Towson University Women's Studies


Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, March 2010
July 6, 2010, 2:26 pm
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From Liz Barr:

In March of 2010, I was able to go to Columbia, South Carolina with Harriet Smith and Daniel Staples. We drove from Towson to attend SEWSA–the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference–where I was presenting a paper on AIDS art and AIDS activism.

My name badge.

Columbia was definitely swankier than I expected, at least in the downtown area near the University of South Carolina. The conference wasn’t huge, I would guess 200 people were in attendence. We met some folks from different programs around the country and were able to talk about our programs/research interests. Harriet, Dan and I went to panels on a bunch of different topics, including transgender theory, zine-making, transnational feminism, men and violence,  art as activism, and feminist parenting.

On the drive back, we stopped in South of the Border, SC which was….overwhelming. If you have never been to South of the Border, it is the most ridiculous place I have ever seen. Harriet and Dan both described it as a racist theme park, and I’m not sure I even know how to describe it. Perhaps that can be the subject of a future conference paper/panel……..

I am really glad that we were able to go to the conference. I definitely left feeling charged up about my Masters’ thesis, our women’s studies program, and the larger community of women’s studies scholars that exists around the country. I know both Dan and Harriet had a great time as well.

–Liz Barr