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Biennial WGSS Conference

11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015
SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center 102 and Terrace Restaurant

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Historically women’s studies and the study of women in economics have developed relatively separately. Women’s studies in economics has had a strong focus on empirical research and used mathematical modeling to makes its voices heard. When Feminist Economics emerged in the 1990s, putting women and gender at the center of the analysis, a bridge between the two fields was constructed but not fully crossed:  theorizing in feminist economics remained strongly focused on the debates in economics, rather than those in women’s studies. Issues of intersectionality were discussed in feminist economics but not widely addressed let alone perceived as the core to feminist economic theorizing. Theorizing in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, on the other hand, developed further in the direction of identity issues and away from a focus on economic structure and systemic change. The institutional settings of the American Universities where WGSS programs were mostly located placed WGSS scholars in separate programs while feminist economists had appointments in economic departments. These different locations strengthened differences in theoretical focus.
This conference aims to bring together, connect and further develop feminist economic thinking on intersectionality and feminist thinking on economic institutions and structure, addressing the changing conceptualizations of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the economy. Moreover, this conference will bring together communities of researchers and students in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Feminist Economics, to develop and explore further shared interests on sex, money and power. 

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Registration & buffet lunch at the Terrace

12:30 – 1:40 p.m. Opening Plenary “Appropriating the Economy: A Dialogue”
LC 102 in conjunction with Women: Images and Realities Class

Professor Rose M. Brewer, University of Minnesota
Professor Julie A. Nelson, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Chair and Moderator, Professor Drucilla Barker, University of South Carolina

1:45-2 p.m. BREAK

2–3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session I: Responses from the Disciplines (Terrace)

2–2:15 p.m.      Prof. Mona Ali (Economics Department, SUNY New Paltz)
2:15–2:30 p.m.      Prof. Heather Hewett (WGSS Program, SUNY New Paltz)
2:30–2:45 p.m.      Prof. Susan Lewis (History Department, SUNY New Paltz)
2:45–3 p.m.      WGSS and Economics Student Responses (one from each)
3–3:30 p.m.      Q & A and discussion
Moderator, Professor Drucilla Barker, University of South Carolina

3:30 p.m. Coffee Break

3:45- 5 p.m. Afternoon Session II: Collaboration on Cooperation (Terrace)

Exploration and presentation of institutes, organizations, existing cooperation, ongoing and planned academic and community projects, as well as possible future projects. CRREO and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site presentations

5 p.m. Bus departs from Terrace to Hyde Park for dinner and tour of Val-Kill

7 p.m. Musical Chairs Dinner at Roosevelt Estate

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