Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals.


October 22-24, 2010

State University of New York College at Cortland

Cortland, New York   USA

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Over the last fifteen years Girls’ Studies scholarship has gained momentum, asserting itself inside/outside the domain of traditional Women’s Studies literature and the academy. The proliferation in scholarly articles, performance art, academic conferences, and community workshops devoted to Girls’ Studies underscores the significance and legitimacy of the discipline. No longer a marginalized sub-category of Women’s Studies or Gender Studies, Girls’ Studies emerges as a site of intellectual inquiry and activist pursuit whereby transgenerational and transnational girls locate, describe, and problematize girls’ voices and agency.

In an attempt to interact with and to advance the continuum of girls’ culture, the Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies at the State University of New York College at Cortland will host a two-day conference in Fall 2010 titled “Reimagining Girlhood:  Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals.” Regional, national, and international scholars, activists, and experts will discuss the (r)evolution of Girls’ Studies and Girls’ Culture. The conference committee invites individuals, groups, scholars, teachers, feminists, activists, and girls of all ages to submit proposals on interdisciplinary scholarly and creative work that address all aspects of girlhood.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker

Sharon Mazzarella

is the Director of the School of Communication at James Madison University and a leading researcher in the field of Girls Studies.


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Participatory Media Workshop Leader

Mary Celeste Kearney

is Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film, specializing in feminist media and cultural studies.  She will lead a participatory media workshop for girls from central New York. 



Featured Speaker

Catherine Ann Bertini

is a Professor of public administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and is former director of the World Food Program. Her current work focuses on girls and economic development.


Performance Artist

Lenelle Moïse

Performance Artist

Pamela Means

Performance Artist

Vanessa Torres
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