Monday, 15 February 2010

reimagining girlhood: communities, identities, self-portrayals


Kristen Lambert and Alyx Vesey are organizing a panel to submit to the Conference on *Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals *
Hosted by: Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies and Women's Studies Program at the State University of New York College at Cortland and to be held on October 22-24, 2010.

We are putting together a panel that highlights the curriculum and programming utilized in Girls Rock Camp - including but not limited to courses and workshops on:

- music history
- media literacy
- band marketing and promotions
- music journalism
- recording
- self-defense

We hope the panel will bridge scholarship with activism, and that as a group we can discuss girls and feminism, identity politics, and girl empowerment in relation to the curriculum created and implemented in Girls Rock Camp. As GRC hopes to work with a diverse group of girls in terms of race, gender identity, sexuality, class, and age we would like to discuss how successful the workshops and trainings are in
relation to the overall goals outlined by the organizations and where we could make improvements. In this respect we envision the panel as an opportunity to create a dialogue with each other across various camps.

We hope to hear from volunteers and instructors from Girls Rock Camp, scholars and activists who are studying Girls Rock Camp, and of course girls(!) who've participated in Girls Rock Camp.

We are asking that potential panelists please submit an abstract limited to 250 words to us by Sunday, February 21, 6pm eastern time. Please email both of us: Kristen ( and Alyx ( Along with the proposal please include the name(s), affiliation(s), CVs (if applicable) and contact information (address, e-mail and telephone number) associated with the proposal.

We understand that this is short notice but the submission deadline is March 1st, so we need to time to read submitted proposals and prepare the panel submission.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Kristen Lambert and Alyx Vesey co-teach the music history workshops for Girls Rock Camp Austin, and have also worked with GenAustin. Both received their MA in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, where they were both portfolio students through the Center of Women and Gender Studies. In addition to their scholarship and work with GRCA, they also maintain blogs that reflect their academic interests. Kristen runs Act Your Age , which focuses on mediated representations of girlhood, as well as non-profit girl-oriented organizations and current events related to girlhood. Alyx runs Feminist
Music Geek , which considers music culture from a feminist perspective.

For more information on the conference please visit their website:

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