Evidencing the Struggles of Academic Feminism

Chapter 3: Suture and Scars: Evidencing the Struggles of Academic Feminism” In Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes (eds) Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.


Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture – Edited by Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes

Feminist Erasures presents a collection of original essays that examines the state of feminism in North America and Western Europe. It focuses on a range of cultural and political contexts to interrogate the apathy toward, erasure of, and interventions in feminist discourse and analysis from popular and political culture. In providing a scholarly critique of feminism’s erasure from various social and political contexts, including news media, popular culture, labor, motherhood, and feminist activism, this collection makes visible the systematic marginalization of women and women’s rights in contemporary culture.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: (In)visible and (Ir)relevant: Setting a Context; Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes

2. CEOs and Office Ho’s: Notes from the Trenches of Our Women’s Studies Classrooms; Sara T. Bernstein and Elise M. Chatelain
3. Suture and Scars: Evidencing the Struggles of Academic Feminism; Andrea Zeffiro and Mél Hogan
4. Feminist Erasure: The Development of a Black Feminist Methodological Theory; Alexandra Moffett-Bateau

5. Illegible Rage: Performing Femininity in Manhattan Call Girl; Katherine Hindle
6. Empowered Vulnerability?: A Feminist Response to the Ubiquity of Sexual Violence in the Pilots of Female-Fronted Teen Drama Series; Susan Berridge
7. Against Conformity: Families, Respectability and the Representation of Gender-Nonconforming Youth of Color in Gun Hill Road and Pariah; Natalie Havlin and Celiany Rivera-Velázquez
8. ‘Money’s a Bitch’: Women, Gender, and the Financial Markets in Hollywood Films; Micky Lee and Monika Raesch
9. Gladiator in a Suit?: Scandal’s Olivia Pope and the Post-Identity Regulation of Physical Agency; Jennifer McClearen

10. Got Milk? Motherhood, Breastfeeding and (Re)domesticating Feminism; Kumarini Silva
11. Running Mother Ragged: Women and Labor in the Age of Telework; Eric Lohman
12. Infertility Blogging, Body and the Avatar; Rosemary Hepworth

13. SlutWalk, Feminism and News; Kaitlynn Mendes
14. A critical reading of SlutWalk in the news: Reproducing postfeminism and whiteness; Lauren McNicol


INC Reader Society of the Query: Reflections on Web

Dear Society of the Query-contributor,

In April the INC Reader Society of the Query: Reflections on Web Search was published. In the last months we have also been working on a Dutch adaptation of some of the articles, specifically meant for educational purposes. Your article is one of them, because we found it conveyed a strand and important message, especially for this group of teachers and students. The articles are now available in the Society of the Query magazine. See http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/society-of-the-query-magazine/

To download it, go to query.dmci.hva.nl on your tablet (it’s made specially for iPad, but should work on other tablets as well), choose ‘Add to Home Screen’ and then you can open it from there. Also there is a pdf available which can be downloaded here: http://issuu.com/instituteofnetworkcultures/docs/sotq

The reference for the magazine is
Marc Stumpel and Miriam Rasch (eds) Society of the Query Magazine: 10 artikelen over zoeken op het web. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2014, query.dmci.hva.nl.

Although this is in Dutch, please feel free to share. Also don’t hesitate to promote the printed book. If you need more copies or want to use it in class, contact me! The ePub will be available shortly as well.

Thanks again for you contribution, it’s very much appreciated.
Best wishes,
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Polluted and Predictive, in 133 Words – Mél Hogan and M.E. Luka

About the book: Looking up something online is one of the most common applications of the web. Whether with a laptop or smartphone, we search the web from wherever we are, at any given moment. ‘Googling’ has become so entwined in our daily routines that we rarely question it. However, search engines such as Google or Bing determine what part of the web we get to see, shaping our knowledge and perceptions of the world. But there is a world beyond Google – geographically, culturally, and technologically.

