smith College

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


Friday, November 4th

Afterlives of Colonialism: Theorizing the Postcolonial and Decolonial                         A Roundtable Discussion

Confirmed participants:

Kiran Asher, Payal Banerjee, Laura Briggs, Rebecca Dingo, Jennifer Hamilton, Miliann Kang, Kirsten Leng, Kimberlee Perez,  Banu Subramaniam, Angie Willey

2:00-4:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Thursday, October 27th

FCWSRC Book Salon "Queering Feminisms"

Manuela Picq, Queering Narratives of Modernity (Peter Lang, 2016) 

Critics: Kiran Asher, Leila Kawar, Alix Olson, Millie Thayer

Angie Willey, Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology (Duke University Press, 2016)

Critics: Lezlie Frye, Christian Gundermann, Jacquelyne Luce, Jordy Rosenberg

6:00-9:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Tuesday, October 18th

Madam President! Feminist Work in the Public Sphere                                                   A Roundtable on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election 

Confirmed participants:

Lisa Armstrong, Kiran Asher, Laura Briggs, Jennifer Hamilton, Betsy Hartmann, Miliann Kang, Karen Lederer, Kirsten Leng, Karen Remmler, J.T. Roane, Jeanine Ruhsam, Krupa Shandilya, Lucia Suarez, Banu Subramaniam, Sarah Tanzi, Veronica Zebadua Yanez

Co-sponsored by the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst

5:00-7:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Monday, October 17th

Rad Women Worldwide Book Reading                                                 

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women              A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world.

In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. Featuring an array of diverse figures from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica), this progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women's history.

Co-sponsored by the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

7:00pm, Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley


Friday, October 14th

Pioneer Valley Bread House Gathering

Join others in a community bread-baking with the Pioneer Valley Bread House. 

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


Wednesday, October 5th

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Transnational Flows of Health and Migration"

Gabriele Sobiech (FCWSRC Associate/Sociology, University of Education, Freiburg)"Fitness and Health in Times of Demographic Change: Intersectional Analysis of the 'Self-Techniques' of Older Women - A Comparison of Germany and the U.S."

Victoria Rizo Lenshyn (FCWSRC Associate/German & Scandinavian Studies, UMass Amherst) "An Ambivalent Belonging: Germans Documenting the Namibian Children from the GDR"

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


Friday, September 30th 

Working Feminism Lecture Series - New Work/Slow Work: Whither the 40 Hour Work-Week?

Join us for a panel discussion on "New Work/Slow Work".

2:00-4:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Thursday, September 29th

Politics of Resistance/20th Century Imperialism Working Group

A joint FCWSRC Research Associate/Five College faculty group that will meet once a month to explore issues relating to the theme with content and form determined by members. 

3:00-5:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Friday, September 23rd

Bodies and Embodiment Working Group

A joint FCWSRC Research Associate/Five College faculty group that will meet once a month to explore issues relating to the theme with content and form determined by members. 

3:00-5:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Thursday, September 22nd

Pioneer Valley Bread House Gathering

Join others in a community bread-baking with the Pioneer Valley Bread House. 

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


Friday, September 16th

FCWSRC Fall Reception Celebrating 25 Years!

The FCWSRC's annual Fall Reception celebrating the Center's 25th anniversary and welcoming the 2016-2017 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 


Friday, September 16th 

Working Feminism Lecture Series - Re/Configuring Work in the Neoliberal University

Join us for a panel discussion immediately before the Center's Fall Reception

2:00-4:00pmFCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley