Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Mediating Public Spheres: Genealogies of Feminist Knowledge in the Digital Age - Program and Locations

(subject to change)

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Free and open to the public!

April 4th | April 5th | April 6th


Thursday, April 4th

Opening Remarks
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College
4:15-4:30pm 

Karen Remmler (Director, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center)

Keynote 1: ‘I Will Do Everything That I am Asked’:  Spambaiting, Dogshaming, and the Racial Violence of Social Media
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College
4:30-5:45pm

Lisa Nakamura (American Culture Department and Screen Arts and Culture Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Discussant: TreaAndrea Russworm (English, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

6:00-7:15pm  Dinner for Speakers, Willits Hallowell Center, Mount Holyoke College

Keynote 2: Mediated Time Warps: Feminist Genealogies, Queer Bodies and Precarious Publics
Cleveland Hall L3, Mount Holyoke College
7:30-9:00pm

Jackie Stacey (Cultural Studies, University of Manchester)
Discussant: Amelie Hastie (English and Film and Media Studies, Amherst College)


Friday, April 5th

All events at the Willits-Hallowell Center, Morrison Room, Mount Holyoke College, unless otherwise noted.
8:30-9:00am: Coffee/Tea/Refreshments
Panel 1: Bodies/Embodiment
9:00-10:15am

Moderator: tba

Ninette Rothmueller (Alumna Associate, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center)
The Heartbeat of a Machine and I 

Meredith Nash (Sociology, University of Tasmania)
Visualizing Gender: An Examination of Pregnancy through Digital Photographs

Anne Ciecko (Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Neurodiversity, Feminism and the Public Sphere Paradox

Mary Nucci (Human Ecology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey)
(Social) Science: Digital Media and Science Phobia 

10:15-10:30am: Break
Panel 2: Recording Feminist Voices in Political Protest
10:30-12:15pm

Moderator: Mia Reilly,  (Mount Holyoke College, 2014, gender studies major and special minor in women's health)

Elizabeth Currans (Women’s and Gender Studies, Eastern Michigan University)
Mediating Critique and Dialogue: Online Conversations and Local Organizing

Eve Ng (Research Associate, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center)
Sophie Toupin (Research Associate, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center)
Critiquing the Cloud

Dahlia Valle (History, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY)
A Public Voice for Public Bodies? 

Natalia Muñoz (Multimedia Artist, Journalist and Communications and Marketing Consultant, Verdant Multicultural Media)
The Media and Engaging Communities of Color

12:15-1:15 pm: Lunch (for participants and registered guests only)

Opening Remarks: Áine Duggan (President, National Council for Research on Women) 

Networking Tables for Panel Projects

Keynote 3:  An Idea Whose Time is Now! FemTechNet -- A Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC) -- An Alternative MOOC
1:30-2:15pm

Anne Balsamo (Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement)
Alex Juhasz (Media Studies, Pitzer College)
Discussant: Jen Malkowski (Film Studies, Smith College) 

Panel 3: Digital Mapping and Archiving
2:15-4:00pm

Moderator: Lydia Malone, (Mount Holyoke College, 2013, gender studies major and english minor)

Maria San Filippo (Research Associate, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center)
After AfterEllen.com: On-line Queer Media Communities as Critical Counterpublics

Marla Jaksch (Women’s and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey) 
Mapping Differential Geographies: New Media, The Virtual Freedom Trail, and the Politics of (Re)-Telling African Women’s Contributions to the Liberation Struggle in Tanzania

Dorit Naaman (Film and Media, Queen’s University)
Dana Olwan (Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University)
Qatamon in Color: Commemoration, Remembrance, and Im/Possible Presents

Martin Norden (Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
The Role of Digitized Historical Periodicals in Women's Film Research: A Case Study

Kelly Ball (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University)
When Patience Leaves You Dusty: Politicizing the Process of Waiting in the Archive

