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The 2005 FMS Summer Institute
was held at
Cornell University

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Seminar FEMINIST IDENTITIES, GLOBAL STRUGGLES taught by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and English, Spelman College and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women’s Studies and the Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University


Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Chandra Talpade Mohanty

The institute also incorporated weekend seminar workshops led by Johnnetta Cole, Anthropology, President of Bennett College, Gail Lewis, Women's Studies, Lancaster University (U.K) and Paula M. L. Moya, English, Stanford University

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Johnnetta Cole & Yvette Abrahams
leading their workshop speaking at the FMS Colloquium

“… it is just so moving, productive, exciting to be with so many others who share similar intellectual and political commitments, and to feel like we can move beyond the usual space-clearing and actually begin to advance change (in the academy, in the world, in our own work, whatever that looks like). It was a terrifically stimulating and satisfying few days for me. I am so grateful that FMS exists, that it has brought me in contact with a community so invigorating, and that I am able to participate in it.” – FMS Colloquium Speaker Michele Elam, Associate Professor, Stanford University (English, African-American Studies)

“FMS truly is the point where thunder begins. How fortunate I felt to be witness to interdisciplinary collaborations being born. Even more blessed to be working with others to pursue such endeavors myself.” – FMS Colloquium Attendee, Raina Leon, Graduate Student, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Education)

“The FMS Summer Institute was a valuable and unique experience for me. As a junior woman-of-color scholar in the U.S. academy, I found it inspiring to be part of a collective that is deeply invested in mentoring, collaboration, and building a more equitable and supportive academic culture. Moreover, I found a community interested in broadly defined issues of social justice, and engaging in rigorous transnational and feminist analysis and action. I am energized by fresh ideas, and all the more committed to global transformations.” – FMS Fellow and Seminar Participant, Elora Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Boston (Women’s Studies; Transnational Feminism)

“The seminar was very important for me. I often feel intellectually isolated, and the combination of readings and critical discussion in this seminar has reinvigorated my commitment to my work….During these two weeks, I have spent many, many hours literally running off to the library to write….” – FMS Fellow and Seminar Participant, Maribel Garcia, Assistant Professor, California State University-San Marcos (U.S. Latino/a Studies and Women’s Studies)

“It is significant to me that this community, though funded through foundation grants and institutions of higher education, is NOT in the first case "institutional." Because of this, FMS is a much more fluid and vibrant space, less concerned with "professionalization" of minority academics than it is with creating the conditions in which minorities might thrive in the academy. This means transforming academic culture when possible, and if not, then creating smaller institutional sites where minority academics can come together and share their work.” – FMS Fellow and Seminar Participant, Maria Cotera, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Anthropology; American Studies; Women’s Studies)



2005 Senior International Fellows:

Kavita Panjabi Jadavpur University (India)

Gail Lewis
University of Lancaster (U.K.)

Yvette Abrahams
University of the Western Cape (South Africa)

2005 Participating FMS fellows:
(institution & specialization)

Samaa Abdurraqib
English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Student
American Literature: immigrant women writers; 20th c. women’s writing

Patricia Artia
(CIESAS) Center for Research in Social Anthropology, Mexico

Namorah Byrd
English Literature, Temple University Graduate Student
Early American Literature: Native American legends and stories

Elora Chowdhury
Women’s Studies, University of Massachusettes-Boston Faculty
Feminist Theory: Critical Development studies; Post-colonial studies; Bangladesh studies

Maria Cotera
Women’s Studies and Program in American Culture,
University of Michigan Faculty
Feminist Studies: third world feminism; early 20th century writing by women of color, anthropology, folklore, ethnography, intellectual history (ethnic nationalist)

Irline Francois
Women’s Studies, Goucher College Faculty
Comparative women’s studies; International feminist theory and Women’s Activism; Globalized capitalism and women’s bodies

Maribel Garcia
Women’s Studies, California State University – San Marcos Faculty
Anthropology and Women’s Studies specializing in Chicana/o/Latina studies and Critical Race Studies

Stacy Grooters
English, University of Washington-Seattle Graduate Student
20th c. Caribbean and African American literature; British Victorian literature of empire, postcolonial and pedagocial theories, discourses of liberation and desire, transnational feminisms

Angela Ixkic Duarte Bastian
(CIESAS) Social Anthropology, Center for Research in Social Anthropology, Mexico
Gender, Ethnicity and Power: Organizational Practices of Nahua Women in Veracruz

Julia Jordan-Zachery
Political Science, Howard University Faculty
Cultural images and symbols and their use in public policy; gendered responses to inequality

Sang Hea
Kil School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University Graduate Student
Race Studies: Critcal Race Theory, cultural studies on race, militarization of the USA-Mexico border, criminalization of immigrants, whiteness studies, discourse analysis, media studies, scholar-activism and cultural studies on the body and embodiment

Nancy Mithlo
Anthropology, Smith College Faculty
Visual culture, Native American studies, identity arts, representation and gender

Tiyi Morris
History, DePauw University Faculty
African American Studies: the Civil Rights Movement, African American women’s political activism; womanist and black feminist discourse, 19th c. African American literary culture

Denise Nepveux
Disability Studies, University of Illinois - Chicago Graduate Student
Disabled women’s movement in Africa; interactions between disabled women’s organizing and global feminisms; ethnography; feminist and emancipatory research methodology

Elizabeth Philipose
Women’s Studies, University of California-Long Beach Faculty
International Relations: Global politics and emotions; militarism and violence; nationalism; feminism; theory; masculinity

Carleen Sanchez
Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty
Latin American Studies: prehistory of Meso- and Central American, Latin American history and religion; Feminism and gender theory; violence in contemporary society; globalization

Khanum Shaikh
Women’s Studies, Univ. of California-Los Angeles Graduate Student
Gendered subjectivities; religious and cultural assertions in relation to Islam both within and beyond the boundaries of the Pakistani nation state

Cynthia Wu
American Studies, Macalester College Faculty
Asian American studies; Disability studies; US literature

Hershini Young
Ethnic Studies, SUNY-Buffalo Faculty
Black women’s writing; African diaspora, gender and sexuality through the lenses of Literary Study, African American studies, performance studies, and art history




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