Past 2018-2019 Events

Wednesday, May 29 - Thursday, May 30 

Faculty Summer Kick-Off Writing Retreat

Join the FCWSRC for our summer kick-off writing retreat for Five College faculty and graduate students. 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. Lunch will be provided daily. 

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

Tuesday, April 30th  

End of Year Feminist Social

Join us as we commemorate the end of the academic year with a Feminist Social! Network with scholars interested in Feminist Studies, connect with new and old colleagues, and share accomplishments at this informal gathering. Attendees will also get the chance to learn about Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) who are co-hosting the event. 

Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments provided

5:00-7:30pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College

Monday, April 29th 

From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real

Public Talk by Esther Rapoport, Clinical Psychologist                                                                                  
Bisexuality is one of the foundational concepts of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory - but unlike his other foundational concepts related to gender and sexuality, and despite the increasing visibility of bisexual lifestyles in contemporary society, it has received little critical attention within the psychoanalytic community. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019) is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of both psychoanalytic and critical (feminist/queer) perspectives.
                                                                                                                                                In her talk, Esther will critique the logical errors inherent to, and the ideological underpinnings of, the Freudian concept of bisexuality, and outline the development (or, rather, lack thereof) of this concept in post-Freudian psychoanalysis. She will then offer some alternative ways to conceptualize bisexuality through the lenses of contemporary psychoanalytic (namely, Lacanian, Winnicottian and Relational) theories. A case vignette will be used to explore the issue of widespread countertransference responses in the clinical setting, as well as to comment on the social pressures facing bisexuals of various genders, and the resultant psychological effects.
                                                                                                                                           Esther Rapoport, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist based in Tel Aviv. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019) is her first book; her prior work has appeared in psychoanalytic journals and queer theory and critical psychology volumes. She is on the board of the Israeli chapter of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and is candidate at the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis, NJ. In the past, she studied at the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley. She is an activist with the Israeli groups Coalition of Women for Peace and Psychoactive - Mental Health Professionals for Human Rights.                                                                                                                                                                    

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

Tuesday, April 23rd  

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

"Exclusions in the Making of ‘Folk Art' in India: Gendered Labour, Sexualized Performance and Caste Stigma"

Anagha Tambe, FCWSRC Research Associate and Director/Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University

This paper looks at lavani, an erotic dance from western India with female yearning as its central motif. It is performed as cultural labour by lower caste women hereditary artists, placed outside the framework of marriage. Such caste-based performance practices are either defined as "folk" being viewed as rural, local and community oriented, or are dismissed as vulgar, degenerate and "just sex/work, and no art". This paper seeks to examine the processes of transformation in these performance practices in post-colonial contexts, and analyse how its elevation and celebration as the folk culture is linked with the assertion of regional identity, and how this marginalizes the living practice of dance/music performance, both materially and symbolically, as corrupt and inauthentic.

Discussants: Lisa Armstrong (Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Indira Peterson (Professor of Asian Studies, Emerita, Mount Holyoke College) and Svati Shah (Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst)

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

Wednesday, April 17th

Works in Progress Film Screening: The Independent Films of Patricia Montoya                                     

Join us for a film screening of two works in progress by Patricia Montoya (FCWSRC Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor of Video and Film, Hampshire College):

Take Me to Yr Borderlands (Love Song to Gloria E. Anzaldúa) - Remixed: A Pilgrimage Music Video Documentary

In the form of pilgrimage, this film follows the late scholar, poet and social critic Gloria Anzaldúa’s path from childhood, as described in Borderlands / La Frontera, the development of her theories about the creative process in the essay Putting Coyolxauhqui Together in her dissertation Light in the Dark/ Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality (edited after her death by theorist and friend, Ana Louise Keating), her house, everyday life and last days in Santa Cruz as described by collaborator and roommate, Irene Reti in The House of Nepantla, to her burial back in the Rio Grande Valley.

