University of North Carolina Wilmington

Conference Program (PDF link, ed. March 17)


Click above to see a full schedule of panels, workshops, discussions, and performances.

Thank you at all who planned, staffed, volunteered, and participated in SEWSA 2014. What an extraordinary conference! See you next year in Florida.

Questions and concerns, contact Katja Huru.

Changes to Program (PDF link, ed. March 27)


Presenter Bios (PDF link, ed. March 25)


Childcare Options


Keynote Speaker


Nikky Finney


Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea.
A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts
Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad
murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and
history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011);
The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985).
The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the
University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited
The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the
Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was
awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

Lecture, Q & A and Book Signing:

Thursday, March 27

6 p.m.

Burney Center, UNCW

Free and open to all

Nikky Finney's Official Webpage

Events and Activities

Ms. in the Classroom: Teaching Women's Studies Online (PDF registration sheet, registration required)


Thursday, March 27

9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Azalea Coast room A, FUU


Graduate-Student CV Clinic

As you are perhaps aware, SEWSA is well known for its atmosphere of welcome and for its support of graduate students. We are one of the conferences where graduate students maintain a continued sense of community and professional development, which is reflected in the consistently high number of graduate students who attend SEWSA year after year.

This year, we hope to further the mission of supporting the professional development of SEWSA members who are graduate students through the creation of a CV Clinic. Tenured and tenure-track faculty will be available for one-on-one, 15-minute meetings during which the faculty member will review the graduate student’s CV and offer advice on both how to improve the CV and how to best foreground the advisee’s academic strengths, in addition to strategic advice for the job market. The CV Clinic table will be located in the Clocktower Lounge registration and refreshment area, and those interested in being advised will be able to sign up for a time slot there. We envision that there will be advising sessions on Thursday and Friday of the conference. Students must sign up in advance, and bring a copy of their CV to their scheduled meeting. We hope that this addition to SEWSA contributes to a sense of community for all those who participate.

Jude Sotherlund: "The Glass Ceiling: Myth or Reality?"



Ms. Sotherlund has served as the Vice President of Diversity Services, Employment Advisory Services Inc., and the Equal Employment Advisory Council. She has also crafted public policy opinions and publications as the Director of Communications for the National Committee for Quality Health Care. Having been at the forefront of the Department of Labor’s Glass Ceiling Initiative (1989-1992) and a practitioner in the field, Ms. Sotherlund will offer us both a historical and up-to-the minute perspective on the issues involved.  Seminar followed by Q & A.


Friday, March 28

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Room Morton 100

Free and Open to All

Screenings of Barcelona Abans and Kanimambo followed by Discussion with Filmmakers


Foto Miereia Ros Foto Carlia Subirana



Friday, March 28

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Lumina Theater

Free and Open to All


Mireia Ros (Barcelona, Spain) is an actress, scriptwriter, singer, producer, editor and director. She is one of the founders of CIMA (Association of Women Directors in Film and the Media), an association dedicated to the promotion of women in the male dominated film industry. During the past few years, she has used her public image to called attention to gender inequality in her profession and to social issues related to the economic global crisis.

As an actress she has worked in 19 films with prestigious Spanish director such as Emilio M. Lázaro, Jordi Bayona, Ricardo Franco, J. Antonio Bardem and Marc Recha, among others. She has also acted in 8 plays and 13 TV movies and TV series. Her latest work as an actress is in the horror film genre: Rec 3: Genesis (2012) and Asmodexia (2014). Her career as a director began in 1996 with the feature La Moños (1997), a fictional reconstruction of the life of a seamstress that goes mad after her child is robbed by the lover´s family in 1930s Barcelona. Her second film, El Triunfo (2005), is a love story with Catalan’s rumba music and dance that also captures the drug and crime conflict between Legion veterans, gypsy gangs and the new wave of African immigrants that start to arrive to Barcelona during the 1980s. Her third theatrical release, Barcelona abans (2010), is a documentary of the history of Barcelona told through photographs, original film footage and other memorabilia left by some of the most successful and respected Catalan families. Other works of Mireia Ros as director are the TV movies Wendy Placa (2009), El Zoo de Pitus (2000) and Junts (1999).

