Women's Studies at Penn: 35th Anniversary Conference

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 2:00pm

All sessions will be held in Houston Hall

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Gender, Work, and Health (Ben Franklin Room)
Chair: Jessica Martucci
Julie Fairman, “Nursing Activism and Women’s Health”
Ruth Cowan, “Feminism, Bioethics, and Genetic Screening”
Bobbie Iversen, “Gender, Depression, and Economic Crisis”
Discussant: Cindy Connolly

Panel 2: Feminist Historiographies (Griski Room, 3rd fl.)
Chair: Stephanie Elsky
Melissa Sanchez, “Desiring the Past”
Karen Detlefsen, “Women, Philosophy, and History”
Phyllis Rackin, “The Present Tense of Feminist Shakespeare Criticisms”
Discussant: Theresa Braunschneider

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel 3: Gendered Subjects in Literature (Ben Franklin Room)
Chair: Melanie Micir
Catriona MacLeod, “Paper Cut-Outs: Gender and the Aesthetics of Fragility”
Heather Love, “Sarah Orne Jewett’s Spinster Aesthetics”
Liliane Weissberg, “Simple Pleasures: The Adventures of the ‘Lonely Doll’”
Discussant: Yolanda Padilla

Panel 4: Gender and Sexuality in Asia (Griski Room, 3rd fl.)
Chair: Anne Marie D’Aoust
Si-Yen Fei, “Chastity Sagas in Late Imperial China”
Linda Chance, “The Tale of Genji in 2008: On Gender, Commodification, and the Canon”
David Eng, “Reparations and the Human”
Discussant: Jo Park

Lunch 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Plenary Panel: Gender, Inequality, and Education
(Ben FranklinRoom)
Opening Remarks on 35 Years of Women’s Studies at Penn
Dean Rebecca Bushnell
Chair, Demie Kurz
Peter Kuriloff, “Educating for Hegemony: Peer Policing and Teacher Collusion”
Jerry Jacobs, “Women as Students, Women as Faculty”
Toni Bowers, “Gender, Class, and Inequality at Penn”
Discussant: Janice Madden

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Panel 5: Violence, Discrimination, and Policy (Ben Franklin Room)
Chair: Arielle Kuperberg
Ann Mayer, “Saudi Arabia and Women’s International Human Rights”
Susan Sorenson, “Violence against Women: A 35-Year Retrospective”
Marie Gottschalk, “On Gender and Penal Policy”
Discussant: Katie Eyer

Panel 6: Sexuality, Film, and Media (Golkin Room)
Chair, Rafael Walker
Regina Austin, "What Does Choice Look Like?: On Julie Gustafson's documentary Desire"
Simon Richter, “Lola Doesn’t: Cinema and the Pleasure of Impunity”
Katherine Sender, “Makeover Television and its Audiences”
Salamisha Tillet, “Black Feminism in the Age of Michelle Obama”
Discussant: Christine Poggi

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Plenary Histories of the Body: A Panel Discussion (Ben Franklin Room)
Chair: Mara Taylor
Featured scholars:
Kathy Brown, Beth Linker, Sharrona Pearl
Discussant: Kathy Peiss

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception and Light Dinner
Remarks on 35 Years of Women’s Studies at Penn (Golkin Room)

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