Cuando La Rumorosa Calla (When La Rumorosa is Silent) 

Cuando la Rumorosa Calla is the provisional name of an experimental narrative short film based on the play, El Lobizón de la la sierra, written by Gilda Bona (Eudeba, Mundos Celestiales (Coleccion Biblioteca Proteatro) (Textos Teatrales) (Rustico)– 2000).

The film tells the story of a female journalist on the way to investigate a series of femicides in the town of La Rumorosa, located on the border between the United States and Mexico and where she wakes up naked at the end of a overnight bus trip. With an intricate dialogue, the woman confronts the driver and discovers a plot between him, the man who assaulted her and the policeman called to investigate. Her fighting spirit lives on in the defying stance of the women and the youth creating a world of hope and beauty in the streets of the city. 

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

Friday, April 12th  

Sexual Harassment Beyond #MeToo: A Transnational Student Conversation

What are the gaps in sexual harassment protections and prevention on college campuses in the US and abroad? How and why is sexual harassment a violation of international human rights standards? Where do we stand as an international community on these issues at this moment in history?
                                                                                                                                                Join students from the Mount Holyoke College course Human Rights Lab: Transnational Perspectives on LGBTI and Women's Rights and students from the Feminist Club at the American University of Beirut as we explore these issues and others. 
                                                                                                                                                 Co-sponsored by the American University in Beirut NYC-Beirut Briefing series, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, KiP (Knowledge is Power) at the Olayan School of Business (American University of Beirut), Mount Holyoke College Department of Gender Studies, Students from the Feminist Club (American University of Beirut), Students from the Human Rights Lab NEXUS course (Mount Holyoke College)

                                                                                                                                                 9:30-11:30am, Andreola Room, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Mount Holyoke College

Wednesday, April 10th 

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

"'No girl ever thinks of weights or rings or miscellaneous exercises': Physical Education and the Creation of Modern Womanhood"

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

Frances Davey explores the early development of physical education programming at Smith College. Here, the iconic “college girl” emerged, representing a new demographic of educated womanhood. In emphasizing the importance of physical education, college founders, administrators, faculty members, and families of professional means tried to mold students into an ideal that combined progressive ideologies of gender with the pseudoscience of white supremacy. The student response to these directives created a feedback loop in which all constituents negotiated the traits that a fit, modern woman should embody; specifically, whiteness, reproductive viability, and freedom from disability, core tenets of the aspirational American woman of the 20th and 21st century.

Discussants: Mary Renda (Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College) and Nanci Young (College Archivist, Smith College)

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

Monday, April 8th 

"Women, Money, Death and Patriarchy: The Kenyan Experience"

Public Talk by Mary Njeri Kinyanjui, FCWSRC Research Associate and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi

Sharon Otieno was a second year student at Rongo University in Kenya. She was raped, brutally murdered, and deposited in a bush in Uriri, Migori County, on September 3, 2018. Okoth Obado, her rich boyfriend and governor of Migori County, was arrested and accused of the murder. Sharon was thought to be involved in a phenomenon locally known as "sponsorship" where rich men sponsor young girls’ expensive lifestyles. Sharon’s story provoked Kinyanjui to interrogate the issue of women, money, death and patriarchy in Kenya in the context of women's financial uncertainty. Kenyan women are excluded from global financial circuits and have been struggling to earn money in difficult and dangerous terrains, including engaging in precarious work in domestic services, quarrying stones, picking tea, coffee and flowers or spending time in fish markets to make money. This is a contradiction to the lived experiences of girls in sponsored relationships where beauty, youth and sex play a role in accessing money. In this talk, Kinyanjui will trace the reality of Kenyan women's financial precarity from its introduction during the colonial time to the present day Kenya. Kinyanjui will aim to answer the following questions: How were women incorporated into the global money culture? What were the women’s reactions to the introduction of money? What are the emergent male female relationships in relation to money? How has money affected women’s lived feminists’ lives?

