DePauw's Women's Studies program seeks funding to underwrite the participation of ten mid-career faculty members in a week-long intensive summer workshop, which will focus on three areas:
--Women/gender and the environment/ ecological issues;
--Transnational/global feminist activism and theory;
These three areas have been identified as missing from or under-represented in the Women's Studies program. Some participants have expertise in one or more of these areas, but have not previously been involved with women's studies; others have been closely involved with women's studies, but lack and seek expertise in these particular areas. The workshop will also attend to broader issues about what has changed, and what needs to change, about women's studies, over the several decades it has now existed.
Significant institutional support for the workshop is in place, and planning is underway for a group of 25 participants to meet at the Janet Prindle Institute For Ethics, August 6-10, 2012.
The overall goals of the workshop are: to acquaint faculty members with new approaches and issues in Women's Studies, stimulate the development of new courses and individual and collaborative scholarly projects, and improve the cohesiveness and coherence of our program, which stretches across the traditional disciplines. The proposal falls under two categories, "Broadening Intellectual Perspectives" and "Stimulating Innovation in Pedagogy," and has the potential to encourage intellectual and professional growth for individual faculty members, spark new cross-disciplinary collaborations, and promote intellectual community for the whole institution, keeping us at our growing edges.