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Conference to focus on arts, activism and gender

Art, activism and gender will be the focus of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association March 25 – 27 at the University of South Carolina. As part of the conference, several events will be free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, March 18, Pre-conference concert -- “The Countertenor Voice: A Gendered Cultural Production.” 7:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall. Dr. J. Daniel Jenkins, an assistant professor and countertenor at the university, will perform with pianist and graduate student Nathan Doman.

  • Thursday, March 25, Lecture – “Shadow Feminisms.” 6:30 p.m. Belk Auditorium, Darla Moore School of Business. Dr. Judith Halberstam, a professor of English, American studies, and ethnicity and gender studies at the University of Southern California, will discuss her research and writing on the areas of popular, visual and queer culture. Her last book, released in 2005, is “In a Queer Time and Place: Transgendered Bodies, Subcultural Lives.”


  • Friday, March 26, Lecture – “The Singing Culture of the Civil Rights Movement: A Sonic Force for Radical Transformation of Place and Person.” 7:30 p.m., Belk Auditorium, Darla Moore School of Business. Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, a singer and composer, cultural historian and activist, will present the inaugural lecture of the Dr. Mary Baskin-Waters Lectureship Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Global Issues and Grant Writing. It is co-sponsored by the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies.


  • Saturday, March 27, Dance Performance, “Four Screaming Women,” choreographed by Jane Comfort and performed by The Power Company. Noon: Campus Room, Capstone House. “Four Screaming Women” premiered the day after the Equal Rights Amendment was defeated on Oct. 4, 1982. The Power Company is a contemporary dance company based in Columbia. Martha Brim is the artistic director.


  • Saturday, March 27, Music Performance, “An Evening with Madame F.” 8:30 p.m. recital hall, School of Music. Claudia Stevens, department of music at the College of William & Mary. The performance draws on first-hand accounts to depict the struggles of women – and in particular the French cabaret artist Fania Fenelon – who survived Auschwitz as musicians.

More than 200 SEWSA members will present scholarly research on topics including activism, feminist art and literature, transnational feminism and black feminism. USC historian Dr. Marjorie Spruill, the 2009 recipient of the Josephine Abney Award at USC, will discuss her work preserving the feminist history lessons of Constance Ashton Myers’ “International Women’s Year 1977 Oral History Project.”

For more information about the conference, visit the Web site: or call the university’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program at 777-4007.

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Posted: 03/08/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/09/10 @ 11:43 AM | Permalink

Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference

  • When: March 25 – 27
  • Where: Various locations

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