Friday, January 28, 2011

Call for Papers: National Women's Studies Association Conference

2011 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference
Atlanta, GA, November 10-13, 2011
For more conference details, see

Deadline to submit abstracts: February 11, 2011

3 CFPs:
·      Live to Be a Hundred: Creative Interventions in Cultural Narratives of the Fourth Age 
·      Menopause: Transforming the Master’s Narratives
·      From Bella Swan to Betty White: Gendered Aging in Popular Culture

Live to Be a Hundred: Creative Interventions in Cultural Narratives of the Fourth Age 

Many of us as feminists and women’s studies scholars would agree with theorist Thomas Cole that cultural narratives, although in some sense very real, don’t “exist in some natural realm, independently of the ideals, images, and social practices that conceptualize and represent them.”  Both we and Cole would argue that these narratives are largely constituted by acts of representation and are subject to cultural transformation.  Yet, interestingly, Cole was focusing on an aspect of identity that appears infrequently in critical feminist thought: aging and old age.  Although feminism as a discipline has yet to transform its own narratives about aging and old age, many feminists, such as Margaret Cruikshank (Learning to Be Old) and Margaret Gullette (Aged by Culture), urge us to make the connection between aging and narrative, and to examine how we, as feminists, can creatively intervene to transform our cultural narratives about women growing older.  This panel welcomes papers that explore how we are incorporating or interpreting art, music, literature, film, or other creative media to study and re-vision cultural narratives of women in the fourth age, the oldest old, many of whom are living beyond one hundred.  What alternative myths and tropes are we creating that will transform our understandings about what it means for women to reach and to live in the fourth age?  Topics for these papers may include, but are not limited to:
  • gender’s impact on narratives and images of those who have passed one hundred years old
  • the fear and fascination that coexist within cultural narratives of the fourth age
  • how feminists have politically challenged the cultural and material inequalities that the fourth age can bring by working for greater social justice that will improve these women’s lives
  • feminist interventions that have distinguished dependency from incompetence , highlighting that strengths can coexist with frailty
  • feminist representations of the fourth age as an achievement to be celebrated rather than a stage of life to be feared
  • the narratives of visibility that explore the continuing growth and creativity of the oldest old
  • how historical and material circumstances affect opportunities for late-life creativity
  • the change over time in the cultural narratives and visual representations of the oldest old
  • how depictions of aging and the oldest old can conflate personal anxieties about growing old with cultural attitudes about the future
  • the alignment and disconnections between cultural narratives about the fourth age and women’s own narratives of their lives

Send 100-250 word abstracts with a title by February 11, 2011, to Pamela Gravagne at  Please include your full name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, and email address. 

Menopause: Transforming the Master’s Narratives

The definition and meaning(s) of menopause have long been contested ground.  Feminist health narratives resisting the medicalization of menopause have battled dominant Western medical narratives of menopause as a deficiency disease in need of hormone replacement therapy.  At the same time, menopausal women’s bodies have been a focal point for discourse on the nature of femininity and women’s roles, as well as the relationship between aging and gender and sexuality.   This panel seeks papers that explore feminist interventions into scientific, cultural and public health debates about menopause, or how the debates over menopause have helped to shape feminist practices and women’s studies as a discipline.  Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
·      Feminist contributions and responses to scientific research on and cultural narratives about hormone replacement therapy
·      Feminist critiques of traditional knowledge production about menopause (particularly the medicalization of menopause) and/or alternate feminist epistemologies of menopause
·      Exploration of feminist appropriations of the politics of naming the menopausal experience (the change, the silent passage, crones, etc.)
·      Feminist critiques, or feminist creations, of images and representations of menopausal women
·      The impact of public debates about the meaning/treatment of menopause on feminist practices both in the academy and without
·      Employing transnational menopausal experiences to challenge the dominant Western medical narrative of menopause
·      Investigations of feminist attention to (or lack thereof) the politics of aging in the contesting narratives of menopause

Send 100-250 word abstracts by February 11, 2011 to Erin Gentry Lamb at Please include your full name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing and email addresses.

From Bella Swan to Betty White: Gendered Aging in Popular Culture

Responding to the theme of “Creative Interventions,” this panel seeks presentations which address the intersections of aging, women, and popular culture. From age-less vampires, to reality shows profiling the sex lives of senior citizens, to a successful Facebook campaign which resulted in Betty White’s recent Saturday Night hosting gig, age has recently been at the forefront of popular culture in a variety of ways.

