Feminist Research Alliance

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 2020

    

Sharonah Fredrick.

Sharonah Fredrick

Clinical Assistant Professor,
Romance Languages & Literatures


Sex and Swords in Petticoats: Female Piracy in the Early Modern New World

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Erik Seeman.

Erik R. Seeman

Professor and Chair, Department of History

 

Women and the Protestant Cult of the Dead in Antebellum America

Wednesday, February 20, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Parks.

Kathleen A. Parks

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Ji Won Son.

Ji-Won Son

Associate Professor of Math Education
Learning & Instruction, Graduate School of Education

Professor Son, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award  

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

FALL 2019

Borowski.

Rebecca Borowski

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Women Leaders in STEM Disciplines: A Comparative Case Study on Leadership and Disciplinary Culture

Sarah Robert.

Sarah Robert

Associate Professor
Department of Learning and Instruction

Professor Robert, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award  

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

How Gender and Policy “Work” in Education: A View from the Americas

Dr. Sarah A. Robert narrates a personal and professional journey to understand how intersectional gender as identities, patterns of relations, and resilient system of oppression shapes and is shaped by education policies and politics. She emphasizes the word “work” in her title to reflect her concern for historicizing and conceptualizing the gendered nature of policy processes related to school work and workers; school-based knowledge; and the labor that transformation and reflection of both require. The journey starts in North America, continues in Central America, on to South America, the Caribbean, and back to North America. Along the way, she reflects from the feminist roles of educator, mama, researcher, and activist.

Conti.

Meredith Conti

Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance

Professor Conti, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award  

Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

American Girls, American Guns: Whiteness and Transgressive Womanhood in the Sharpshooting Performances of Annie Oakley and Lillian Smith

In the wild west show of the late 1800s, an entertainment genre dominated by feats of muscular athleticism and simulated violence, the acts of female sharpshooters operated as deviations from the show’s staple depictions of frontier masculinity, as well as appealing, if not problematic, amplifications of the mythic narrative of the U.S. American West. In this talk, nineteenth-century theatre historian Meredith Conti considers the shooting acts of celebrated markswomen Annie Oakley and Lillian Smith, both of whom made their careers wielding that most hyper-masculinized of objects, the U.S. American firearm. As Conti will assert, Oakley and Smith performed divergent versions of “frontier femininity” through their expert spectacles of gunplay and by positioning their stage identities as “Western girls” in relationship to two adjacent variants of womanhood: an elite white womanhood revered by Victorian Britons, and an indigenous womanhood only partially inspired by the native inhabitants of the land occupied by the United States.