2012 Graduate Research Conference

Friday March 23, 2012
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

Opening Remarks

  • Honey Meconi, University of Rochester
    Director, Susan B. Anthony institute for Gender and Women's Studies

Keynote Address

  • "Feminism in Relation to the Past, Present, and Future"
    Nancy Cott, Harvard University
    Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History
    Director, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
    Director, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

10:15am - 12:00pm Panel One: Regulating Women

Moderator: Ayala Emmett (Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester)

  • Julie White and Nahako Kawakyu-O'Connor (University of Rochester), "From 'Welfare Queen' to the 'Food Stamp President': Rhetoric Meets Reality in an Examination of the Effects of Work-first Policies for Low-Income Women Students at Community Colleges"

  • Kristen Wilmott (University of Rochester), "Faculty Navigation Strategies for Academia's Gendered Balancing Act"

  • Kathleen Hammond (University of Cambridge), "Assistive Reproductive Technology Legislation and Women: The Relationship Between Canadian Egg Donors and the Canadian Assisted Human Reproduction Act"

  • Juhi Roy (Univeristy of Buffalo), "Voices of Violence: The Dowry Victims of Bihar, India"

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm - 2:05pm Panel Two: Printed Matter(s)

Moderator: David Bleich (Department of English, University of Rochester)

  • Amelia Marini (CUNY), "Playing the Part: Imaginative Womanhood in Little Women"
  • Staci Stustman (Syracuse), "Queering the Blog: The Sex Blog Revolution"
  • Sara Erdmann (SUNY Binghamton), "Mother to Martyr: Motherhood and Identity in Anglophone Fiction, 1950-Present"

2:15pm - 3:35pm Panel Three: Feminisms' Histories

Moderator: Nancy Hewitt (Department of History and Department of Women's Studies, Rutgers)

  • Serenity Sutherland (University of Rochester), "Ellen Richards and Food Reformation in Progressive America"

  • Nova Robinson (Rutgers), "Tracing Transnationalisms: Pan-Arab Women's Activism, 1920-1940"

  • Laura Ping (CUNY), "Throwing off the 'Draggling' Dresses: Dress Reform 1848-1898"

3:45pm - 5:30pm Panel Four: Contested Visualities

Moderator: Rachel Remmel (American Studies, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester)

  • Maria Daxenbichler (University of Buffalo), "Competing Agencies: Feminist Perspectives on the French Headscarf Debate"

  • Muna Husain (SUNY Binghamton), "The Alternative Feminist Revolution"

  • Tanya Watson (University of Ottawa), "Of Pinterest: Womanhood and Popular Mottos"

  • Julie White (University of Rochester), " 'What You Call Hoochie Mama, I call a Woman Who's Free': Negotiating Tensions of Sexuality, Gender, and Eroticism in a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community Coffeehouse"

Download the conference poster (PDF)


Download the Susan B. Anthony Lecture poster (PDF)


The Department of Art & Art History
The Department of English
The Program in Film & Media Studies
The Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies
The Graduate Organizing Group
The Department of History
The Department of Modern Languages & Cultures
The Department of Musicology
The Program in Visual & Cultural Studies
The Warner School of Education

Conference Organizing Committee

Julianne Heck

Rebecca Burditt
Michelle Finn
Lisa Vandenbossche
Genevieve Waller
Katie Van Wert