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Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Past 2017-2018 Events


Thursday, February 22nd 

"Indigene Economies: Women Peasants, Artisans and Traders in the 21st Century

Living Room Conversation with Mary Njeri Kinyanjui, FCWSRC Research Associate and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi

According to the World Bank 70% of women in Sub-Saharan Africa are small scale traders while UN Women reports that 74% of women are in the informal economy. In this talk, Kinyanjui looks into the factors contributing to the survival of women peasant, craft and trade activities into the 21st century. She argues that their survival is part of decolonial policies that involve indigenous resistance and resilience to the colonial modernizations and neoliberal projects. Development practice should aim at enfranchising women in the informal sector rather than vanquishing them.

Co-sponsored by The Global Women's History Project at Westfield State University 

11:15am-12:30pm, Scanlon Loughman Living Room, Westfield State University


Wednesday, February 21st 

Book Salon with Loretta Ross on Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique

Join us for a discussion of Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique (Feminist Press) with Loretta Ross (FCWSRC Research Associate and Visiting Associate Professor in Women's Studies, Hampshire College).

The book, co-edited by Loretta Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater Toure, is an anthology assembling two decades’ of work initiated by SisterSong Women of Color Health Collective, creators of the human rights-based “reproductive justice” framework to move beyond polarized pro-choice/pro-life debates. 

Discussants: Carrie Baker (Associate Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Amrita Basu (Professor of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, Amherst College), Joyce Berkman (Professor of History, Emerita, UMass Amherst), Laura Briggs (Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst) and Haile Cole (Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar, Amherst College)

Co-sponsored by the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate and the Five College Reproductive Politics Seminar

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


Wednesday, February 14th

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. 

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


Friday, February 9th 

FCWSRC Spring Semester Opening Roundtable and Reception     

Join us for the FCWSRC's opening roundtable on "Building Alternative Worlds in an Age of Alternative Facts: A Provocation" from 2:00-3:30pm and reception from 3:30-5:00pm.

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


Tuesday, December 5th 

Embodying Coalitions Across the Worlds of Postcolonial and Decolonial Scholarship and Practice - Faculty Reading Group 

Discussion will be on selections from Jodi Byrd's Transit of Empire and Macarena Gómez-Barris' The Extractive Zone.

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


Wednesday, November 8th 

Reception and Book Salon with Gail Hornstein on Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness

Join us for a reception and book salon celebrating the new edition of Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness: Revised and Updated with a New Epilogue by the Author (Routledge, 2017) by Gail Hornstein (Professor of Psychology, Mount Holyoke College).

Discussants: Marty Hadge (Western Mass Recovery Learning Community) and Karen Remmler (Mount Holyoke College)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender Studies and Department of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College. 

Reception 6:00-7:00, Book Salon 7:00-8:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Monday, November 6th 

"Frosties: Chilled Imaginaries on Seeds, Eggs and Ice"                                           Public Talk by Charlotte Kroløkke

Developments within cryobiology have turned frozen biological parts into standard clinical procedure, yet these technological advances are still in sore need of theorizing within cultural studies. This presentation responds to this need by turning to the cryopolitics of reproduction and seed conservation, discussing the cultural imaginaries of (frozen) cells and seeds revealed in the two documentaries: Motherhood on Ice (2014) and Seeds of Time (2014). 

Charlotte Kroløkke is an FCWSRC Research Associate and Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. 

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


Monday, October 30th 

"Constructions of the Flawed Will: Explanations for Alcohol Use After Weight-Loss Surgery" Public Talk by Kate Tyrol

Join the Feminist Science and Technology Studies Initiative and FCWSRC for a talk by Kate Tyrol, PhD Candidate, Science and Technology Studies Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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


Tuesday, October 24th 

Embodying Coalitions Across the Worlds of Postcolonial and Decolonial Scholarship and Practice - Faculty Reading Group 

Discussion will be on selections from Gloria Anzaldúa's Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Escuroand Sara Ahmed's Living a Feminist Life

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


Monday, October 16th 

Book Salon with Britt Rusert on Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture 

Join us for a discussion of Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (NYU Press, 2017) with Britt Rusert (Assistant Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst).

Discussants: Steve Dillon (Hampshire College), Sarah Patterson (UMass Amherst),    Kevin Quashie (Smith College), and Andrea Stone (Smith College) 

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


Wednesday, October 11th 

"Domesticating Genomics: The Quest for a Molecular Medical Clinic in the 21st Century" Public Talk by Karen-Sue Taussig

Join the Feminist Science and Technology Studies Initiative and FCWSRC for a talk by Karen-Sue Taussig, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota.

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


Friday, October 6th 

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


Monday, September 25th 

FCWSRC Works in Progress Seminar for Faculty 

Annie Hill (Five College Women's Studies Research Center Research Associate/Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota) "Ambivalent Borders: Modern-Day Slavery Rhetoric, Human Trafficking, and Migration in the United Kingdom"

Discussants: Joan Cocks (Professor Emeritus of Politics, Mount Holyoke College), Karen Remmler (Chair and Professor German Studies, Mount Holyoke College), Svati Shah (Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst)

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


Friday, September 22nd

Pioneer Valley Bread House Gathering

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

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


Friday, September 15th 

FCWSRC Opening Roundtable and Annual Fall Reception  

Join us for our opening roundtable on "Building Feminist Solidarity Across the Academy" from 2:00-3:30pm followed by the FCWSRC's annual Fall Reception from 3:30-5:00pm to welcome the 2017-2018 Research Associates and new Five College faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

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