Carla Subirana (Barcelona, Spain) is a scriptwriter and a film director with a degree in Audiovisual Communication from Pompeu Fabra University. She is a professor at the Ramón Llull University.

She has always combined film and television work thoughout her career.

Inspired to work in the field of documentaries by director Jean-Louis Commolli and after collaborating with different filmmakers, like Joaquim Jordà, Carla Subirana developed her own cinematographic vision. In 2008 she directed her first feature Nadar, an autobiographical documentary in which the director uses her grandmother Alzheimer’s illness as a metaphor to portray the irretrievable loss of information about personal and collective experience in Civil War and post-war Spain. In 2010, she started Pandora Cinema, which produced her second film Volar, a first ever look into the world and the thoughts of rookie airforce pilots, men and women who are trained to be soldiers in Spain. In 2011, Subirana traveled to Mozambique to direct the episode Madalena as part of the featurefilm Kanimambo, produced by Hispanocineand Eddie Saeta. In a country hit by war, hunger and AIDS, the director gives visibility to African women and their struggle for survival.

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February 27 – April 4
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Dance performance: 5:30


Mending: New Uses for Old Traditions will be on view in the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building Feb. 27 through Apr. 4. Mending is a southeastern regional exhibition, which features work created with or about traditional media or representations of women.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Katina Bitsicas, Asma Chaudhary, Marie Dorsey, Lou Haney, Devin Harclerode, Ashley Heuts, Regina Jestrow, Ann Marie Kennedy, Gracelee Lawrence, Susan Lenz, Macey Ley, Connie Lippert, Katrina Majkut, Courtney McCracken, Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, Meg Pierce, Kristin Skees, Page Turner, and Alice Young. Their works explore the evolving representation of women through traditional women’s media including cross-stitch, quilting, embroidery, sewing, and weaving as well as cast glass, etching, photography, handmade paper, and installation. The exhibition presents a multi-faceted contemporary update on the depiction of women through an incorporation of history and tradition.


Friday, March 28

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Art Gallery

At the Cultural Arts Building (CAB)

Randall Parkway & Reynolds Drive

Women Writers and Appalachia: An Exhibit for Women’s History Month (link)

Women Writers and Appalachia: An Exhibit for Women’s History Month – This new display in the Randall Library Government Documents area celebrates the diverse writing that comes out of or is inspired by the Appalachian region of North America, and especially honors this year's SEWSA conference Keynote Speaker, Nikky Finney. Alongside Finney's work in the display you will find books of fiction and poetry from other women writers of Appalachia that should be read. The exhibit also includes library materials like maps, narratives, videos and more, that tie to the Appalachian Community of the Carolinas and beyond.

Event/Exhibit Information

March 7, 2014 (All day) - April 30, 2014 (All day)

Government Documents, RL 2nd Fl

Currents: Student Perspectives on Feminism

Mezzanine Gallery, CAB

Currents will feature work that examines feminism from a contemporary student perspective.

This exhibition is sponsored by the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonʼs Department of Art and Art History and is being held in conjunction with the Southeastern Womenʼs Studies Association Conference sponsored by the UNCWʼs Womenʼs Studies and Resource Center.

Dancers from The Dance Cooperative will perform two works for this year’sSEWSA conference. KateMuhlstein will present her piece “Work in Progress.” As a study of women’s unique perspectives, the dancers were assigned writing prompts. Each dancer then developed movement based upon her writing. The performance imparts the weaving of the women’s experiences. Dancers will also present a piece that explores female relationships among different generations. In this improvisational performance, each audience member will witness a different enactment depending on where she or he is located within the performance space.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul"

-Martha Graham

Girls Studies Interest Meeting


Girls Studies

Friday, March 28, 8:30 a.m.

Clock Tower Lounge, 2000 FSC

Campus-wide event: tickets required, will-call list at registration table

pussy riot

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer:

Screening and Discussion with Director


Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Russian: Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot) is a 2013 Russian-British documentary film by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin. The film follows the court cases on the Russian feminist/anti-Putinist punk-rock protest group Pussy Riot. Maxim Pozdorovkin is a film scholar, curator, and documentary filmmaker. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Studies and Film Studies from Harvard University, and is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.



Friday, March 28

7 p.m.

Lumina Theater, UNCW

Tickets available at Sharky's box office