Public Colloquia: New Media in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism
A presentation of two Research Associate talks as part of a colloquium entitled “New Media in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism.”
Fungai Machirori, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Research Associate from Her Zimbabwe, will give a talk entitled “Her Zimbabwe: Exploring the Heterogeneity of the Female Zimbabwean Experience through a New Women's Web-Based Platform.” This talk focuses on findings from a three-month pilot of Her Zimbabwe, a web-based platform that has encouraged Zimbabwean women to explore, celebrate and articulate the heterogeneity of their lives and identities. The platform has played in an important role in fostering lateral communication between Zimbabwean women in Zimbabwe, and those in the diaspora. It will locate Her Zimbabwe within the dominant discourse of gender and linear definitions of development and empowerment prevalent in the country. Are new media-based initiatives in Zimbabwe elitist? If so, how can such elitism be overcome? Do women who are already "developed" and "empowered" (as the target audience of Her Zimbabwe is thought to be) need their own platforms for articulation, or should the focus be on "grassroots" women?
Sophie Toupin, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Research Associate and Independent Researcher and Community Media Activist, will give a talk entitled “Feminist Cloud Protesting.” Toupin’s talk explores the ways in which feminist activists of the occupy phenomenon have helped shape what appear to be new social practices using online and face to face (F2F) interactions, or what Toupin terms "feminist cloud protesting." The project seeks to establish the emergence of a feminist cloud protesting approach through collected data on new media by academics and activists. Toupin's investigation includes on-line and face-to-face (F2F) interviews with feminists who have and/or are taking part in the occupy phenomenon.
Sponsor:Five College Women's Studies Research Center (www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc)