fall 2017 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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fall 2017

Faculty and Grad Reading Group: Stacy Alaimo

December 8, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

In preparation for the visit of Prof. Stacy Alaimo to Pitt on January 16, 2018 (events described on the flyer here), interested members of the Pitt community are invited to join a reading group to be held Friday, December 8, from 3-5 pm in 527 CL. 

SC Meeting: Discussion of search for next director

December 8, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30pm

Workshop on “What’s Wrong with Tolerance?” from Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance

December 1, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Speaker/Participants: 
Ann Pellegrini, New York University

Cosponsored by the Provost’s Year of Diversity, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to participate in this workshop with Ann Pellegrini on “What’s Wrong with Tolerance?” from Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance.

Click here to access the reading for the workshop.

Lecture: "Angry Subjects: In/Civility, Christian Nationalism, and the Paranoid Position in an Age of Trump"

November 30, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Ann Pellegrini, New York University

Cosponsored by the Provost’s Year of Diversity, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies.

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Read-and-Talk Session featuring J.R. Latham’s article, “(Re)making sex: A praxiography of the gender clinic”

November 29, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty, graduate students, and post-docs across campus are invited to join us for an informal discussion of the theoretical, methodological, and political issues Latham raises about trans medicine and a trans person’s experience of a gender clinic. 

Click here to read J.R. Latham’s article, “(Re)making sex: A praxiography of the gender clinic,” published in Feminist Theory 2017 18(2): 177–204.

Lecture by Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder (English)

November 16, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
"The 'crooked stitches' of Desire: Sewing and Sexual Awakening in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple”

My talk revisits Alice Walker’s award-winning novel The Color Purple as a work of literary activism and asks the question: What if we place queer love at the center of the black freedom struggle? I examine how Walker’s novel speaks into archival silences of women activists and the personal relationships they formed by examining a hidden history that shaped the novel: the cooperative movement of the 1960s and 1970s, organized predominantly by grassroots women activists. I argue that Walker commemorates a legacy of women’s social movement activism—a distinct yet essential part of the civil rights movement—by placing a lesbian love story at the heart of the social and political turmoil of the Jim Crow south. In doing so, The Color Purple builds a collective memory of queer southern life. This talk explores the terrain of the queer south by placing Walker in conversation with E. Patrick Johnson and Scott Herring, asking how we might give voice to queer identity in a space that eschews and evades the traditional lexicon. To that end, I look at how Walker theorizes intersectionality through a narrative in which race, gender, and sexuality are inseparable from class issues and the pervasive weight of poverty.  

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
Speaker/Participants: 
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
Speaker/Participants: 
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.

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