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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)

GSWS Minor Approved

Our proposal for a GSWS has been approved by upper administration, and we are signing up interested students. Students enrolled in the GSWS "certificate" currently will be able to stay in and complete it, or to switch to the minor.

Lecture: "The Dangerous Public Fantasies of Post-racialism and the Black Bogeyman"

February 17, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Professor Ronald Jackson (University of Cincinnati)

Cosponsored by the Depts. of Communication and Africana Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, the Year of Diversity, and the Humanities Center.

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

Deadline: Iris Marion Young Award Call for Nominations

September 23, 2016 (All day)


See the event flyer here

GSWS Fall 2016 Event Calendar Available!

The GSWS Fall 2016 Event calendar is now available!

Click here to view a PDF version.


Conversations on Europe Virtual Roundtable: "Transgender Europe”

February 21, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Organized by European Studies Center at Pitt. Discussion moderated by Todd Reeser, Director of GSWS.


Join the ESC for a moderated “virtual roundtable” on the issues facing transmen and transwomen in Western and Eastern Europe today.

The Iris Marion Young Awards: Call for Nominations

Do you know someone who is a leader in the struggle to achieve social justice? If so, we want to hear from you.

Spring Break: No Classes

March 6, 2017 (All day) - March 11, 2017 (All day)

Colloquium: "The Complexities of Intersectionalities"

September 22, 2016 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Rostom Mesli, Hum Center and GSWS Post-doc

In this paper, Mesli starts from the contradictory claims according to which, for some, intersectionality is a radical framework of analysis that allows for a radical questioning of formation of social categories and identities (intersectionality is then viewed as anti-identity politics), whereas for others it is a liberal framework that fundamentally relies on leaving those social categorizations unquestioned (it is, in this view, inseparable from identity politics). In order to elucidate this puzzle, he argues that although using the same word "intersectionality," scholars often talk about different academic and political traditions which are unduly conflated. Mesli distinguishes between three understandings of intersectionality. They correspond to roughly three different historical moments: 1) Women of Color feminism of the late 1970s and early 1980s (the key text here is the Combahee River Collective statement); 2) Kimberle Crenshaw's texts when she coined the term "intersectionality" in late 1980s/early 1990s; 3) a de-constructionist and postmodern version of "intersectionality" to be found in contemporary queer of color critique (Ferguson, Somerville, among others).   His contention is that in their attempts to resurrect Women of Color feminism, advocates of the postmodern version of intersectionality have often claimed to derive their anti-categorical and anti-identitarian claims from that tradition: he argues that this is an undue conclusion: WOC feminism and Crenshaw are suspicious of certain homogenizing effects of categories but they are not for that reason anticategorical. A second contention is that in their rejections of identity categories, critiques of intersectionality frameworks have failed to see what, in the earlier versions of "intersectionality," could be used to fix some of the theoretical and political problems that surfaced in later versions of feminisms. In other words, he argues, against queer of color critique and with anti-intersectional scholars (Wendy Brown, Jasbir Puar), that Women of Color feminism is indeed deeply vested in identity politics and the claim that it articulates anti-identitarian positions is untenable. But he also argues, against Brown and Puar, that this is no reason to reject WOC feminism: on the contrary, one of its crucial values lies in its articulation of a form of identity politics that eschews many of the critiques postmodern scholars often make to identity politics.

With responses by Todd Reeser (Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program) and Melanie Hughes (Sociology) 


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