Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Founded in 2010, the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop advances and energizes interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration among feminist scholars locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. At our convivial meetings, faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars present and discuss research-in-progress.  A fertile space for idea-incubation, the workshop also is community-building, enabling students and faculty to network with potential committee members, mentors, and colleagues beyond the boundaries of their home departments. All events are free and open to the public.

SPRING 2024 Events

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February 21, 2024 - 12PM (EST) via Zoom

"'Our dimness brightened in her smile': Sex, Race, and Latinidad in US Higher Education, 1900-1920."

Pablo Mitchell, Thomas B. Lockwood Professor of Latinx History, University at Buffalo

Pablo Mitchell is the Thomas B. Lockwood Professor of Latinx History at the University at Buffalo and is the author of a textbook on Latina/o History (Understanding Latino History: Excavating the Past, Examining the Present) as well as Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920 and West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900-1930.  He also recently completed a Queer Pasts digital history project, “Reclamation Projects: An Archive of Queer Latinidad."  His current research examines the history of Latino/as in US colleges and universities.

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April 17, 2024 - 12PM (EDT) via Zoom

"Care Work, the Problem of the Archive, and the Predicament of the 21st-Century Feminist Worker"

Kari Winter, Professor of American Studies, Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, University at Buffalo

Professor of American Studies in the Department of Global Gender Studies, Kari J. Winter is a historian, literary critic and screen writer who has served as the Director of the UB Gender Institute (2011-17) and Executive Director of the UB Humanities Institute (interim, 2017-18).  She has published three books and many articles on gender, slavery, and resistance in the Atlantic worlds of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  

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April 25, 2024 - 12PM (EDT) via Zoom

"Suzanne Simon Baptiste Louverture: Microbiography and Black Women’s Lives"

Robin Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of History, University at Buffalo

Robin Mitchell is an award-winning Associate Professor in the Department of History, and the College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Professor, at the University at Buffalo. She is a 19th century French historian, specializing in discourses about race, gender, and sexuality. She received her doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. In addition to several published journal articles, and her first book, Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Georgia Press, 2020), Dr. Mitchell is currently writing the first biography of Suzanne Simone Baptiste, also known as Madame Toussaint Louverture. It is currently under contract with Princeton University Press.

FALL 2023 Events

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September 28, 2023 - 12PM (EDT) via Zoom

“Brain Injury Behind Closed Doors: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Consequences”

Ghazala T. Saleem, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo

Ghazala T. Saleem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the Director of Brain Function and Recovery Lab. Dr. Saleem received her research doctorate in neurobehavioral sciences from Teachers College, Columbia University. Following her doctorate, she completed a year-long fellowship in clinical research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Saleem also completed a two-and-a-half-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric brain injury and neurorehabilitation from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. She earned her Master’s in occupational therapy from Columbia University. She is a trained/licensed occupational therapist with extensive clinical experience in pediatrics and neurological disorders. Her research interests include understanding the mechanism and effects of acquired brain injury in medically/socially vulnerable populations. Her recent work focuses on assessing motor/postural control abnormalities leading to recurring injuries in youth after concussion and identifying prevalence, risk factors, and consequences of repetitive head trauma in female survivors of intimate partner violence. Dr. Saleem enjoys reading, painting, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

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October 26, 2023 - 12PM (EDT) via Zoom

“Toronto’s legacy of feminist planning: gender, safety, and housing”

Kate Nelischer, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo

This presentation will provide an introduction to Dr. Nelischer’s research on gender and urban planning in Toronto, which offers a particularly interesting context for this subject. Dr. Nelischer will provide an overview of the city’s legacy as a center for conservative anti-vice laws, which in the late 1800s imposed curfews on women and prevented them from living alone. This created a lasting mark on the physical landscape of Toronto as it led to the development of the city’s first apartment buildings, a building form long resisted by residents and politicians, purpose-built for single women to live in community. Nearly a century later, Toronto transformed into a leader in the feminist planning movement of the 1980s as city planners worked with advocacy organizations to implement some of the most progressive gender-sensitive planning policies in North America. This long history is important in understanding the gendered implications of the contemporary condominium boom in Toronto, which includes recent luxury projects marketed to single women and created by women-only real estate development teams.

Kate Nelischer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo. Dr. Nelischer’s research interests center on the governance of planning, design, and development processes, including community engagement. Previously, Dr. Nelischer served as a Lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Planning and has taught at the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Urban and Regional Planning and the University of Toronto Urban Studies and Human Geography Departments.