The Society of the Query network was founded in 2009 to delve into the larger societal and cultural consequences that are triggered by search technology. In this Reader, which is published after two conferences held in Amsterdam in 2009 and 2013, twenty authors – new media scholars, historians, computer scientists, and artists – try to answer a number of pressing questions about online search. What are the foundations of web search? What ideologies and assumptions are inscribed in search engine algorithms? What solution can be formulated to deal with Google’s monopoly in the future? Are alternatives to Google even thinkable? What influence does online search have on education practices? How do artists use the abundance of data that search engines provide in their creative work? By bringing researchers together from a variety of relevant disciplines, we aim at opening up new perspectives on the Society of the Query.


Contributors: Aharon Amir, Vito Campanelli, Dave Crusoe, Angela Daly, Vicențiu Dîngă, Martin Feuz, Ulrich Gehmann, Olivier Glassey, Richard Graham, Mél Hogan, Ippolita, Kylie Jarrett, Min Jiang, Anna Jobin, Phil Jones, Simon Knight, Dirk Lewandowski, M.E. Luka, Astrid Mager, Martina Mahnke, Andrea Miconi, Jacob Ørmen, Martin Reiche, Amanda Scardamaglia, Anton Tanter, and Emma Uprichard.

Colophon: Editors: René König and Miriam Rasch. Copy-editing: Morgan Currie. Design: Katja van Stiphout. Cover Design: Studio Inherent. Printer: Tuijtel, Hardinxveld-Giessendam. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam. Supported by: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam), Amsterdam Creative Industries Publishing, and Stichting Democratie en Media.

To order a hard copy of the reader, fill in the form below.

René König and Miriam Rasch (eds), Society of the Query Reader: Reflections on Web Search, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2014. ISBN: 978-90-818575-8-1, paperback, 292 pages.


Queered by the Archive: NMP & the Activist Potential of Archival Theory

Working with Andrea Zeffiro on “Queered by the Archive: NMP & the Activist Potential of Archival Theory” which, on my side, will bring together my involvement with NMP with the archival theory I’ve been teaching and writing about via academia.

Accepted for publication (2014) Edited by Andrew Jolivette in Collaboration with the DataCenter, Research
for Justice

Launched on January 1, 2009, www.nomorepotlucks.org (NMP) is the first and only independent web-based and print-on-demand journal of arts and politics in Canada, housed at the Library Archives Canada. Cofounded by Mél Hogan, M-C MacPhee and Dayna McLeod, the project came to fruition, in part from a longstanding friendship, but also from their volunteer experience with the Dykes on Mykes (DoMs) community radio show at CKUT, in Montreal. The project however, was also a decisive response to what they perceived to be lacking in content – politics, ideologies, and aesthetics – in arts and cultural publications. Over the course of the last four years, Hogan and MacPhee hit the proverbial nail on the head in their assessment of what was lacking in queer feminist arts and cultural venues of publication: 29 issues have been published, and upcoming editions of NMP are curated months in advance. NMP supports marginalized voices and modes of knowledge production and dissemination, and therefore facilitates acts of self-determination and cultural autonomy, and those communities – artist, activist and academic – continue to supply the journal with material – art works, reflections, interviews, poetry, works of fiction – all of which document in some regard matters of urgency.  NMP’s stake in research justice however, pertains not only to the journal’s strong feminist underpinnings and visibly queer ethics, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to the archival trajectory of the project and its political implications. In our contribution to Research Justice, we will use NMP as a site of inquiry to explore how the politics of a social movement—queer, GLBT, feminist—are reflected in that movement’s preservation, though by no means always advertently. With this in mind, we attempt to address how NMP positions itself politically through its strategies for sustenance—not so much to come up with a definitive stance about who and what NMP is, or how it can or will be read historically, but rather to demonstrate the correlation between self-preservation and politics, or, in other words, to identify the link between NMP and the activist potential of the history it creates and tells about itself and its community. –Zeff


*Research Justice Reader*
Call for Submissions

Edited by Andrew Jolivette in Collaboration with the DataCenter, Research
for Justice



