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The SCSU Women's Studies Conference

21st Annual ConferenceThe 22nd Women's Studies Conference
Women, Community, Technology”
To be held on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University
Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, 2016

The 22nd SCSU Women’s Studies conference aims to provide a critical site of collective inquiry into the intersections of women (and girls), community, and technology.  In what ways have women and girls worked with technology, broadly defined, for the advancement of communities and/or shaping and building movements?  This conference will investigate the past, present, and future of the intersections of women, community, and technology and showcase feminist in(ter)ventions with technology. It will also explore how women and girls have participated (or not) in the fields of technology and in what ways does this inquiry intersects with the studies of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Anita Sarkeesian at Southern Connecticut State UniversityWe are excited to announce our keynote speaker this year will be Anita Sarkeesian.  A media critic and public speaker, Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on exposing and deconstructing the sexist stereotypes and patterns in popular culture, and highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. She has received particular attention for her video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, which examines tropes in the depiction of female video game characters. In 2015, she was chosen as one of the Time 100, Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. 
In conference sessions this year, we will investigate important topics and questions such as: what ways have feminist practices and women’s movements impacted women’s place in the world of technology?  How might the interplay between women, community, and technology have shifted feminist discourses?  What are some of the global movements that underscore feminist interventions and inventions of technology?  What lessons may we glean from women in communities throughout the world utilizing media and technology in fighting against war and destruction? What are some of the best practices of feminist in(ter)ventions for sustainable communities?
Some themes that will be explored:

Women & the Media
Girls Who Code
Black Girls Code
Feminist Apps
Feminist Ethics & Technology
Feminism, Environment, and Technology
Women, Sustainability, and Technology
Gender, Class, and Technology
Gender, Sexuality, and Technology
Feminist Values and STEM
Gender and STEM Ethics
Women in STEM
Women in the History of STEM
Women Making History & STEM
Reproductive Technologies and Feminist Concerns
Feminist Pedagogy and Technology
Women, Social Media/Technology, and Academia
Online (In)Visibility of Bodies
Feminism and Big Data
Feminist Knowledge and Media Technology
Digital Humanities and Gender
Gender and Social Media/Technology
Girlhood in the Age of Social Media
Community (Re-)Building and Technology
Women’s Leadership, Media, and Technology
Women’s Labor & Technology
Women, Movements, and Technology
Spirituality and Technology
Religion, Gender, and STEM
Representation of Women & Social Media
Gender, Sexual Violence, and Technology
Anti-Sexual Violence and Media Technology
Online Misogyny and Harassment
First Amendment Rights & Emerging Technologies
Gender and Blogging
Women Making Social Media
Feminist Social Media
Feminist Blogging
Black Twitter Feminism
Gender, Race, Social Media, and Violence
Online Parenting
Parent Communities
Gender, Sexuality, and Healthcare Technology
Social Media and Movements
Women in the Global South & Technology
Indigenous Women & Technology

 Conference sessions will juxtapose global, comparative, intersectional, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational perspectives for the collective re-thinking of women, community, and technology. Expect serious fun through meals and performance, with women, girls and their allies speaking of their struggles and power.

For more information, please contact: 

Women’s Studies Conference Committee
Women’s Studies Program, EN B 229
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

Conference Committee:
Dr. Yi-Chun Tricia Lin
Dr. Heidi Lockwood