Jennifer Redmond (History, Bryn Mawr College)
Open Source Technology and Feminist Perspectives: Translating Sources on the History of Women's Education to the Digital Age

4:00-4:15pm Break
Keynote 4: FROM OUR BODIES, OURSELVES, TO OUR COMICS, OURSELVES: GRAPHIC MEDICINE IN THE HEALTH HUMANITIES
4:15-5:30pm

Susan Squier (Women’s Studies, English, and Science, Technology, & Society, Penn State University)
Discussants: Jennifer Hamilton (Legal Studies and Anthropology), Saiya Miller (Activist and co-editor of Not your Mother’s Meatloaf)

5:30-7:00pm 

Reception hosted by President Lynn Pasquerella (Mount Holyoke College), President’s House  (BY INVITATION) 

Panel 4: All Roads Lead to Feminist Science & Technology Studies!  Genealogies of Science in Feminism
7:30-9:00pm,
Location: Cleveland L2, Mount Holyoke College

Five College Feminist Science and Technology Studies Initiative

Kiran Asher (International Development and Social Change Program, Clark University)
Jennifer Hamilton (Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College)
Jacquelyne Luce (Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Lisa McLoughlin (Engineering, Greenfield Community College)
Donna Riley (Engineering, Smith College)
Banu Subramaniam (Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Angie Willey (Five College Feminist Science Studies Faculty)


Saturday, April 6th

Hampshire College (Franklin Patterson Hall)
8:30-9:00am: Coffee/Tea/Refreshments
The Role of Digital Humanities in Gender Studies: From Research to the Classroom

Roundtable and Media Demos of FCWSRC Learning Communities and
Seminars in New Media and Digital Humanities: An opportunity to share ideas, insights, and work in progress.

9:00-9:20am: Race, Gender, and New Media
9:20-9:40am: Gender and Bread: Embodied Gender Online
9:40-10:00am: Five College Feminist Media Justice Colloquium
10:00-10:20am: Digital Feminisms

Student Presentations from Five College seminars
10:30-11:30am 

Karen Koehler (Art and Architectural History, Hampshire College)
Women, Art, and the Avant Garde

Ninette Rothmueller (FCWSRC Alumnae Associate) Smith College and Mount Holyoke College)
Liquid Futures: Water and Sustainable Design in a Globalized Setting

Sonya Donaldson (Africana Studies, Hampshire College)
Growing up Black: Coming-of-Age Narratives in the African Diaspora

11:30-1:30pm: Open Lunch Buffet and Time to Visit Media Demos and Network 
Zine Workshop: Graphic Content: Transforming Sex Education with Comics  

12:30-2:00pm, Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College

Saiya Miller (Educator and Activist, Co-editor of Not your Mother’s Meatloaf)

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to consider and experiment with the comic form as an educational tool.  Discussion will focus on the importance of creating spaces where marginalized experiences of sexuality and often-silenced realities of sexual health can be visible, both in the material and digital worlds. Workshop for students and interested faculty. Limited space available. RSVP to fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu by March 30. 

Screening of “I Am” with featured filmmaker, Sonali Gulati (Photography and Film, Virginia Commonwealth University)
2:30-4:30pm, Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst

Discussion led by Amrita Basu (Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College) and Krupa Shandilya (Women's and Gender Studies, Amherst College)

Closing Reception
4:45pm-6:00pm, Mead Art Museum (Amherst College)

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Program made possible in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Five Colleges, Incorporated  and the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Director’s Discretionary Fund.

Co-sponsors include Amherst College Department of Women’s and Gender StudiesAmherst Cinema Arts CenterAmherst College Office of the PresidentFive Colleges, Incorporated, Digital Humanities Project, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Creativity Center at Hampshire College; Feminist Studies at Hampshire CollegeMount Holyoke College Department of Gender StudiesMiller Worley Center for the EnvironmentMount Holyoke College Office of the PresidentSmith College Department for the Study of Women and Gender, and the UMass Amherst Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.