Rural Women’s Studies Association Conference: Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum, 11.-15.05.2021, virtual space

Rural Women’s Studies Association (RWSA) (Web)
Time: 11.-15.05.2021
Time: Virtual space, via Univ. of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Registration due: 09.05.2021
The theme, “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum,” emphasizes how conversations, relationships, and food shape rural communities. This theme allows for the consideration of the ways that gendered, sexual, ethnic, and racial identities affect personal power, class consciousness, individual choice, and community development. These subjects lend themselves to the exploration of rural activism, social justice, innovation, politics, business development, cultural expression, self-governance, and collective experiences — both historical and contemporary — locally and globally.
Program (Web)
11.05.2021: Panels 1-6 (Web)

  • Gender Structures in Livestock Breeding and Farm Management
  • Educating Mother: Political and Economic Education for Rural Women
  • Launch of the RWSA Cookbook
  • Situated Solidarities: “Feeding the World” Mythology and Transnational Feminist Praxis, a roundtable discussion
  • Women and Cattle Production: From Midwestern Convents to the High Plains
  • Confronting Crisis in the Countryside: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Rural Environments
  • Can She Cook?

12.05.2021: Panels 7-16 (Web)

  • Rural Women and 21st-century: Liminality, Exception, and Empowerment
  • Girlhood and Sisterhood from Rural to Global
  • Domestic Spaces: Preserving Rural Life
  • Cookbooks and Food Experts: A Taste of Backstories: The Kitchen Table Talk Cookbook
  • Keynote: Kim Anderson: Making Relational Space: Nokom’s House and Kitchen Table Methodologies (Web)
  • Dairying as an Occupational Identity for Women: From Farm to Factory in the Netherlands and Sweden
  • Tales & Tables: Foodways of Eastern Montana
  • Rural Women and Political Action in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Women, Foodways, and Power in Arkansas
  • Regional Foodways in the 19th Century
  • Family Farms/Family Decisions

13.05.2021: Panels 17-24 (Web)

  • Nigerian Women and Mental Health
  • Recipes, Memory, and Identity
  • Rural Women Making and Breaking the Mold
  • Rural Women as Home Healers
  • The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Kitchen Table Talk from Appalachia
  • Launch of “What Canada Ate” exhibit & website, a Tribute to Anita Stewart
  • Politics Begin in the Kitchen
  • From Rural Hearth to Cookstove
  • Selling Produce, Navigating Markets

14.05.2021: Panels 25-31 (Web)

  • Rural Women’s Mental and Physical Health
  • Rural Women: Recipes and Remembering
  • Food on the Rural Canadian Homefront
  • Food, Family, and Poverty in the US
  • A Daughter
  • Passionate and Personal: ‘non-feminist” Rural Labour’s Broader Implications
  • Reading Between the Lines: Women, Literature, & the Kitchen Table in 20th-Century Rural and Prairie Canada
  • Musical Performance

15.05.2021: Panels 32-35 (Web)

  • What’s on the Table
  • Social Action and Identity Building
  • Mentorship & Development Networks for Rural Women & Researchers
  • Leaders in Extension Service and Agricultural Journalism
  • Fellowship in the Digital Age: Rural Women, Community, and Social Media

Source: Rural History Newsletter 45/2021-52/2021