WGS Consortium2014UMA to Hold Women's and Gender Studies Conference on International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, March 8th, the University of Maine at Augusta will host a Maine Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Conference called, Naming and Serving: 'WGS' in the Curriculum and the Community, from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Augusta campus, the conference will start in the Klahr Center and then move to the Richard Randall Student Center.

Maine women from UMA, USM, UMaine, Bates College, University of New England, the ACLU, and the community will meet to discuss the reality and potential for Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies in Maine's curriculum and communities.

As Women's Studies in Maine is in transition, names shift, demands increase, and funds dwindle, brainstorming new curricular directions, connections between service to students and service to our communities are more important than ever. "Naming & Serving," offers an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to reflect on the state of WGS in Maine today, and to share the important scholarly and activist work that connects us to progressive education in our state, nation, and world.

The "Naming and Serving" conference, hosted by Women Invigorating Curriculum (WIC), a UMA-Bangor committee, and UMA WGS faculty, is free and open to the public. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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WGS Conference Schedule:

  • 9:00 – 9:30am (Klahr Center): Check-in begins and will include an opportunity to participate in a social media campaign, "WGS Is....”
  • 9:30 - 11:00am (Klahr Center classroom): Presenters will share their research projects with topics ranging from Maine's suffragists to representations of teenage girls, from skin lightening in Mali to constructions of childbirth among the Amish, eugenic feminism to Virginia Woolf.
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm (RSC Rooms 248 and 250): The spring meeting of the Consortium will be held while students and community members talk informally about their interests, campus and community issues, and the needs for WGS students.
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm (RSC Fireplace Lounge): Lunch will be served, with an opportunity for informal discussion.
  • 1:00 – 5:00pm (RSC Rooms 248 and 250): three sessions will offer concurrent panels and roundtables on the subjects of reproductive justice on college campuses, using technology in WGS, Humanities approaches to WGS, feminism: service and scholarship, Dylan Farrow and her open letter, and trans-literate and trans-inclusive WGS classrooms.

Further conference details and pre-conference participation can be found at the WIC Facebook page and via the Twitter handle: #MaineWGS.