What's Up in GWS
*Congratulations to Cristina Alcalde, Susan Bordo, and Ellen Rosenman for completion of their new anthology, Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought. The first collection of its kind, this reader is historically organized and transnational in scope, highlighting key ideas, transformative moments, and feminist conversations across national and cultural borders. Emphasizing feminist cross-talk, transnational collaborations and influences, and cultural differences in context, this anthology heralds a new approach to studying feminist history. Provocations includes engaging, historically significant primary sources by writers of many nationalities in numerous genres—from political manifestos to theoretical and cultural analysis to poetry and fiction. These texts range from those of classical antiquity to others composed during the Arab Spring and represent Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Western Europe, and the United States. Provocations' publication date is set for March 2015.
*November 2014, several GWS faculty and students will be participating in the 2014 NWSA Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year's conference theme is Feminist Transgressions:
- Carol Mason will participate in two panels: (Re)producing the Rural: Camp, Comsumption, and Queer Country Consciousness, and Policing "Normal": Race, Class, and Contestation over Family and Love.
- Karen Tice will participate in the panel, Contesting Masculinities: Gender, Religion, Nation and will also present a paper titled "Masculinities and Sexualities on Christian College Campuses: Affirmations and Disruptions". Dr. Tice will also be part of the roundtable for The Praxis of Gender and Women Studies in Neoliberal Universities: Locating Our Affect, Labor and Possibilities.
- Melissa Stein will also participate in the Policing 'Normal': Race, Class, and Contestation over Family and Love panel and will present her paper, "The 'Wild Child' and a 'Father's Love': Representing Race, Gender, and Normative Family in the 1985 MOVE Crisis".
- Chamara Kwakye will act as a moderator for several panels and will present "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored Girls: Reclaiming Black Girlhoods with Black Women in Academia" as part of the panel, Hear Our Truths: Critically Engaging Black Girlhood and the Scholarship of Ruth Nicole Brown.
- GWS affiliated faculty DaMaris Hill will present "Surfing for Saras: Black Women in Webbed Worlds" as part of the Technologies of Race and the Futurity of Desires: Feminisms, Gendered Narrative, and Cyberspace.
- GWS PhD student Billy Korinko will be on the panel Contesting Masculinities: Gender, Religion, Nation and will present his paper "Pope Francis and the Future of the Church: New Anxieties about Masculinity in the U.S. Catholic Church".
- GWS PhD student Jill Adams will be on the panel Transgressing Privilege: Embodying WGS as a Social Justice Movement at the Community College and will present her paper "Locating Justice: Creative Spaces for (Social) Change".
- GWS PhD student Lauren Copeland will participate in the panel Feminist and Queer Activism in the Middle East and present "LGBT Movements in the Middle East: Appropriating Historical Research for Social Justice".
- GWS Major Mekha McGuire will present her paper "Black Girl, Black Girl, Turn Your Sh*T Down": Using A Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy to Address the Sexual Terrorism of Black Girls" at the panel Reading Between the Lines: Explorations of Visibility, Justice and Truth through Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy.
*In July 2014, Cristina Alcalde was interviewed by El Comercio, the leading newspaper in Peru, about her book La mujer en la violencia [The Woman in the Violence], which was recently published in Spanish by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos and the Fondo Editorial of the Universidad Católica del Peru. The book focuses on the experiences of multiple forms of violence and resistance of women in Lima, Peru. The interview appears here: http://elcomercio.pe/lima/ciudad/hogar-lugar-mas-peligroso-mujer-noticia-1741595
* Srimati Basu's new book, The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India, will be published by University of California Press in January 2015. The Trouble with Marriage is part of a new global feminist jurisprudence around marriage and violence that looks to law as strategy rather than solution. In this ethnography of family courts and other crime and mediation settings in India, Srimati Basu reevaluates Indian feminist theories of marriage, gender violence, and the role of the state. Basu argues that alternative dispute resolutions, originally designed to empower women in a less adversarial legal environment, have created new subjectivities but have also reinforced oppressive socioeconomic norms that leave women no better off, individually or collectively. This volume examines the extent to which feminist visions of divorce, rape, and domestic violence law in India empower women and finds, paradoxically, that these alternative ideas actually reinforce women’s economic and social inequality.
*Congratulations to Srimati Basu, who has been awarded a 2013-2014 Fulbirght-Nehru Research Fellowship.
*The British edition of Susan Bordo’s amazon bestseller The Creation of Anne Boleyn was published this January. Both U.S. and U.K. editions of the book have been widely and favorably reviewed, and Susan is interviewed frequently on radio shows and websites on both continents. She also now blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, and runs a thriving Facebook page (over 10,000 members) devoted to English history, Tudor pop culture, historical fiction, and cultural criticism. To read her blogs, interviews, and reviews of her books, see her website: www.thecreationofanneboleyn.com.
*Congratulations to GWS majors Mekhatansh McGuire and Xavier Watson whose abstracts were accepted for this year's National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)! Mekhatansh will be presenting "Bad Gyals: "One Minute Men & Sexual Supremacy: Women Rappers Both Appropriating & Resisting Sexism and Misogyny within Hip Hop". Xavier will present "Appalachian as Backwards: Persistent Stereotypes Among College Seniors in the South".
*Karen Tice, Chair of GWS and author of Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College Life had an opportunity to talk with Miss Kentucky 2012 Jessica Casebolt, a sophomore English major in the EKU Honors Program from Pikeville, following the Dec 5 Chautauqua lecture.
*Carol Mason has two articles that will be published this fall. "How Not to Pimp Out Reproductive Justice: Adventures in Education, Activism, and Accountability" will appear in Frontiers (Volume 34, No 2, 2013) and "Perpetual States of Emergency: The Sexuality of Terrorism in Middle America" will be published in Feminist Formations (Volume 25, No 2, 2013).
*Srimati Basu is quoted in the article "From Slum to Statehouse: Women candidates from poor areas may alter India's political landscape" in the 40th Anniversary (Fall 2012) issue of Ms. magazine.
*Congratulations to Karen Tice whose book Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and Campus Life has been included in the list of books for the 2012 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association.
*Congratulations to Ellen D.B. Riggle and Sharon S. Rostosky who received the Distinguished Book Award for 2012 from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association for their book, A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being (Rowman & Littlefield).