SUNY Oneonta News

March 21, 2011



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The Africana & Latino Studies, Women's & Gender Studies and Philosophy Departments of SUNY Oneonta will host the New York State African Studies Association’s annual conference on March 25-26 at the college's campus. The event will examine the serious challenges facing African and diasporic communities at the intersections of gender, science, technology, and socio-economic development.

Dr. Patricia McFadden of the University of Swaziland will deliver the keynote address, “Re-imaging Gender, Science and Technology in Africa’s Post Colonial 21st Century: Feminist Critiques and Visions” on March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Otsego Grille at the Morris Conference Center. On March 26, the featured speaker, Hofstra University Professor Emerita Dr. Silvia Federici will present “On Africa & the Feminist Marxist Perspective” at 9 a.m. in the Craven Lounge at the Morris Conference Center.

Panels throughout both days will examine such issues as "green" technologies in Africa, the role new media plays in constructing social identities and communities, science and technology as tools of neoliberalism. A complete conference schedule is available at

Community members are welcome to attend conference sessions, however some sessions require registration in advance. For further information regarding registration, contact Dr. Robert Compton, associate professor of Africana and Latino Studies and Political Science at SUNY Oneonta, at



For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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