Thursday

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – At-a-glance

8:30 am – 8:00 pm | Registration

9:30 am – 12:30 pm | Concurrent Workshops

1 At the Edge of the Law? Women of African Descent in Colonial Latin America
2 Beyond Goddesses and Yoginis: Buddhism and Gender Across Asian Societies and Traditions

10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Tributes

3 Herstories: Legacies and Futures of Environmental Justice and Activism in Africa: A Tribute to Dr Wangari Maathai
4 Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques Presentation

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Concurrent Workshops

5 Women in Pre-Modern Courts
6 Historicizing Bodies in Slavery and Freedom in the Anglophone Caribbean
7 Colonialism and Indigenous Mothers: Comparative Studies in Child Removals in the 16th–20th Centuries
8 Rethinking Gender Norms in Sinophone Film: Historical Productions, Contemporary Frames
9 LGBT Mexico City from Dictatorship to Democracy, 1876–2009
10 Women and Gender in the Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
11 What is Feminism? Varieties of Activism in the Second Wave
12 Beyond Women’s Words: Feminist Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Oral History

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Workshop

13 Gender, Prison, Criminalization and Collective Learning: A Workshop Based in Dialogue

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Concurrent Sessions

14 Excavating Gender in the Archives: Primary Documents in the Dominican Republic
15 The Making of Black Britain
16 Gender and Contemporary Economic Crisis
17 Complicating Islamic Feminism: Subjectivity, Domesticity, Piety, and the Politics of Everyday Life

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Evening Session

18 Are We All On the Edge Now? The Historical Usefulness of Hegemonic Masculinity

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Film Screening and Roundtable

19 Living History: Documenting Gerda Lerner’s Life and Work. Thirty-minute collage of documentary-in-progress and Roundtable

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Berks Welcome Reception, co-hosted by the Journal of Women’s History

20 Welcome Reception at Hart House, Great Hall


8:30 am – 8:00 pm Registration

University College, Main Floor Foyer

9:30 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Workshops


At the Edge of the Law? Women of African Descent in Colonial Latin America

1 W, Munk 108N

Chair: Elizabeth Ann Kuznesof, University of Kansas

Tongues of the Inquisition: Women of African Descent as Interpreters in Inquisition Trials from 17th-Century Peru and New Granada

Larissa Brewer-Garcia, Princeton University
Gendered Geographies of Slavery and the Law in 19th-Century Cuba
Camillia Cowling, Warwick University

Black Mothers and Succession Practices in Colonial Minas Gerais, Brazil

Mariana Dantas, Ohio University
Morenas: Free African-Descent Women and Self-Definition in Early Colonial Peru
Karen B. Graubart, University of Notre Dame

Gendering Freedom Practices in Colonial Peru

Rachel Sarah O’Toole, University of California, Irvine
Race, Gender, and Revolution in the Caribbean
Michele Reid-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh

Climas Insalubres: Enslaved Women and their Descendants Navigating Legal Landscapes in Colonial Nueva Granada

Renee Soulodre-La France, King’s University College at Western University
Lies, Omissions, and Dissemblance: African-Descent Women’s Court Testimony in 18th-Century Lima, Peru
Tamara J. Walker, University of Pennsylvania

Finer Things: African-Descended Women, Sumptuary Laws, and Social Order in Colonial Mexico

Danielle Terrazas Williams, Princeton University
Discussant: David Sartorius, University of Maryland, College Park


Beyond Goddesses and Yoginis: Buddhism and Gender Across Asian Societies and Traditions

2 W, JHI 1040

Sponsored by the TLKY Buddhist Studies Program/Historical and Cultural Studies Department, University of Toronto Scarborough

Chair and Discussant: Uma Chakravarti, University of Delhi

Gendering the Tibetan Public Sphere: Tibetan Women as Subjects, Writers, and Consumers in Modern Tibetan Journalism, Literature, and Cinema
Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, University of Toronto Scarborough/University of Alabama

