Fall 2017 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2017

Iris Marion Young Award Ceremony

November 15, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Nominations for this year's Iris Marion Young Awards (Staff, Faculty, Graduate, and Undergraduate) are welcome through October 6.  View the Call for Nominations here.

The awards ceremony will include a moderated discussion among award winners about the themes of community engagement, organizing, and bridging theory and practice. All are welcome to attend this free event. 

The Orphan Industrial Complex: Charitable Commodification and its Consequences for Child Protection

November 15, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Kristen Cheney

In her book, Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS, Kristen Cheney argues that the misidentification of “orphans” as a category for development and humanitarian intervention has subsequently been misappropriated by many Western individuals and charitable organizations, resulting in an ‘orphan industrial complex’ that problematically commoditizes children as targets for charitable intervention.

Lecture: “Depathologizing Diversity: Critiques of Normative Thinking about the Body”

November 14, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Kathleen Perry Long, Cornell University

Hosted by Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Kathleen Long is Professor of French in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University.  She is the author of two books, Another Reality:  Metamorphosis and the Imagination in the Poetry of Ovid, Petrarch, and Ronsard and Hermaphrodites  in Renaissance Europe, and editor of volumes on High Anxiety: Masculinity in Crisis in Early Modern France, Religious Differences in France, and Gender and Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Europe.  She has written numerous articles on the work of Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné, on gen

REAL BOY Film Screening and Q&A with Director

November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Year of Healthy U, and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. 

Real Boy, a 2016 documentary directed by Shaleece Haas, is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son.

General Lecture: “Sex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects”

October 31, 2017 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Benjamin Kahan (Louisiana SU)

Benjamin Kahan’s “Sex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects” theorizes an etiological rather than an epistemological approach to the history of sexuality. Reading Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919), this paper explores how industrialization functions as a sexual etiology.

Faculty/grad Colloquium: “After Sedgwick: The Gordian Knot of the Great Paradigm Shift”

October 31, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Benjamin Kahan (Louisiana SU), Humanities Center Visiting Short-Term Fellow

Open to all faculty and graduate students. 

Colloquium: “After Sedgwick: The Gordian Knot of the Great Paradigm Shift”

Kristeva Circle Conference

October 27, 2017 (All day) - October 28, 2017 (All day)

For more information, click here.

View flyer here.

Lecture: “Animal Anarchy and The Secret Life of Pets”

October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center.

View PDF flyer here.

Lecture by Jack Halberstam, Columbia University

I want to lay out the stakes of the wild, build an understanding of what we might ask of animals and then conclude with thoughts on animal resistance to human management – animal anarchy here names a wild politics not scripted to the rhythms of conventional activism, not centered on a human actor and not oriented to change in any conventional way. The piece as a whole asks whether animals have already imagined the end of the human?

Presentation: "Teaching Queer"

October 26, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Stacey Waite, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Professor Waite's presentation will be based on the just-released book Teaching Queer. Join us for what promises to be a lively presentation and discussion!

Lecture: “The Unkindest cut of All”: Coloniality, Performance and Gender in the Courtroom and Beyond"

October 25, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Chloé Georás, University of Puerto Rico

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Program, the Humanities Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, and Professor John Beverley. 

On June 23, 1993, in Manassas, Virginia, after years of physical and verbal abuse that, according to testimony, culminated in another episode of marital rape, Lorena Bobbit took an eight-inch red-handled steak knife from her kitchen and cut off the penis of her husband and ex-Marine, John Wayne Bobbitt. She drove off with the penis and later discarded it on a grassy lot, where it was recovered by a police rescue mission and succesfully reattached to her husband. John Wayne was tried and acquitted of marital rape charges. 

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