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The high point for Jodi Bilinkoff this last year was attending the Sixteenth Century Studies
Conference in Geneva, Switzerland which took place on the occasion of the 500th anniversary
of the birth of Protestant reformer John Calvin. Bilinkoff chaired one session and gave a
commentary at another; both sessions examined writings by and about women in the
fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. Bilinkoff, Professor of History, continues to publish
essays, articles, and book reviews on religion and gender in early modern Catholic Europe
and its colonies. She is hoping to return to Spain to continue her research in the spring and
summer of 2010.
Danielle Bouchard participated on a panel entitled “Women’s Studies and the ‘Origins’
of Institutionality: Engaging Difficulty, Critiquing Foundationalism” at the 2009 National
Women’s Studies Association Conference. WGS MA student Carrie Hart also participated.
“This panel critiques the work of the most common Women’s Studies origin stories, by
interrogating three concepts which are often thought of as representing the discipline’s
most foundational commitments: history, service, and politics. By way of this critique,
the panel unearths and deconstructs assumptions regarding normativity and difference
that continue to shape the discipline and serve to legitimate its place in the university in
mostly unquestioned ways.” (excerpt from panel proposal)
Gwen Hunnicutt’s article “Varieties of Patriarchy and Violence Against Women:
Resurrecting ‘Patriarchy’ as a Theoretical Tool” was recently published in Violence
Against Women, vol. 15, no. 5. In the article, Hunnicutt, Associate Professor of Sociology,
addresses criticisms made for constructing patriarchy as a theory to explain violence
against women, uncovers the explanatory strengths of this concept, and lays some
foundations for a more fully developed theory of violence against women (Pub. notes,
Leila Villaverde and Kathy Jamieson guest edited a special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies (volume 13, 3).
In/visible bodies: Lesbian sexualities and sporting spaces includes entries from sport
studies and cultural studies scholars in the US, Canada, and Australia, and was peer
reviewed by several WGS affiliates. As editors their project was one of identifying
“ongoing processes for producing ‘the sporting lesbian’”, and “describing how a
queer reading of lesbian sexualities and sporting spaces might best feature processes
of sexualizing, rather than fixating on sexual identities” (p. 232).
Hephzibah Roskelly, Professor of English and the Linda Arnold Carlisle
distinguished Excellence Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, recently
completed a chapter entitled “Jane Addams and the Hope for Peace and Bread” to
be included in the spring 2010 publication of Women Rhetors Between the Wars (SIU
Press). Other forthcoming publications include “Imagining Women as Humans”
in a volume on postcolonialism and human rights theories edited by Ali Schultheis,
Associate Professor of English, as well as entries on Maria Stewart and Sojourner
Truth in the fall 2010 publication of Encyclopedia of Women’s Rhetoric. Roskelly
continues to work with Bennett College to combine moments in the histories of
women’s education in Greensboro.

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