Feminism and Family Studies Section Update

Abbie E. Goldberg, Ph.D., Section Chair
/ Fall 2019 NCFR Report

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In anticipation of the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference, the Feminism and Family Section (FFS) is planning some exciting events, including several special sessions.

The first special session, “Religion, Family, and Raising Trans Kids: Personal and Research Perspective,” is a collaborative presentation featuring leading researchers on trans youth, Katherine A. Kuvalanka, Ph.D., and Jenifer McGuire, Ph.D., along with S. Okrey Anderson, M.S.W. This dynamic presentation will include a brief discussion of research on religion, families, and raising trans kids; a personal account of raising a trans daughter; and a Q&A session. This session is cosponsored by the Religion, Spirituality, and Family Section. The session will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.  

The second special session, “Intimate Partner Violence and Immigration: Research and Policy Perspective,” will include perspectives of leading researchers Laurie Cook Heffron, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., and Jhumka Gupta, Sc.D., M.P.H., as well as policy advocate Krista Del Gallo, of the Texas Council on Family Violence. All are working to understand, respond, and craft more relevant and effective solutions for immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence. This session is cosponsored by the Family Policy Section and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

In addition, Dr. Ramona Faith Oswald, Ph.D., will give the Alexis J. Walker Lifetime Achievement in Feminist Family Studies Award Address on Thursday, Nov. 21, from noon to 1:15 p.m.

All three of these sessions will be available online for conference attendees to watch live or on demand following the conference.  

The FFS will hold its annual section member meeting during the conference on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The first half of the meeting will include reports from the chair-elect, past chair , and current chair, as well as updates on the FFS section financials and announcing of the incoming FFS executive board. Additionally, we will hold a live auction during the section member meeting to raise money for our section and for our section awards specifically.

We will also present three awards at the conference—the Jessie Bernard Research Proposal Award, the Jessie Bernard Paper Award, and the Alexis J. Walker Mid-Career Award.

We hope you will be registering soon for the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference. We look forward to exchanging new ideas and the opportunity to connect and reconnect with old and new friends and colleagues.