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Misfit Politics: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Power and Politics

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00 AM
5670 Haven Hall

RSVP requested:  http://www.tinyurl.com/MisfitsRSVP

Misfit Politics will bring together graduate students and scholars whose research takes up unconventional sites, materials, and methods of political inquiry. By focusing on the broad theme of “misfit politics,” the conference seeks to create a platform for those whose work requires some disciplinary border crossing and illustrates the unsettled terrain of politics and its study. Dr. Elizabeth Sharrow of the Departments of Political Science and History at the University of Massachusetts-­Amherst, will give the keynote address.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Sharrow’s work explores the role of American public policy in constructing intersectional, political understandings of sex and gender in contemporary U.S. history. She is revising a book manuscript, Forty Years ‘on the basis of sex’: Title IX, the ‘Female Athlete’, and the Political Construction of Sex and Gender, which explores the political history of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the emergence of the “female athlete” as a political figure. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.P.P. from the University of Minnesota, where she also pursued a minor graduate program in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies. Dr. Sharrow’s work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the American Association of University Women, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and others.