Research Justice is the active engagement with communities of color,
indigenous peoples, and marginalized groups to use research as a critical
intervention and active disruption of colonial policies and institutional
practices that contribute to the (re)production of settler colonialism,
heteropatriarchy, nationalism, racism, xenophobia, and human rights
violations against women, the poor, and the most targeted members of our

Research Justice is also a ceremonial celebration of the daily acts of
resistance, revitalization, and cultural autonomy that support the
knowledge production, ways of knowing, design, dissemination, and
stewardship of critical research justice practices by and from the
communities most impacted by globalization and capitalism.

This anthology is a celebration and a recognition of the positive and
innumerable ways that people on the margins utilize research to transform
their communities with the ultimate goal of liberation, self-determination,
and self-actualized freedom. Research justice also prioritizes research
participants as the leaders of any research agenda. The most fundamental
goal of RJ is the development of global citizens who actively work to
transform the structures of power and privilege to engage everyday people
as leaders, change agents, and visionary leaders equipped with the
necessary tools to build community infrastructures that will support the
healthy development of self-sustaining, grassroots, and collective
community based participatory research for the advancement of human rights.

We invite essays from all fields and theoretical frameworks that prioritize
relational ethics, solidarity with research participants and from those
crafting research that focuses on research methods from multiple community
constituencies and transnational vantage points.

Scholarship constructed on the basis of innovative research techniques,
trans-disciplinary methods, effective community collaborations will all be
central to this project of naming and claiming research justice as an act
of self-determination and intellectual freedom.

We are especially interested in essays that document culturally responsive
research methods and innovative interventions that have impacted public
policy in education, health, worker rights, counter movements in response
to anti-blackness, critical mixed race studies, immigrant rights, Native
and Indigenous Pacific rights, de-militarization, and issues related to the
prison industrial complex, queer studies, gender studies, and inter-ethnic

Submissions by youth, elders, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people,
and transgender people will also be a priority of this collection

We would be especially appreciative of submissions from tribal leaders,
non-profit, CBO, and NGO leaders, staff members, students, progressive
foundations, and community stakeholders within ethnic specific or
multi/cross-racial/ethnic populations.

Research that documents applied projects/programs that have a proven track
record of creating a pipeline between multiple generational leaders and
across different ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender groups are also
important voices that we would like to include.

Testimonials, art, poetry, and creative projects of all types in written
format or as documented oral histories are also important contributions
that we want to include in this one of a kind anthology that will build
upon the momentum of the Decolonizing Knowledge event hosted by the
DataCenter, featuring Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Dr. Michelle Fine in
April of 2013.

Any questions or inquiries can be sent to Andrew Jolivette. If you would
like to submit an abstract in lieu of a complete essay please indicate when
you anticipate your ability to complete a full essay with a precise date
before the end of October 2013.

We plan to publish the first Critical *Research Justice Reader* by Fall
2014, so your timely submissions are most appreciated. A central question
to consider as you develop your submissions is how does your
research/project/organization/tribe/center/foundation honor the concept of
research as a ceremonial practice of solidarity, justice, and equity?

All submissions should be between 10-20 pages, typed and double-spaced in
APA format. Chapter submissions should be sent to Andrew Jolivette at
ajoli@sfsu.edu by August 31st, 2013 in word .doc format.

*Obama and the Biracial Factor *

Andrew Jolivette
Associate Professor and Chair (On-Sabbatical Fall 2013)
American Indian Studies Department, EP 103B
Affiliated Faculty, Race & Resistance Studies/Educational Leadership
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA. 94132
(415) 338-2701 ~ ajoli@sfsu.edu
Visiting Scholar, Native & Indigenous Sexuality & Public Health
American Indian Resource Center
University of California, Santa Cruz
Fall 2013

IHART Alum, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute,
University of Washington

Board President, Speak Out
Board Vice-Chair, DataCenter
Board Member, GLBT Historical Society