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Reading Group: "Intersectionality and its Discontents"

January 19, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. We will be reading 3 recent articles on intersectionality to consider what it means *today to talk about the concept. What are the challenges or issues involved in thinking intersectionally? Is the concept outdated? This discussion group is open to all faculty and PhD students interested in the topic. Readings will be available on the gsws portal (on, under "Resources") or from in December. 


“Intersectionality Undone: Saving Intersectionality from Feminist Intersectionality Studies” by Sirma Bilge, Du Bois Review 10.2 (2013): 405–424.

"Intersectionality as Buzzword" by Kathy Davis, Feminist Theory 9.1 (2008): 67-85.

"The Complexity of Intersectionality" by Leslie McCall, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 30.3 (2005): 1771-1800.

This group is also meant to prepare for the campus visit of Jennifer Nash in late January. Prof. Nash will be presenting from her manuscript in progress on intersectionality.

This event is part of a cluster of spring term events on intersectionality. For more events click here.

Lecture by Bonnie Dow (Vanderbilt): "Writing the Revolution: Feminist Rhetorics of the Second Wave"

March 31, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Year of Diversity, and the Dept. of Communication.

Abstract of talk:

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?

Kristeva Circle Conference

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

For more information, click here.

View flyer here.

New Spring Course: Sexual Revolutions

"Sexual Revolutions" with Professor Rostom Mesli
Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:00 - 12:15 PM
402 Cathedral of Learning 

What is a sexual revolution? What does it mean to say that some sexual practices are revolutionary? Does it imply that others are reactionary? Who decides and according to what criteria? Why link sex and politics? What new problems might this create?

Lecture: “Disability Culture Pedagogies: When Having Fun Together is Radical Practice”

October 4, 2016 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Petra Kuppers, Professor of English, University of Michigan

Cosponsored event.Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics & Health Law and the Humanities Center.

Abstract:  This talk opens by discussing the use of disability stories in a wider social milieu that stigmatizes disability and limits the play with difference. How can teachers help students see the generative and complex potential of disability’s signification, in a world that still stigmatizes and limits disability expression? There is a disjuncture between disability culture’s rise and richness on the one hand, and mainstream ideas about difference on the other. As teachers, we need to find ways forward. The talk will argue for radical play in disability representation, through a discussion of the use of genre fiction in classrooms, and the use of embodied pedagogy exercises. With a range of examples, the talk will move toward new ways of incorporating disability’s difference into creative writing, teaching practice, and social justice work.

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

March 1, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Professor Ann Pellegrini (NYU)

Sponsored by Religious Studies.

In her now-classic 1981 essay “The Uses of Anger,” Audre Lorde, commends anger as a force that allows us to attend to histories of structural oppression.   In particular,  she urges women of color to name and speak their anger aloud and challenges white feminists to hear it without getting defensive.  “The angers between women will not kill us," Lorde writes, "if we can articulate them with precision, if we listen to the content of what is said with at least as much intensity as we defend ourselves against the manner of saying.

GSWS Grads locate tenure-track jobs

Chelsea Wentworth completed her PhD in Anthropology and a GSWS certificate in Dec. 2014. She will begin a tenure-stream position at High Point University in sunny North Carolina. 

Amy McDowell completed her PhD in Sociology with a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies in spring term 2014. She will start a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi fall 2014. Congrats, Amy!!


GSWS Alum Publishes Book _Queer Remembered_

Thomas R. Dunn publishes first book, Queerly Remembered (2016)

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