What do our recent cultural productions tell us about the ways we view aging and gender? Is visibility about age always a positive, or does it still manifest itself in troubling ways? How do popular TV programs, films, books, and/or social media address the intersection of age and womanhood? What stereotypes do these texts promote or subvert? How can one approach such texts from a feminist viewpoint? 

Send 100-250 word abstracts with a title by February 11, 2011, to Melanie Cattrell at  Please include your full name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, and email address. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dan Mueller: Publication News

Dan Mueller's essay, "I'm OK, You're OK," appears in the current issue of The Missouri Review.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

eWords: See Also

See Also is a library weblog written by Steve Lawson, who is the Humanities Liaison Librarian for the Tutt Library at Colorado College. He writes about academic libraries and librarianship, libraries and technology, and similar topics.

His post, "Abolish tenure in the name of academic freedom, " has an unusual solution to the issue of tenure and academic freedom - he suggests a reverse tenure: "New hires have seven years of tenure, starting their first day on the job. Aside from gross negligence, they are untouchable. They can follow their ideas wherever they lead. After seven years, tenure is revoked."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

eWords: La Bloga

La Bloga is devoted to promoting and discussing Chicano & Chicano, Latino & Latina authors, novelists, essayists, poetas, children's story authors, teachers, lawyers, y otros. With dozens of contributors and over six years of archives, the blog is a rich resource for researchers and writers alike.

Read the blog here

Of Interest: Liz Coleman on a Liberal Arts Revolution

"Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day."

This 2009 TED talk proposes dramatic and controversial changes to not only the structure but the purpose of a Liberal Arts education

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Carrie Cutler: Pushcart Nomination

Congratulations to Carrie Cutler who has been nominated for a Pushcart by Redheaded Stepchild Mag. She has also had another poem, "Kids, They've Been Telling Me There's Something Wrong With Me for Years,"  picked up by Mas Tequila, publication date TBA.

Teaching Resources: Citation Game

Looking for a way to teach (or learn) how to find good source material and properly construct a bibliography? Developers at the University of Michigan have created a research and citation game. Learn more here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dan Mueller: Publication News

Dan Mueller's short story, "At Night We Play Hearts," has been published in The Iowa Review. See their website here.

Feminist Research Institute Spring 2011 Inaugural Lecture: Cordelia Fine

The Feminist Research Institute announces their inaugural and marquee spring 2011 lecture:

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds Society and Neuroscience Create Difference

Cordelia Fine
Thursday, January 20th
7 p.m.
SUB Lobo A & B

Dr. Fine will be discussing her wildly popular 2010 book, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neuroscience Create Difference.

About the book:
The neuroscience that we read about in magazines, newspaper articles, books, and sometimes even scientific journals increasingly tells a tale of two brains, and the result is more often than not a validation of the status quo. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender.

"a fabulous combination of wit, passion, and scholarship ... This marvelous and important book will change the way readers view the gendered world."
-Publishers Weekly

"[B]oth sexes should rejoice at Cordelia Fine's new book, Delusions of Gender, a vitriolic attack on the sexism masquerading as psychology that is enjoying a renaissance. ... impeccably researched and bitingly funny"
-London Evening Standard

Dr. Cordelia Fine is an academic psychologist and writer who studied at Oxford, Cambridge, and University College London. She is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Agency, Values & Ethics at Macquarie University, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has been described as "that rare academic who's also an excellent writer" (Library Journal), a "cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humor and an intelligent sense of reality" (The Times), "a brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences" (Times HES) and "a science writer to watch" (Metro).

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Jim Burbank: Interview

This Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 PM Gene Grant will interview Jim Burbank about his book on wolves on New Mexico for the program New Mexico in Focus on KNME.

The program should also be posted on the New Mexico in Focus website soon after the broadcast.

Kathleen Washburn and Jesse Alemán at the 2011 MLA

At the 2011 MLA, hosted in Los Angeles, Dr. Kathleen Washburn will be presiding over the session "Poetic Visions and Revisions," a panel arranged by the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures, and Dr. Jesse Alemán will be presenting "Reinventing Mexican America: The Narrative of Chicano/a Hemispheric History" in the Hemispheric Approaches to Chicana and Chicano Studies session organized by the Division on Chicana and Chicano Literature.