’Where are the Lady Lamas?’ Tibetan Women’s History through the Lens of Buddhist Monastic Texts and Traditions
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego

Extraordinary Women, Ordinary Lives: Personal Narratives of Contemporary Female Delogs
Alyson Prude, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Narrative Dispossession: Tibet and the Gendered Logics of Historical Possibility
Carole McGranahan, University of Colorado

Transforming Nuns’ Roles through Traditional Education in Modern Society: The Cases of Larung mkhar and Yachen mkhar in Kham
Padma ‘tsho (Baimacuao), Southwest University for Nationalities

Gendered Spirituality and Ideals of ‘Femininity’: A Reading of Therigatha and Manimekalai as Buddhist Text and Tamil Performance
Padma Venkataraman, Stella Maris College

The New Tibetan Woman: Feminists, New-Commers, and Good Girls
Dawa Lokyitsang, University of Colorado


10:30 am – 12:30 pm Tributes

Herstories: Legacies and Futures of Environmental Justice and Activism in Africa: A Tribute to Dr Wangari Maathai

3 RT, RL, Media Commons |***New Location: Robarts Library, Media Commons
Co-Sponsored by the African Studies Program, African Students Association, New College and the Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Special Screening of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, Marlboro Productions, followed by a panel discussion.

Chair: Marieme Lo, University of Toronto
Nakanyike Musisi, University of Toronto
Pablo Idahosa, York University
Njoki Wane, University of Toronto
Closing with a symbolic tree planting performance


Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques presentation

4 W UC 179

This presentation will unveil three Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques for women who lived and worked in Toronto — Joyce Wieland, Emma Goldman, and Amelia Earhart — and will situate them in the context of commemorating women’s history in Toronto.


1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Workshops

Women in Pre-Modern Courts

5 W, UC 177
Chair: Jennine Hurl-Eamon, Trent University

The Widows of Girona: Jewish Women and Conversas in the Wake of the Anti-Jewish Violence of 1391
Alexandra Guerson, University of Toronto and Dana Wessell Lightfoot, University of Northern British Columbia

Living the Life: Prostitutes, Social Integration, and Shame Culture in Late Medieval Marseille
Susan McDonough, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Gender and the Secondhand Market in the Courts of Late Medieval England
Kate Kelsey Staples, West Virginia University

The Prosecution of John and Alice Wolfe, 1533–1534
Shannon McSheffrey, Concordia University andMargaret McGlynn, Western University

Women and Murder in Early Modern England
Krista J. Kesselring, Dalhousie University

Gossip and the Performance of Gender in Early Virginia
Christine Eisel, University of Memphis

Defending Sexual Behaviour in Church Courts: Canongate, Scotland, 1600–1660
Alice Glaze, University of Guelph

Women’s Words, Men’s Scripts: An Examination of the Influence of the Transcribers of the Spoken Word on the Evidence in the Salem Witchcraft Trials
Margo Burns, St. Paul’s School

Femininity and Honour in Early Modern English Chancery Court Cases
Amanda Capern, University of Hull

Execution and the Wives of the Condemned in 18th-Century England
Marisha Caswell, Algoma University

Discussant: Roisin Cossar, University of Manitoba


Historicizing Bodies in Slavery and Freedom in the Anglophone Caribbean

6 W WE 54E
Sponsored by the Bissell-Heyd Associates Chair in American Studies, University of Toronto
Chair and Discussant: Bridget Brereton, University of the West Indies

’No Original Right in the Soil of the Country’: Gender, Inheritance and Race in the Colonial Caribbean
Melanie Newton, University of Toronto

Women’s Bodies as Performative Texts: Reading Punishment and Female Resistance in the Anglophone Caribbean in the 19th Century
Dawn P. Harris, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Moravianism, Marriage, and Black Women’s Unfree Bodies in Post-Emancipation Antigua
Natasha Lightfoot, Columbia University

Representations of Cholera-Infected Bodies and Communities in Barbados, 1854
Denise Challenger, York University

Experiencing Pronatalism in the Anglophone Caribibean
Diana Paton, Newcastle University

