Fall 2013 Calendar
Screening of "The Motherhood Archives" with film maker Irene Lusztig
September 17, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315
Archival montage, science fiction, and an homage to 70s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film excavating hidden histories of childbirth in the twentieth century. Assembling an extraordinary archive of over 100 educational, industrial, and medical training films (including newly rediscovered Soviet and French childbirth films) THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES inventively untangles the complex, sometimes surprising genealogies of maternal education. From the first use of anesthetic ether in the 19th century to the postmodern 21st century hospital birthing suite, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES charts a fascinating course through the cultural history of pain, the history of obstetric anesthesia, and the little-known international history of the natural childbirth and Lamaze movements. Revealing a world of intensive training, rehearsal, and performative preparation for the unknown that is ultimately incommensurate with experience, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES is a meditation on the maternal body as a site of institutional control, ideological surveillance, medical knowledge, and nationalist state intervention.
Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters
September 26, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315
Kate Brown is a leading historian of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, specializing in environmental history, the history of science and technology, and spatial history. In her latest book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, she provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union.
Kate Brown lives in Washington, DC and is an Associate Professor of History at UMBC. She is the author of A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) which won among a handful of prizes including the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History. Brown has published articles in the American Historical Review, Slate, Aeon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's on-line edition, Kritika, and the TLS. She is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, the International Research and Exchange Board, the Eurasia Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard University's Davis Center, and the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC. Currently Brown is working on a collection of essays called Being There, about the hapless adventures of an historian trying to recover the lost histories of modernist wastelands.
Female Embodiment of the Visual World
September 28, 2013 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
Women's Art in Contemporary China
As contemporary Chinese art gains worldwide prominence, where are the women artists? Why are they so often absent from academic discourse and scholarly publication? How do women's art practices figure into critical theory, gender politics, and aesthetics? Why have Chinese women artists refused to have their work identified and defined in terms of feminism, even if they seemingly engage in feminist art practices? In response to these questions, this symposium initiates a platform for considering Chinese women's art. Leading scholars and critics from Asia and the United States will present and discuss issues that concern artists as well as viewers.
This international symposium is presented in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, from September 27 to December 21, 2013.
For more information and the complete schedule of the events, please visit bowdoin.edu/asian-studies/symposia/female-embodiment-of-the-visual-world-2013/.
SPONSORED BY: the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Asian Studies Program, and the Art Department.
Book Release Celebration with Tricia Welsch - "Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up"
October 3, 2013 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room
Bowdoin College Associate Professor of Film Studies Tricia Welsch will discuss and present selected readings from her new book, Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up.
Welsch's biography trains a spotlight on the talented, self-assured actress whose career spanned seven decades, and also shows how the powerful women of early Hollywood re-invented themselves after their acting lives were over.
Swanson patented inventions and won fashion awards for her clothing designs, was a natural foods activist, exhibited her sculptures, and worked for the United Nations while continuing to act in films, theater, and television.
In the film Sunset Boulevard, Swanson had one of cinema's most famous exit lines--"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." In Welsch's biography, as in her real life, Gloria Swanson remains boldly in the picture.
What the critics are saying about Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up:
"I am so glad that Gloria Swanson is at last receiving the attention she deserves." --Kevin Brownlow, author of The Parade's Gone By. . ., filmmaker, and Academy Award recipient for his contributions to film scholarship and film preservation
"(The book) provides a lively, deft, and full account of Swanson's pioneering career and personal life, both of which were informed by a spirit of constant, intrepid reinvention. Welsch has given us the definitive biography of one of the major figures of the performing arts in the twentieth century." --Matthew H. Bernstein, author of Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent
Copies of Professor Welsch's book are available for sale at the Bowdoin bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World
October 4, 2013 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge
Friday, October 4th
9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Friday, "Youth Refiguring Gender and Sexuality: Institutional Contexts, Interpersonal Dynamics"
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Friday, "Political Engagement and Social Activism among Youth: Opportunities and Possibilities, Present and Future"
This two-day symposium examines the myriad ways in which the activities and voices of youth impact contemporary politics, public culture, and social and interpersonal relationships. Participants include leading scholars in Africana studies, anthropology, education, gay and lesbian studies, gender studies, Latin American and Latino studies, and sociology who conduct research in the United States, Canada and Latin America. For more information and the complete schedule of events, go to: bowdoin.edu/socanthro/symposia/adolescents-in-the-americas-2013/
SPONSORED BY the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Departments of Education and Sociology and Anthropology, and by the Latin American Studies Program.
The Religion of Witchcraft: The Spiritual Reality Beyond Oz, Buffy, and Hogwarts
October 28, 2013 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
"The Religion of Witchcraft: The Spiritual Reality Beyond Oz, Buffy, and Hogwarts" by Marilyn Pukkila
This lecture on contemporary Wicca will dispel myths about witchcraft today and allow the community to better understand the religion in its full complexity.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and Religion, Gender and Women's Studies and Lectures and Concerts.
Vyjayanthi Selinger and Sree Padma Book Launch
November 1, 2013 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
Please join Prof. Vyjayanthi Selinger as she discusses her new book "Authorizing the Shogunate: Ritual and Material Symbolism in the Literary Construction of Warrior Order" and Prof. Sree Padma as she discusses her new book "Vicissitudes of the Goddess: Reconstructions of the Gramadevata in India's Religious Traditions."
Friday, November 1
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Mass Hall, Faculty Room
Moderated by Prof. Belinda Kong.
Open to the public, free of charge.
Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program.