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

Wednesday, April 3rd 

Book Salon with Fumi Okiji on "Storytelling, Sound and Silence" from Jazz as Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited

Join us for a discussion with Fumi Okiji (Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst) on her book chapter "Storytelling, Sound and Silence" from Jazz as Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited (Stanford University Press). “Storytelling, Sound and Silence” considers how the tension between wanting to tell communal stories and doing so with distinction permeates jazz work and tradition. Drawing on critical theory, black thought, and the music itself, Okiji explores temporally dispersed artistic collaboration, and what Saidiya Hartman calls the “opacity of black song,” for what they can reveal about the condition of blackness. The chapter also contains the seeds of her current project, an exploration and development of what Denise Ferreira Da Silva has termed “black feminist poethics.” Fueled by her creative practice in improvisation and the sonic arts, and her collaboration within the Mardi Gras Listening Collective, Okiji is exploring the possibilities offered by susceptibility, chance and divination in developing epistemologies that resist the “grip of tools of scientific reason” (Da Silva).

Discussants: Cameron Awkward Rich (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst), Whitney Battle Baptiste (Anthropology, UMass Amherst), Jennifer DeClue (Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Daphne Lamothe (English, Smith College), Stephanie Shonekan (Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst), Porntip Twishime (Commnication, UMass Amherst)

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

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

Wednesday, March 27th 

Anti-Colonial Feminisms Faculty Reading Group 

The reading group will be facilitated by Kiran Asher (Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst) and Michelle Joffroy (Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Latina/o Studies, Smith College). 

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

Monday, March 25th 

Book Salon with Jade Sasser on On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women's Rights in the Era of Climate Change

Join us for a book talk and Q&A with Jade Sasser (Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California, Riverside) on On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women's Rights in the Era of Climate Change (NYU Press).

Since the turn of the millennium, American media, scientists, and environmental activists have insisted that the global population crisis is “back”—and that the only way to avoid catastrophic climate change is to ensure women’s universal access to contraception. Did the population problem ever disappear? What is bringing it back—and why now? In On Infertile Ground, Jade S. Sasser explores how a small network of international development actors, including private donors, NGO program managers, scientists, and youth advocates, is bringing population back to the center of public environmental debate. While these narratives never disappeared, Sasser argues, histories of human rights abuses, racism, and a conservative backlash against abortion in the 1980s drove them underground—until now.  
Using interviews and case studies from a wide range of sites—from Silicon Valley foundation headquarters to youth advocacy trainings, the halls of Congress and an international climate change conference—Sasser demonstrates how population growth has been reframed as an urgent source of climate crisis and a unique opportunity to support women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. ­Although well-intentioned—promoting positive action, women’s empowerment, and moral accountability to a global community—these groups also perpetuate the same myths about the sexuality and lack of virtue and control of women and the people of global south that have been debunked for decades.  Unless the development community recognizes the pervasive repackaging of failed narratives, Sasser argues, true change and development progress will not be possible.  
On Infertile Ground presents a unique critique of international development that blends the study of feminism, environmentalism, and activism in a groundbreaking way. It will make any development professional take a second look at the ideals driving their work.                                                                   

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

Wednesday, March 20th 

FCWSRC Works in Progress Seminar 

“Who Wrote the Book of Love? Sex, Race, and Indigeneity in the Era of Big Data"

Jennifer Hamilton, Professor of Legal Studies and Anthropology, Hampshire College, Director of the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

This chapter explores the scientific practice of mapping genomes, especially techniques that search for traces of “Indigenous DNA” among so-called mixed race peoples. Specifically, it look at the relatively new science of “admixture mapping,” a technique that purports to identify and isolate different parts of the genome inherited from ancestors from continental populations such as African, European, and Amerindian. Such studies are part of an emergent field wherein genomes are treated as archives, akin to historic documents that, when properly read or interpreted, can shed light on personal histories, population-specific migrations, and human origins in general.

Hamilton argues that genomic discussions of hybridity and admixture are often distanced from a larger discussion of sexual politics in colonized worlds, especially in terms of the gendered violence of colonization. She also argues that the specific interest of geneticists in post-Columbian colonial encounters among various European, African, and Indigenous groups cannot be naturalized as obvious; rather, such an interest must be situated in a larger political economy of race, nation, sex, and sexuality. This chapter places genome mapping both in the context of settler nation-states attempting to account for their colonial pasts and in terms of scientific investment in heteronormativity. It demonstrates that tropes of discovery and settlement permeate genomic cartographies and argues for a theoretical framework that insists on the necessity of perspectives from settler colonial studies to discussions of genomics. This chapter is part of a larger book project, The Indian in the Freezer: The Scientific Quest for Indigeneity (under contract with the University of Washington Press).

