pass this on: two New York Conferences show some love to girls

Want to hear a presentation on Missy Elliott’s music video for “Work It"? You can at the upcoming Women's History Month Conference. (image courtesy of

This is a quick post on two upcoming girl-related conferences in New York, both of which promise to be awe-inspiring.

First up thank you to Mary Kearney at Girls Make Media for sharing information on the Women’s History Month Conference to be held on March 5 and 6 at Sarah Lawrence College. The focus of this year’s conference is “The Message is in the Music:
Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More
” with keynote speaker, Carmen Ashhurst, who is a former president of Def Jam Recordings and Rush Communications. Ashhurst also has a new book coming out titled Selling My Brothers: The Movement, The Media and Me. Ashhurst is also mentioned in Liane Enkelis’ book, On Our Own Terms, which profiles 15 female executives. You can view the rest of the conference program here. There will be presentations on everyone from Bessie Smith to Lil’ Kim to Corin Tucker to Liz Phair to Nerdcore. And the best part is that the conference is free and open to the public!!

Mazzarella's book Girl Wide Web (image courtesy of

Also happening in New York – in the fall of 2010 – the State University of New York College at Cortland is hosting a Girls’ Studies Conference with the theme “Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals.” The keynote speaker for this conference is Sharon Mazzarella, a renowned girls’ studies scholar who edited two anthologies: Growing up Girls: Popular Culture and the Construction of Identity and Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity (Intersections in Communications and Culture: Global Approaches and Transdisciplinary Perspectives). This conference is still accepting paper and panel submissions until March 1. So there’s still time to submit something if you’re interested in girls’ studies and have a paper topic or two lying around. The conference call also includes a call for zines!! So if you’re a zine maker or maybe a zine collector you should consider attending this conference. I’ll post more about this conference and the conference program once they have it listed.

~ by actyourage09 on February 18, 2010.

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