Caribbean Women and the ‘Population Crisis’ of the 1930s
Juanita De Barros, McMaster University

’Me Get Prignant an Me Leave’: Pregnancy and Motherhood in Domestic Service in Jamaica, 1920–1970
Michele A. Johnson, York University

Healthy Black Bodies in Unhealthy White Spaces: Jamaican-Canadian Women in Toronto, 1972–2002
Laurie Jacklin, Trent University


Colonialism and Indigenous Mothers: Comparative Studies in Child Removals in the 16th–20th Centuries

7 W, UC 148
Chair: Victoria Lorraine Grieves, University of Sydney

Realities of Separation within a Discourse of Rescue: Native Andean Mothers and their Mestizo Children in 16th-Century Peru
Jane Mangan, Davidson College

Child Removals and the Formation of the Irish Free State
Moira Maguire, University of Arkansas

Child Removal under the British Raj: The ‘Eurasian Question’ in India and St. Andrew’s Colonial Homes
Satoshi Mizutani, Doshisha University

Practices of Displacement: Forced Migration of Mixed-Race Children from Colonial Ruanda-Urundi to Belgium
Sarah Heynssens, Antwerp University

Enshrined in Law: Legislative Justifications for the Removal of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Children in Colonial and Post-Colonial Australia
Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University

From ‘Other’ to ‘Us’: A Comparative Perspective on Indigenous Mothers, Child Removals, and Cultural Re-Education in North America, Asia, and Australia
Christina Firpo, California Polytechnic State University and Margaret Jacobs, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Indigenous Cultural Brokers in Postrevolutionary Mexico
Stephen Lewis, California State University, Chico


Rethinking Gender Norms in Sinophone Film: Historical Productions, Contemporary Frames

8 W, UC 175
Chair: Tina Mai Chen, University of Manitoba

Engendering Athletes on Socialist Screens: Athletic-Themed Cinema in Maoist China
Yunxiang Gao, Ryerson University

Love in the City: The Placing of Intimacy in Hong Kong’s Urban Romance Films
Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Simon Fraser University

Of Queer Assignations and Epic Assassinations
Sean Metzger, University of California, Los Angeles

A Special Inscription: The Close-Up and the Female Face in Early Chinese Cinema
Jessica Ka Yee Chan, University of Richmond

Socialist Modernity in the Wasteland: Representing the Tractor Girl in China, 1949–1964
Daisy Yan Du, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Castration in Sinophone Cinema: Representation and Historicity
Howard Chiang, University of Warwick

Discussant: David Eng, University of Pennsylvania


LGBT Mexico City from Dictatorship to Democracy, 1876–2009

9 W, UC Croft Chapter House
Chair: Gabriela Cano, Colegio de Mexico

Desiring the Possible: Queer Cabaret Culture in Mexico City
Laura Gutiérrez, University of Arizona

Homosexuality in the Chancellery: Gender and the Mexican Foreign Service
Amelia M. Kiddle, University of Calgary

Marriage, Matrimonio, or What? LBGT Responses to Same-Sex Marriage Legalization in New York and Mexico City
Heather Levi, Temple University

The Transnational Homophile Movement and Homosexual Domesticity in Mexico City, 1930–1970
Victor Manuel Macías-González, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Mexican Medical and Literary Discourse on Lesbianism, 1876–1921
Carmen Fernanda Núñez Becerra, National Institute of History and Anthropology–Xalapa

‘As the Family Goes, So Goes the Nation’: Transfamilies and Nationalism in Contemporary Mexico City
Dawn Pankonien, Northwestern University and Raúl Arriaga, Escuela Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (ENAH)

Now Playing at the Cine Teresa: Gay Male Sexuality and Community in Mexico City Movie Theatres after 1970
Anne G. Rubenstein, York University

The Lavender Revolution will be Televised (and Staged): Nancy Cárdenas, the Staging of ‘The Boys in the Band’ and the Interview on ‘24 Horas’, Mexico City,1972–1973
Patricia Vega, Independent Scholar

