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Curriculum Institute

National Women's Studies Association Curriculum Institute
June 26-27, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio

Institute Description
The National Women's Studies Association seeks to expand its field-building work with a focus on the undergraduate women’s and gender studies curriculum. This summer institute will consider the four key concepts the Association has identified as central to our field—the politics of knowledge production, social justice, intersectionality, and transnational analysis—and ask how they can be better applied in undergraduate curricula.

Frequently, the women’s and gender studies curriculum relies on a “deferral” model wherein transnational, intersectional and decolonial lenses are taught later on, to complicate earlier frames and lenses which can tend to remain more gender universal or US-centered, presenting concepts—such as feminist “waves” or whiteness—that upper division courses go on to “correct.” This institute will examine what it means to introduce women’s studies from the start in transnational and intersectional ways. What’s more, this institute will ask participants to explore how the field’s curriculum can be better aligned with its social justice mandate.

The meeting will couple theoretical framings and discussion with hands-on sessions designed to allow participants to re-think their own courses and curricula. We expect to consider topics such as the introduction and capstone courses as well as approaches to theory and methods.

Institute Faculty
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses.  She has published a number of texts within African-American and women’s studies, which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she co-edited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); and an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd titled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001).  Her recent publications include two books coauthored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003), Who Should Be First? : Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010).

AnaLouise Keating, Texas Woman's University
AnaLouise Keating is Professor of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has taught composition, U.S. American literature, English, and women’s studies. She is the author or editor of several books, including Women Reading, Women Writing: Self-Invention in Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Audre Lorde; EntreMundos/AmongWorlds: New Perspectives on Gloria Anzaldúa; this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation (co-edited with Anzaldúa); The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader, and Anzaldúa’s Interviews/Entrevistas. She has published articles on Chicana/Latina authors, African-American literature, queer studies, multiculturalism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century U.S. writers, feminist theory, and pedagogy.  Her most recent books are Teaching Transformation: Transcultural Dialogues in the Classroom and Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change.

Dana Olwan, Syracuse University
Dana Olwan began her BA degree English Literature at Yarmouk Univeristy in Jordan. She completed her BA at La Roche College and her MA at Georgetown University. In 2009, Dana received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Queen’s University. In 2011, she was the Future Minority Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Syracuse University where she began studying on honor killings and the transnational politics of gendered and sexual violence. She has served as the Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair in Women, Sexuality, and Gender Studies at Simon Fraser University. She has taught at the Arab Open University, Queen’s University, and Simon Fraser University. Dana’s writings on the honour crime, indigenous solidarities, Palestinian and Muslim cultural and literary resistance, and Muslim feminisms appear or are forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Sociology (2013), The Journal of Settler Colonial Studies, Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in post-9/11 Cultural Practice (edited by Jasmin Zine and Lisa Taylor; 2014), and The Feminist Wire.

Catherine M. Orr, Beloit College
Catherine M. Orr is Professor and Chair of Critical Identity Studies at Beloit College. She is co-editor of Rethinking Women's Studies (Routledge 2012) and co-author of Concepts for Everyday Use: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (Routledge forthcoming). Her work has appeared in Feminist Studies, Women's Studies Quarterly, Hypatia, and NWSA Journal. She has been involved in the leadership of NWSA for many years and recently authored "Women's Studies as Civic Engagement: Research and Recommendations" (2011), a white paper for the Teagle Foundation grant administered by NWSA. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Room Rate $149 single/double

Registration Fees and Scholarships
Institute participants will be selected through a competitive application process.  All accepted participants must be NWSA 2014 individual members and pay a $300 registration fee. The fee includes participation in the institute, a welcome reception on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday.  

NWSA will offer a limited number of registration scholarships as part of the application process. Note that registration scholarships do not cover travel or lodging expenses.

The application for 2014 is now closed. Notifications will be sent to all applicants on Monday, May 5.


Applications Due Wednesday, April 23
Acceptance Notification Monday, May 5
Confirmation and Registration Fee Due Wednesday, May 21

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, June 26
2:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
3:00 PM Rethinking the Women's and Gender Studies Curriculum
5:00 PM Reception

Friday, June 27

8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Breakout Sessions Round 1
10:45 Breakout Sessions Round 2
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Breakout Sessions Round 3
3:00 Wrap Up
4:00 Adjourn