Discussants: Ashley Smith (Assistant Professor of Native American and Environemental Studies, Hampshire College), Banu Subramaniam (Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst) and Angie Willey (Five College Associate Professor of Feminist Science Studies)

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

Wednesday, March 6th 

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

“Querying 'China-in-Africa': Gender, Sexuality, and Interracial Intimacies"

Mingwei Huang, Mellon Faculty Fellow, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Dartmouth College

As Chinese commodities, infrastructure, and communities expand across the African continent, the mainstream “China-in-Africa” story unfolds as a tale of 21st century neocolonialism. Gender and sexuality animate geopolitical imaginaries yet are rarely examined. Drawing from the analysis of popular texts and extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Johannesburg, this paper theorizes how gender, sexuality, and race mediate representations of China-Africa, and also everyday encounters between Chinese and African actors as new China-Africa flows engender normalizing projects. As this paper argues, the color line of Chinese capital and African labor relies on the daily reproduction of racial boundaries between Chinese and African bodies. These boundaries acutely manifest around interracial desire and anti-miscegenation logics. And yet they are inevitably porous through the public intimacies of exchanging money, sharing toilets, and rubbing up in narrow aisles and cramped warehouses, and the realities of African domestic labor in Chinese households. As is shown, the geopolitics of China-Africa are intimately bound to gender and racialized sexuality.

Mingwei Huang is a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Dartmouth College, where she will transition to Assistant Professor in 2020. At the University of Minnesota, she received a PhD in American Studies with a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies. She is working on her book The Intimacies of Racial Capitalism, an ethnography of Chinese migration in South Africa. She has published and has forthcoming work in Scholar & Feminist OnlineRadical History ReviewThe International Journal of Cultural StudiesAnthropology News, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Discussants: Kiran Asher (Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst) and Laura Briggs (Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst)

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

Wednesday, February 13th 

Book Salon on Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State

Join us for a discussion of Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State with author Stephen Dillon (Assistant Professor of Critical Race and Queer Studies, Hampshire College).

During the 1970s in the United States, hundreds of feminist, queer, and antiracist activists were imprisoned or became fugitives as they fought the changing contours of U.S. imperialism, global capitalism, and a repressive racial state. In Fugitive Life Stephen Dillon examines these activists' communiqués, films, memoirs, prison writing, and poetry to highlight the centrality of gender and sexuality to a mode of racialized power called the neoliberal-carceral state. Drawing on writings by Angela Davis, the George Jackson Brigade, Assata Shakur, the Weather Underground, and others, Dillon shows how these activists were among the first to theorize and make visible the links between conservative "law and order" rhetoric, free market ideology, incarceration, sexism, and the continued legacies of slavery. Dillon theorizes these prisoners and fugitives as queer figures who occupied a unique position from which to highlight how neoliberalism depended upon racialized mass incarceration. In so doing, he articulates a vision of fugitive freedom in which the work of these activists becomes foundational to undoing the reign of the neoliberal-carceral state.

Discussants: Cameron Awkward-Rich (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst), Jen Manion (History, Amherst College) and Britt Rusert (Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)

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

Thursday, December 6th 

Anti-Colonial Feminisms Faculty Reading Group 

Join Five College faculty for a discussion on works by Silvia Federici and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui.

The reading group will be facilitated by Kiran Asher (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst) and Michelle Joffroy (Spanish/Latin American Studies, Smith College). 