Fifis and Afeminados:  Performance, Class, and Homosexuality in 1920s Mexico City
Reid Gustafson, University of Maryland


Women and Gender in the Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

10 W, UC 152
Chair: Sherry J. Katz, San Francisco State University

Women’s Archives on the Edge: Preserving Neglected Histories
Kären Mason, University of Iowa

Don’t Throw It Away! Documenting and Preserving Organizational History
Margaret Strobel, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Portuguese-Canadian History Project and Archiving Immigrant Women’s History Records
Susana P. Miranda, Portuguese-Canadian History Project

Archives and Women’s Historians Working Together
Catherine Powell, San Francisco State University

Creating Oral History Projects/Archives with (Former) Communist Women: The Example of the Atria Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History in Amsterdam
Francisca de Haan, Central European University

Public Sins/Private Desires: Tracing Lesbian Lives in the Archives, 1950–1980
Karen Stanworth, York University


What is Feminism? Varieties of Activism in the Second Wave

11 W, WE 54D
Chair: Barbara Molony, Santa Clara University

‘Sex-Ins, College Style’: Historically Black Universities, the YWCA, and the Sexual Revolution
April Haynes, University of Oregon

National Minority, Global Majority: Difference as Critique and Possibility in Dalit Feminist Activism
Purvi Mehta, Colorado College

Contesting the Nation(s): Haitian and Mohawk Women’s Activisms in Quebec, 1967– 1977
Amanda Ricci, McGill University

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: United Bronx Parents and New York City’s First Free Summer Meals Program
Lana Dee Povitz, New York University

‘I was Born This Way, I’ll Always Want Freedom’: Transnational Activism by Greek Immigrant Women in Toronto
Noula Mina, University of Toronto

Save Our Sisters: Women’s Activism in the African National Congress in Exile
Rachel Sandwell, McGill University

Mapping the Edges of Suburban Social Movements: Chicana Politics in the Late-Century Silicon Valley
Jeannette Alden Estruth, New York University

‘I Personally Wasted a Lot of Time with Feminism’: Black Women Teachers in Ontario and the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1960s– 1980s
Funke Aladejebi, York University

Discussant: Jennifer Nelson, University of Redlands


Beyond Women’s Words: Feminist Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Oral History

12 W, WE 54G
This workshop is dedicated to the memory of Kim Lacy Rogers (1951–2014)
Chair: Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary

Revisiting the Making of Women’s Words: Old Approaches and New Directions
Sherna Berger Gluck, California State University, Long Beach

(Not Just) Women’s Words
Linda Shopes, Independent Scholar

A New Strategy for Feminist Oral Histories of Distasteful Persons, Movements, and Events
Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh

Oral History and Interpersonal Relationships: How We Have Changed
Valerie Yow, Independent Scholar

At the Intersection of Theory, Practice and Praxis: Talking to the Post-War Transition Generation about the Liberation of the Self
Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow

Revisiting the Past: Changing Memories and the Oral History Interview
Pamela Sugiman, Ryerson University

War, Memory, and a Forgotten History: The Oral Histories of Vietnamese Veterans in Australia
Nathalie Nguyen, Monash University

Slowing Down to Listen: Feminist Practice and the Digital Turn in Oral History
Anna Sheftel, Saint Paul University andStacey Zembrzycki, Concordia University

Discussant: Katrina Srigley, Nipissing University


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Gender, Prison, Criminalization, and Collective Learning: A Workshop Based in Dialogue

13 W, CG150

The Walls to Bridges Collective

Simone Weil Davis, Inside Out Canada – Wilfrid Laurier University
Barbara Reid, Author/Illustrator
Bethany J. Osborne, University of Toronto
Shoshana Pollack, Wilfrid Laurier University
Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto


