WGSS to Host the 12th Annual Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference

The Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference featuring a light purple outline of Albany's The Egg, featuring decorative black arrows and the letters "NYS CDFSCC 2024" written across the purple in white.

Capitalizing on a robust and accomplished concentration of feminist scholars, teachers, students, practitioners, and advocates in the region, the Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium (CDFSC) seeks to create an opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. The CDFSC conference is a great space to share work, meet colleagues, and exchange research ideas. This year the conference will be hosted by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at UAlbany. The event is also a celebration of International Women's Day.

Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference
Friday, March 8, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Assembly Hall, Uptown Campus, Campus Center building, 2nd floor
University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register in advance using the registration form.

The event is cosponsored by the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Institute for Research on Women, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Social Welfare, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Division for Research and Economic Development, University Auxiliary Services, United University Professions. Inquiries may be directed to the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department (WGSS) at the University at Albany at [email protected] or to Prof. Rajani Bhatia (WGSS-CDFSC liaison) at [email protected].

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. - Registration and Welcome

  • Light Breakfast Included

9 a.m. - Opening Remarks

  • Featuring Provost Carol H. Kim, Division of Academic Affairs, University at Albany and 
    Dean Jeanette Altarriba, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. - Panel 1: History, Art & Activism

  • Nancy Newman, University at Albany, "#AlmaToo: Alma Mahler's MeToo Stories"
  • Eric Keenaghan, University at Albany, "The Muriel Rukeyser Era: On Recovering a Mid-century Poet-Activist and Her Antifascist, Queer, Feminist Legacy"
  • Nancy D. Campbell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "From Feminist Harm Reduction to Narcofeminism: Visual and Text-based Social Movement Art"
  • Sharadha K. Kalyanam, Skidmore College, "Radical Culinary Love: (Un)'Settling' Caste Privilege and Examining Complexities of Resistance in and through Diasporic Cooking"
  • Moderator: Rajani Bhatia, University at Albany

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. to noon - Panel 2: The Politics of Representation

  • Linda Cahoon, University at Albany, "Leaving High Demand Religion: Sexual Minority Women and Suicide Ideation"
  • Jennifer Mezzapelle, University at Albany, "'These Things They Leave Little Scars': Identity and Work-Related Trauma"
  • Tammy C. Owens, Skidmore College, "'So, Your Professor is a Black Woman': Unspoken Respectability Politics and the Anti-Black Women Pedagogies in Higher Education"
  • Delicia Tiera Greene, University at Albany, " 'Black Female Teachers are Our School Parents!': Academic Othermothering Depicted in Multicultural Young Adult Texts"
  • Moderator: Cassie Andrusz-Ho Ching, University at Albany

Noon to 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 to 2:15 p.m. - Panel 3: Feminism, Power & Place

  • Clarice Sta. Ana, University at Albany, "International Labor and Domestic Workers"
  • Milena Arancibia, Columbia University/University of Buenos Aires, "Gender, Poverty, and Social Movements: Economic and Social Participation of Low-Income Women in Latin America"
  • Ausra Park, Siena College, "Women and (Anti-)Gender Tendencies in Baltic States' Politics"
  • Jacquelyne Luce, Five College Women's Studies Research Center, "Internationalization, Feminist Scholarship, and Feminist Pedagogy" (co-authors Lily Sendroff, Chanida Chitbundid, Eir-Anne Edgar,
  • Cory Ellen Gatrall, Sneha Gole, Michela Rosa Di Candia, and Ever Osorio Ruiz)
  • Moderator: Gwen D'Arcangelis, Skidmore College

2:15 to 2:30 p.m. - Break

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Panel 4: Policy, Crisis & Resistance

  • Wendy Murphy, New England Law, "The Importance of the ERA"
  • Elliott Tetreault, University at Albany, "Activist Responses to Attacks on Transgender Rights"
  • Angie R. Wootton, University at Albany, "Community (Dis)Connectedness and Identity among LGBTQIA+ People during the COVID-19 Pandemic"
  • Moderator: Susan Cumings, University at Albany

3:30 to 3:45 p.m. - Break

3:45 to 5 p.m. - Panel 5: Feminist Futures

  • Megan Mae Willows, University at Albany, "Boss Ladies, Heroes, and Self-Made Men: Depictions of Gender Roles and Equality in Starfield"
  • Darshna Katwala, Nassau Community College, "Exploring the Intersection of Feminism, Politics, and Culture through Poetry and Music"
  • Janell Hobson, University at Albany, "The Renaissance Age of Pleasure: Beyoncé, Janelle Monae, and the Nexus between Afrofuturism and Black Feminism"
  • Gabriella Friedman, Skidmore College, "The Time-Arc of Progress and Feminist Solidarity in Louise Erdrich's Future Home of the Living God"
  • Moderator: Damien Kritzer, University at Albany

5 p.m. - Closing Remarks

  • Barbara Sutton, Chair of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, University at Albany

5:15 to 6 p.m. - Closing Reception & Poster Sessions

  • Elizabeth Byrnes, Siena College, "Sexualized Insults on College Campuses"
  • Nodiaus DiTonno, University at Albany, "Feminist Horror"
  • Rihana Fraser, Siena College, "Reshaping Feminist Sexual Freedom: Unraveling the Complex
  • Intersection of Black Women's Sexuality in the Shadow of Hypersexualization, Slavery, Legacy, and Body Positivity"
  • R Hunsicker, Colgate University, "Activism without the 'A': Asexuality's Exclusion from College Anti-Sexual Violence Movements"
  • Daniel Kagan, Russell Sage College, "Gender Roles and Sexuality in Tennessee Williams's Writings"
    Aminata Kargbo, University at Albany, "'I'm Just Trying to Do My Hair!'"
  • Jenna Kosnick, Siena College, "Sex, Death, and Beowulf"
  • Deborah LaFond, University at Albany, "Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Title VI, Title IX: Legislation after Dobbs - Evaluating Advocacy and 'Support for Women' Claims by Lawyers, Courts, and Women's Organization"
  • Sydney Lemire, University at Albany, "The Politics of Naming a Field: ​Evolution, Controversies, and Strategies around What We Call 'Women’s Studies'"
  • Melina Ortiz, Siena College, "OnlyFans, Sex Work, and Stigmatization"
  • Rithika Patnam, Siena College, "Women's Prisons"
  • Lindsay Perrillo, Siena College, "Victorian Sexuality: An Argument against Repression"
  • Amelia Risinit, Siena College, "Gender Parity, Voting, and Elections"
  • Jeiselynn N. Rios Rivera, University at Albany, "Unveiling the Spectrum: Bisexuality as a Theoretical Lens in Understanding the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality"
  • Aleksandra Wojtowycz, Siena College, "Diversity and Women's Representation in Ukrainian Diplomacy"

Complimentary parking will be available for conference participants. No passes are necessary, but participants must park in the designated parking space: Dutch Quad Commuter student lot.