Five College Women's Studies Research Center
The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center was founded in 1991 as a site for international scholarly activity on issues relating to women and gender. Located at 79 and 83 College Street on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts, it is supported by the Five College consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The five institutions have a thirty-five year history of cooperation and innovation in higher education and boast one of the largest concentrations of women’s and gender studies scholars anywhere in the world.
Located in an area with the largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. To this end, it hosts up to thirteen scholars and activists each year for three to eight months. Research Associates have come from over thirty countries. The Center also provides a forum in which women's and gender studies faculty from the five institutions can present and discuss their work and interact with Associates through faculty seminars, workshops and conferences.
While at the Center, Research Associates have access to Five College archival and other library resources and have various opportunities to present their work to a broad activist and scholarly community. The Center is committed to ensuring that visiting scholars include some who have international interests and backgrounds and some who will study and engage in community activism. Dedicated to supporting research on all aspects of women’s and gender studies, the Center welcomes inquiries from local, US-based and international scholars, teachers, writers, artists, community organizers and political activists.
The Center is located in two gracious buildings, adjacent to one another on the Mount Holyoke campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Facilities include a large seminar room, kitchen, dining room, outdoor deck, gardens, and thirteen offices. Area resources include a wide range of cultural venues, faculty seminars on diverse topics, five academic libraries, a number of teaching museums, the Emily Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony at the University of Massachusetts, and archives at Mount Holyoke College on the history of women’s education.
Projects & Campaigns
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center announces a call for applications and nominations for 2012-2013 Research Associateships with a focus on“NEW MEDIA IN FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP, TEACHING, AND ACTIVISM.”
Description: As part of a year-long focus on examining the field of gender studies and the impact of new media on research, teaching, and activism within global perspectives, we invite proposals for projects that may include, but are not limited to,exploring the impact of new media on: access and rights; uses of technology and surveillance; transnational encounters; intersectionality; and sustainability, broadly defined. Other topics might include visual literacy and cultural expression; public spheres and cyberspace; digital technology in academic research and practice, including new forms of archival inquiry.
Each year, ten to twelve scholars, teachers, artists, writers, and activists from the United States and abroad are provided with offices in our spacious facility, library privileges, and participation in a faculty seminar with a diverse community of colleagues in gender studies. The Center supports projects on this year’s theme in all disciplines that focus centrally on women or gender. During the period of appointment, Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, to attend weekly seminars, to give two public presentations, and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions. Pending approval, modest travel funds will be available and applicants with demonstrated need may also be considered for complimentary housing in a studio apartment at the Center.
You may nominate a colleague by sending a brief email to the Director, Karen Remmler firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants should complete our online application form. In addition, please submit a project proposal (up to 3 pages), curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and name of possible research partner(s) based at the Five Colleges. Project proposals should include 1) statement about the contribution to and significance of the project for research and teaching in gender studies, 2) a detailed description of the project and timeline, and 3) how a stay in the Five Colleges will advance the project. Applications received by February 6 (including letters of recommendation) will receive full consideration.
Submit all application materials to email@example.com
NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2012.
For further information, contact the Center at 413.538.2275, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website: http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/fcwsrc/
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.