MLA 2014

MLA 2014 Sessions

WCML is pleased to be hosting three sessions at this year’s MLA conference in Chicago:

187. Teaching outside the Classroom through Digital Humanities: Alt-Academic Feminism
Thursday, 9 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m.
Indiana-Iowa, Chicago Marriott

Teresa Mangum, Univ. of Iowa
Speakers: Anne Balsamo, New School; Natalie M. Houston, Univ. of Houston, University Park; Tara McPherson, Univ. of Southern California; Safiya Umoja Noble, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Roopika Risam, Salem State Univ.

Session Description:
Can digital and public humanities reshape studies by and about women in language, art, and culture? Feminists, people of color, LGBT communities, and differently abled and aged women are creating collaborative spaces despite uneven developments and digital divides. How can digital tools and practices serve feminist pedagogy and critique, resituating feminism within and beyond the academy?
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385. Feminists Leading for Change: Alt-Academic Feminism
Friday, 10 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m.
Parlor C, Sheraton Ch

Presiding: Michelle A. Massé, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
Speakers: Maria Cotera, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Florence Howe, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Paula M. Krebs, Bridgewater State Univ.; Ellen Lee McCallum, Michigan State Univ.; Monica Miller, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Session Description:
This panel addresses feminism in academia as a living practice that permeates not only the classroom and the library but all of higher education. The speakers will discuss the importance of integrating feminist principles into fields such as graduate student activism, curriculum design and policy, administration, public humanities, and publishing.

745. Feminist Vulnerability on Postfeminist Campuses: Alt-Academic Feminism
Sunday, 12 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m.,
Erie, Sheraton Chicago

Presiding: E. Nicole Meyer, Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay

1. “Toddlers and the Tenure Track: Best Practices for Protecting Academic Parents,” Kayla Walker Edin, Milligan Coll.
2. “Women, Rape, and Academia,” Donna L. Potts, Kansas State Univ.
3. “Feminist Research for Institutional Change: The Status of Women at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls,” Greta Gaard, Univ. of Wisconsin, River Fal

Cash Bar and Business Meeting Arranged by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, Women in French, Women in German, the GL/Q Caucus, the Discussion Group on Age Studies, and Feministas Unidas

Thursday, 9 January, 8:45–10:00 p.m., Chicago VIII, Sheraton Chicago