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.

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.

SPRING 2023 Events

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February 1, 2023 - 12PM (EST) via Zoom

“Food Justice: From Kitchens to Comprehensive Plans”

Samina Raja, Professor and Director, UB Food Lab & Shireen Guru, Research Fellow, UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (UB Food Lab)

The formal practice of city planning in the US falls short of its ideal to create places that are healthful and livable, especially for women and people of color. In the face of institutional failures, Black, brown, and indigenous women function as community planners, building relational infrastructure, and seeding broader policy change. The leadership of women (commensurate with stagnation of municipal policy) is especially evident in the arena of urban food systems, a key public infrastructure. Drawing on experiences from Buffalo (and nationally), the speakers will illustrate the ways in which Black and brown women transform urban food systems, through practices that span kitchens to policy spaces. The speakers conclude with a call for reimagining city planning as an act of public nurturance.

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

“Small-Gauge State: Gender, Jim Crow, and Government Films"

Loren Pilcher, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Gender & Sexuality Studies

Dr. Pilcher will discuss the framework and a chapter excerpt from their ongoing project and monograph, “Small-Gauge State: Gender, Jim Crow, and Government Films." The project examines gender and race in a range of government films made in segregated Georgia during the mid-twentieth century and their resonance today, in Georgia’s booming, state-subsidized film and TV industry and American nonfiction media more broadly. Made in the Jim Crow South by agencies and production teams with varied and at times divergent interests and aims, these films envisioned gender and race from institutional perspectives that were attuned to local and regional ideologies of segregation but also adaptive to national and international trends and networks—their context and content reverberate today.

Loren Pilcher (they/them) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo. Their research focuses on documentary and nontheatrical film and media, with an emphasis on images of gender and race in the US and American South. They are currently working on a book project about government films produced in Jim Crow-era Georgia and their reverberations in contemporary media.

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May 5, 2023 - 12PM (EDT) via Zoom

"Repurposing Title IX: How Sexual Harassment Became Sex Discrimination in American Higher Education"

Celene Reynolds, 2022-23 Baldy Center Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Indiana

Addressing discrimination based on certain identities, such as race or gender, is a major concern for American colleges and universities. In 2011, the Department of Education clarified that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that schools must eliminate under Title IX, the 1972 U.S. civil rights law that guarantees the right to equal educational opportunity regardless of sex. Colleges and universities now spend millions to manage sexual harassment through specialized bureaucracies often spread over multiple offices with upward of 50 employees. Yet Title IX was not originally intended to address sexual harassment in schools. The term “sexual harassment” did not even exist at the law’s inception. In this talk, Reynolds uses the case of Title IX to understand the specific pathways through which the meaning of existing laws can change over time while the text of those laws remains the same. Triangulating multiple data sources across linked case studies of three universities, Reynolds argues that the mutual interpenetration of social networks across the educational and legal domains stimulated the shift, which exemplifies a more general process that she calls the endogenous repurposing of law. This concept clarifies how people within the organizations regulated by law not only creatively define the meaning of legal compliance: they also introduce innovative interpretations of law that stimulate broader cultural changes in norms of behavior and material shifts in the balance of rights and powers in society at large. 

FALL 2022 Events

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October 6, 2023 - 12PM (EST) via Zoom

“Transnational Bangladeshis in love, desire, and violence”

Shaanta Murshid, Associate Professor School of Social Work

Recording available upon request by contacting ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

Talk Description: Murshid will read and discuss extracts from her in-progress monograph, Love, Sex, Desire, and Violence -- The Intimacies of Transnational Middle-Class Bangladeshis in the US, in which she analyzes relationships of love, desire, sex, and violence of transnational middle-class Bangladeshis--liminal bodies occupying various social locations in the US and Bangladesh, living bilocating yet bordered lives.

Nadine Shaanta Murshid is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on economic institutions, migration, structural violence, and partner violence in the lives of individuals in and from the global South.

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November 3, 2022 - 12PM (EST) via Zoom

“Gender Disparities in the Management of Patients with Cardiac Arrhythmias”

Anne B. Curtis, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair SUNY Distinguished Professor Department of Medicine

Recording is available here.

Dr. Curtis will discuss:
• Cellular and clinical electrophysiologic differences between men and women.
• Sex-specific differences in the incidence and clinical presentation of arrhythmias.
• Gender differences in the management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias that lead to disparities in care.

Dr. Curtis is SUNY Distinguished Professor, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor of Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. She did her undergraduate training at Rutgers University in New Jersey and graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Curtis is Past President of the Heart Rhythm Society and a recipient of their Distinguished Service Award and the President’s Award. She is Past President of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society and the Association of University Cardiologists. She is President Elect of the Association of Professors of Medicine. She is on the editorial boards of many of the key journals in cardiology and electrophysiology, and she is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 

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December 1, 2022 - 12PM (EST) via Zoom

“Finding One’s ‘Place’: Life Stories of Middle-Class French Women in 21st century London”

Deborah Reed-Danahay, Professor & Jean Monnet Chair, Department of Anthropology

Recording available upon request by contacting ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

Talk Description: This talk draws upon Reed-Danahay’s longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork (since 2015) among French citizens who migrated to London in recent decades. She will focus on issues of emplacement and displacement among middle-class French women, and will explore their motivations, desires, and aspirations for moving to London through examples of life stories and personal narratives. This discussion draws upon a book manuscript in progress that concerns what Reed-Danahay terms the “sideways migration” of middle-class, more or less “privileged” migrants who move from one wealthy liberal democracy to another.

Deborah Reed-Danahay is Professor of Anthropology at UB. She is the author or editor of six previous books, including Education and Identity in Rural France: The Politics of Schooling; Autoethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social; Locating Bourdieu; and Bourdieu and Social Space: Mobilities Trajectories, Emplacements. Reed-Danahay has held a Jean Monnet Chair (European Commission) and is recipient of the rank of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques” (France).