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

Thursday, November 29th 

"Building Bridges Between Afrodiasporic Queer Transits in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas"

Public Talk by Tito Mitjans Alayón, Scholar-in-Residence, Cuba Exchange Program, Hampshire College

Tito Mitjans Alayón is an Afro-Cuban trans masculine non-binary feminist scholar and activist. He obtained a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies of Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American History from the University of Havana, Cuba, in 2013, and he is currently a PhD candidate in the program of Feminist Studies and Interventions at the University of Arts and Sciences of Chiapas, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. His areas of interest include Black Critical Studies, Black Feminism, Queer and Gender Studies, and Caribbean History.

Co-sponsored by the Hampshire College Cuba Program

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

Wednesday, November 14th

Film Screening of Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival                                              
Join us for a screening of Fabrizio Terranova's film Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival about feminist thinker and historian of science Donna Haraway who is perhaps best known as the author of two revolutionary works: the essay "A Cyborg Manifesto" and the book Primate Visions. Both texts set out to upend well-established "common sense" categories: breaking down the boundaries among humans, animals, and machines while challenging gender essentialism and questioning the underlying assumptions of humanity’s fascination with primates through a post-colonial lens.                                                                                                                                                                The film features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller, and the film is structured around a series of discussions held in the California home she helped build by hand, on subjects including the capitalism and the anthropocene, science fiction writing as philosophical text, unconventional marital and sexual partnerships, the role of Catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives. It is a remarkably impressive range, from a thinker with a nimble and curious mind.   
Co-sponsored by the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     7:00-9:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College                                                                        

Wednesday, October 24th 

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

“Gender and Microfinancing: A South Asian Experience"

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

Friday, October 19th 

"Intersectional Inequities: Structural Constraints of Navigating Autism Services"

Public Talk by Jennifer Singh, Associate Professor of Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Intersectional forms of oppression are central to understanding autism disparities, however little is known about how such disparities are situated at the intersection of race, social class and gender. Drawing on the analytic framework of intersectionality developed by Black feminist scholars, the purpose of this presentation is to offer a grounded theory qualitative analysis based on in-depth interviews with single Black women (mothers and grandmothers) who are navigating autism services within the constraints of Medicaid health insurance and other limited resources. An intersectional approach offers a framework to interrogate how race, class, gender and other social locations operate simultaneously in social life rather than working as a single category. Importantly, it examines how power is organized, distributed, maintained, and challenged based on these intersecting social categories and the impacts it has on families, and ultimately children with autism. These alternative ways of knowing have been excluded in the representations of autism disparities thus far and offer important insight to the inextricable link between autism disparities and the structural, historical, and situational contexts of Black women’s lives.

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

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

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)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst

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

Friday, October 5th 

FCWSRC Fall Break Faculty Writing Retreat  

Join Five College faculty, graduate students, and FCWSRC research associates for a day-long writing retreat. 

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

Tuesday, October 2nd 

Book Salon with Rajani Bhatia on Gender Before Birth: Sex Selection in a Transnational Context

Join us for a book talk and Q&A with Rajani Bhatia (Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality, University at Albany, SUNY) on her new book Gender Before Birth: Sex Selection in a Transnational Context (University of Washington Press).

In the mid-1990s, the international community pronounced prenatal sex selection via abortion an "act of violence against women" and "unethical." At the same time, new developments in reproductive technology in the United States led to a method of sex selection before conception; its US inventor marketed the practice as "family balancing" and defended it with the rhetoric of freedom of choice. In Gender before Birth, Rajani Bhatia takes on the double standard of how similar practices in the West and non-West are divergently named and framed.

Bhatia's extensive fieldwork includes interviews with clinicians, scientists, biomedical service providers, and feminist activists, and her resulting analysis extends both feminist theory on reproduction and feminist science and technology studies. She argues that we are at the beginning of a changing transnational terrain that presents new challenges to theorized inequality in reproduction, demonstrating how the technosciences often get embroiled in colonial gender and racial politics.

Co-sponsored by the Population & Development Program at Hampshire 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"

The reading group will be facilitated by Kiran Asher (Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst) and Michelle Joffroy (Associate Professor of Spanish, Smith College)

6:00-8:00pm, 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), Lise Sanders (Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College) and Elizabeth Young (Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College)

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty and the School of Humanities, Arts and Culture Studies at Hampshire College

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

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