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The AFRICANA & LATINO STUDIES, Women's & Gender Studies and Philosophy Departments of SUNY ONEONTA is hosting the New York State African Studies Association’s (NYASA)  36th Annual Meeting on March 25-26, 2011 at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. In light of profound changes in recent decades and the serious challenges facing African & diasporic communities at the intersections of gender, science, technology, and socio-economic development, the Annual Meeting will examine this general theme and its variations.

For the panels, gender shall be conceptualized in the broadest possible ways so as to include not only women, men and transgendered individuals, but also any other categories that we may not habitually recognize as gendered.  We assume that gender, science, technology, and development meet in interesting ways and participants will query these connections, to ask how science, technology and ideas of development are changing conceptions of gender and vice versa.

Panels will engage with a variety of topics on gender & development, gender & technology, science & technology as tools of neoliberalism, public health, medicine & gender, the gendering of civil society organizations, NGOification in Africa, Green technologies in Africa, new technologies and cultural workers, new technologies & new media in the construction of new social identities and communities.


Some conference events… (all sessions take place at Morris Conference Center, unless otherwise noted)

Friday,  March 25th
6:00 pm Otsego Grille, Dinner and Keynote speaker, Micere M. Githae Mugo, Syracuse University
8:30 pm CME, Lee Hall, M'Bemba Bangoura, African Dancing and Drumming with SUNY Oneonta’s World Percussion Ensemble

Saturday, March 26th
9:00 am—5:00 pm:  Student SADC Simulation (room TBA)
9:00 am:  Craven Lounge, Plenary lecture, Dr. Sylvia Federici, Prof. Emeritus, Hofstra University
1:00 pm:  Otsego Grille, Lunch business meeting with Dr. Ali Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Chair of Binghamton University’s Institute of Global Cultural Studies