2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

Excavating Gender in the Archives: Primary Documents in the Dominican Republic

14 RT, Munk 208N
Chair and Commentator: Neici Zeller, William Paterson University

Creating Spaces for Feminist Research and Organizing
April Mayes, Pomona College

Working with the National Archives
Lora Quisqueya, Dominican National Archive

Working Transnationally, Collaboratively, and Inter-Disciplinarily
Ginetta E.B. Candelario, Smith College

The Undergraduate Research Experience
Sarai Jiménez, Pomona College

Using Primary Documents in and Beyond the Classroom
Elizabeth S. Manley, Xavier University of Louisiana


The Making of Black Britain

15 P, WE 54C
Chair and Commentator: Humaira Saeed, Nottingham Trent University

’A Place Like Home’: Age, Race, and Gender in Postwar Caribbean Activism
Nicole M. Jackson, Bowling Green State University

Politically ‘Black’: Diasporic Women’s Activism in Post-Colonial Britain
Nydia A. Swaby, University of London

Imperial Solidarity and the Politics of Difference in British Women’s Liberation
Rashida L. Harrison, Michigan State University

Afro-British Youth on The Edge: Olive Morris and Soul Power in London
Tanisha C. Ford, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Gender and Contemporary Economic Crisis

16 RT, Munk 108N
Chair: Sylvia Bashevkin, University of Toronto

Masculinities and the Banking Crash of 2008
Cynthia Enloe, Clark University

Migrant Women in the Global North
Ethel Tungohan, University of Toronto

Social Policy Reverberations of Economic Crisis
Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Simon Fraser University

Challenging the Economics Mainstream
Karen Ho, University of Minnesota


Complicating Islamic Feminism: Subjectivity, Domesticity, Piety, and the Politics of Everyday Life

17 P, WE 54F
Chair: Nima Naghibi, Ryerson University

Harems, Households, and Gendered Residencies: Revisiting the Women’s Quarter in the Late 19th-Century Golestan Palace
Leila Pourtavaf, University of Toronto

Piety, Subjectivity, and Embodied Resistances: Experiences of ‘Religious’ and ‘Secularist’ Women in Turkish Military Families
Hulya Arik, York University

Diasporic Re-Configurations: Biddat, Shirk, and National Imaginaries
Nadia Z. Hasan, York University

Negotiating Between Religious and Secular Legal Orders: French Muslim Women and State Law
Roshan A. Jahangeer, York University

Commentator: Nashwa Salem, University of Toronto


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Evening Session

Are We All On the Edge Now? The Historical Usefulness of Hegemonic Masculinity

18 RT, UC144
Co-Sponsored by New College, University of Toronto
Chair: Anne G. Rubenstein, York University

Empire, Situations and Hegemonic Masculinity
Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney

Forging Men — Winning Battles: ‘Hegemonic Masculinities’ in the Historical Study of Modern Politics and War
Karen Hagemann, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Whose Masculinity was Hegemonic in Medieval Europe?
Ruth Mazo Karras, University of Minnesota

Reflections on the Usefulness of ‘Hegemonic Masculinity’ for Historical Work on Men and Masculinities in Africa
Stephan Miescher, University of California, Santa Barbara

Marginality, Sexuality, and Visions of Masculinity in Fin-de-siècle China
Y. Yvon Wang, Stanford University


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Film Screening

Living History: Documenting Gerda Lerner’s Life and Work

19 FS, McLeod Auditorium

Co-Sponsored by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta
Thirty-Minute collage of documentary-in-progress directed by Renata Keller followed by a Roundtable
Chair: Franca Iacovetta, University of Toronto

Capturing Gerda’s Edge
Kathryn Kish Sklar, Binghamton University

In Solidarity with Gerda Lerner: Reflections on the Re-Construction of Black Women’s History
Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

Learning with Gerda Lerner
Nancy MacLean, Duke University

Advancing Gerda Lerner’s Legacy
Kate Bolick, Contributing Editor for The Atlantic and The New York Times

Working with Gerda Lerner: The Vision for the Film
Renata Keller, Filmmaker


9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Berks Welcome Reception, co-hosted by the Journal of Women’s History

Hart House, Great Hall

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