Difference and Mentoring in Feminist Geography 1: Ask a Mentor

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Karen Falconer Al-Hindi
Chairs: Karen Falconer Al-Hindi


Mentoring has received significant attention in feminist geography (Moss et al 1999; Mahtani 2004, 2014; Fem-Mentee Collective, 2017) and continues to engage feminist geographers concerned with navigating the academy, helping others to succeed, and in changing the academic work environment/challenging the increasing demands and punitive structures of the neoliberal academy (Mountz et al., 2015). This informal panel session positions more seasoned feminist geographers as panelists and invites their responses to audience questions.

Questions should be general enough to interest many in the audience. Issues to be addressed may include:
Do you have guiding questions or principals that would help those earlier in their careers craft a research and publishing program?
How can I respond to requests for professional service in ways that protect my time yet do not alienate those making the requests?
What’s a good way to think about work/life balance? What tactics have panelists found especially useful?
Can one both succeed in the academy and change it?

Following concise self-introductions by the panelists, the panelists and chair will field questions from the audience.

Works cited:
Fem-Mentee Collective:; Alison L. Bain, Rachael Baker, Nicole Laliberté, Alison Miolan, William J. Payne, Léa Ravensbergen & Dima Saad (2017): Emotional masking and spill-outs in the neoliberalized university: a feminist geographic perspective on mentorship, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2017.1331424
Mahtani, Minelle (2004) Mapping race and gender in the academy: The experiences of women of colour faculty and graduate students in Britain, the US and Canada, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 28: 1, 91-99, DOI: 10.1080/0309826042000198666
Mahtani, Minelle (2014) Toxic geographies: Absences in critical race thought and practice in social and cultural geography, Social and Cultural Geography 15(4): 359-367 DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2014.888297
Moss, Pamela, Karen J. DeBres, Altha Cravey, Jennifer Hyndman, Katherine K. Hirschboeck & Michele Masucci (1999) Toward mentoring as feminist praxis: Strategies for ourselves and others, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 23: 3, 413-427, DOI: 10.1080/03098269985371
Mountz, Allison, Anne Bonds, Becky Mansfield, Jenna Loyd, Jennifer Hyndman, Margaret Walton-Roberts, Ranu Basu, Risa Whitson, Roberta Hawkins, Trina Hamilton, Winifred Curran (2015) For slow scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university ACME: An international e-journal for critical geographies 14(4), 1235-1259.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Melissa Gilbert Temple University 20
Panelist Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo SUNY Cortland 20
Panelist Tamar Mayer Middlebury College 20
Panelist Michele Masucci Temple University 20
Discussant Karen Falconer Al-Hindi University of Nebraska Omaha 20

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