CONTEXTS: Annual Multidisciplinary Conferences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has held multidisciplinary conferences annually beginning in October of 2012. As of 2017, the name CONTEXTS was adopted to capture the continuing series. Larger views of each poster, detailed descriptions of each conference, and full video content of panel session are accessible by clicking on the conference images below.

Please save the date for our 7th annual CONTEXTS conference on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 in University Commons Ballrooms B&C - details below.

 “When We Speak: Sex, Power and the #MeToo Movement”

How does power affect gender roles and sexual behavior in public and private spaces? Who has power, who does not, and how is it leveraged? Perhaps the clearest manifestation of these questions is the unprecedented entry into public view of the accounts of sexual coercion, harassment, and assault. Reports from government, media, education, service and domestic sectors, and many other fields have ignited a broad-ranging debate about the politics of sexuality in structurally unequal relationships. There has also been clamorous backlash, pointing to the ambiguity of intimacy and condemning so-called media trials and the disregard of due process. How does this debate challenge our inherited notions of desire, power and justice? This conference will trace the histories of this question, report on the current state of the #MeToo movement and look toward imagining ways of creating lasting cultural change.

  • 9:30 – 10:45 - Opening Panel (working title: “The History of the #MeToo Movement”):
    • Greta LaFleur - The History of the #MeToo Movement (Assistant Professor of American Studies at Yale University), author of The Natural History of Sexuality: Race, Environmentalism, and the Human Sciences in British Colonial North America (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
    • Durba Mitra - Sexual Violence and the "Outrage on Modesty": A view from the Global South (Assistant Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute)
  • 11:00 – 12:15 Keynote speaker: (Title: "Race, Power, & #METOO") Julianne Malveaux (former President of Bennett College; full bio here)
  • 2:00 – 3:15 Closing Panel (working title: “The Future of the #MeToo Movement”):
    • Bianca Williams - The Paradox of #MeToo: When Hashtags Aren't Enough (Associate Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center), author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism (Duke UP, 2018)
    •  Mariam Durrani - Race, Gender, and Healing: How Will We Know that #MeToo is ‘Successful’ as a Movement? (Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College in Clinton), recipient of Society of Linguistic Anthropology Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award.

Politics Elections 2012

MultiDisc Poster 2013

Digital U Conference 2014

Us and Them 2015

public spectacle 2016

ContextsPoster 10_4_17HR