Spring 2012 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2012

Radical Women & Women's Health Advocacy in the U.S.: Two Historical Narratives

March 29, 2012 - 4:00pm
Kristen Fallica & Alicia Williamson (Doctoral Candidates in English)

Women's Studies Program

These two talks draw upon archival research Alicia and Kristen conducted individually in New York with the support of the Women’s Studies Program Research Fund.


Alicia's presentation looks at the activities of members of the Socialist Party of America in the early Birth Control Movement of the 1910s.  Focusing on Rose Pastor Stokes’s related publications and personal correspondence, she will discuss how socialists prescribed not only contraceptives but also birth control narratives for working-class women.

"Rebel Girls: Youth Activism & Social Change Across the Americas"

March 23, 2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jessica Taft (Sociology, Davidson College)

From anti-war walkouts to anarchist youth newspapers, rallies against educational privatization, and workshops on fair trade, teenage girls are active participants and leaders in a variety of social movements.  Drawing on interviews and participant observation with teenage girl activists in 5 cities in North and South America, Jessica Taft's research illuminates the experiences and perspectives of these uniquely positioned agents of social change.  This talk centers on the stories of 5 different girls, one from each city, in order to illuminate a few of the dynamics and dimensions

"Redefining Girlhood: Teenage Activists & Contemporary Feminisms"

March 22, 2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Jessica Taft (Sociology, Davidson College)

Women's Studies Program at Carlow, Chatham University, Rachel Carson Institute, Institute for Women in Politics, and Women's Studies Program at University of Pittsburgh

Taft has extensively studied gender, social movements, childhood, globalization, transnational feminist theory, youth cultures, and qualitative research methods.  In addition to her book, she has published articles on teenage girls' conceptions of politics, competing discourses of girl power, peer-driven political socialization processes amongst activist youth, and how U.S. girls' organizations construct the relationships between girls and the public sphere.

Contact: Katie Hogan (kjhogan@carlow.edu)

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"Marketing Morality: Church Cookbooks & Victorian American Domesticity"

March 15, 2012 - 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Emily Bailey (PhD Student in Comparative Doctoral Program in Religion)

Women's Studies Program

The Victorian era in the United States saw significant changes in the social, domestic and religious roles of women.  This period, from shortly after the Civil War until the First World War, marked a shift for women from traditional middle-class female responsibilities to more domestically challenging ones.  This study examines late Victorian Protestant church community cookbooks as moral and cultural guides written by women for women, documenting the domestic roles and Christian practices of women in the years before and after the turn of the twentieth century.

It considers the influence of Protestant Christianity on expected female social roles and examines church community cookbooks as uniquely viable and valuable historical sources through which to better understand female Christian domestic practice in Victorian America.  Eleven American Protestant Christian cookbooks published from 1881 to 1913 serve as case studies, illustrating the late Victorian period through the advertisements selected by the women who wrote them.  I argue that advertisements from the texts offer information about the connections between gender, domesticity and

"A Day in the Life of a Pakistani Woman"

March 13, 2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Sameena Nazir

WILPF Pittsburgh, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and the Women's Studies Program and Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh

Sameena Nazir is Executive Director of the Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA) and President of the Pakistan-Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She is a human rights educator living and working in Pakistan.

PODA is a Pakistani NGO devoted to the promotion and protection of human rights in rural areas of Pakistan. Sameena Nazir works primarily with rural women and communities for progressive social change, gender equity and minority rights promotion. She is also active in promoting human rights legislation and policy in Pakistan. From the WILPF-Pakistan platform, she is building a group of women peacemakers to work at the district level. Most recently she organized over 1500 rural women to develop a Charter of Rights for Women in Disaster Situations.

WSP Film Series: "All About My Mother" Director Pedro Almodovar (1999)

March 12, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dr. Cathy Hannabach

Women's Studies Program

For more information about the series: http://pittqueerfemfilm.wordpress.com/public-film-series/

To learn about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185125/

University Closed

March 9, 2012 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

Spring Break - No Classes

March 5, 2012 - 8:30am - March 9, 2012 - 9:00pm

"'Our Roots, Our Strength': The Jamu Industry, Women's Health, and Power in Contemporary Java, Indonesia"

February 29, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sarah E. Krier (Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University)

Women's Studies Program

This lecture will explore how discourse surrounding Indonesian herbal indigenous medicine, or jamu, shapes Muslim women’s health choices and sexual and gender subjectivities in contemporary Central Java, Indonesia.

With jamu being composed mainly of roots from plants, “Our Roots, Our Strength” refers to how jamu creates a space for cultural discourse and practice that enables Muslim women to engage with power in terms of their reproductive and sexual health.

"It's All Play"

February 29, 2012 - 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Jamie Martina

Women's Studies Program

A film screening (15 min.) and discussion of film by student, Jamie Martina.

"The documentary is about strippers, telling their stories, showing the business in their perspective. The idea behind the title, 'It's All Play,' implies that the joke is mostly on the patrons.  With all the negative stereotypes surrounding exotic dancers, there are even more among dancers about men who frequent clubs."

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