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2016 Iris Marion Young Award Winners

The University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, in conjunction with GSPIA, is happy to announce the winners of the 2016 Iris Marion Young Award: Jackie Smith (faculty); Sheila Confer (staff); Hanifa Nakiryowa (graduate student); and Saskia Berrios-Thomas (undergraduate).

The Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement honors members of the Pitt community who have worked on behalf of social justice and democracy. You can read about the 2016 honorees' accomplishments at the end of this email. 

Presentation: "Masculinity and Methodology"

April 4, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Prof. Chris Haywood (Newcastle, UK)

There are an increasing number of studies exploring men and masculinities and this has led to a growing visibility of the role of masculinity within the research process. This presentation aims to contribute to this discussion by exploring the ways in which masculinity impacts upon the research process. Drawing upon a number of examples from research in schools, speed dating, disability and anonymous sex, it is argued that masculinity does not stand outside of the research process, but rather, it actively inflects and impacts upon the knowledge that is produced. 

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

Presentations by Angela Anderson (VS) Sylvia Grove (GSWS Graduate Student)

January 13, 2017 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Presentation by Angela Anderson: "Femininity By Any Other Name: Hysteria, Witchcraft, and Chronic Illness"

Presentation by Sylvia Grove: "Lips and Hips: Sugar and the Marketing of French Femininity"

Lecture by Rostom Mesli (Post-doc), "The Complexities of Integrating Complexity: Notes on the Theoretical and Political Challenges of Intersectionality"

February 14, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm

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What is intersectionality? What are the theoretical underpinnings of the concept? What does an intersectional politics look like? Is it liberal or is it radical? Is it politically enabling or paralyzing? Such questions have caused controversies in feminist and queer theory and politics. This talk seeks to open a way out of some of those conundrums by showing that they result from a conflation of different understandings of intersectionality. Against a view of intersectionality as self-evident, the talk highlights three very different understandings, each corresponding to different historical moments, and each sharing more with their context of origin than with the other versions of intersectionality.

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

First spring-term Steering Committee Meeting

January 13, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

On the docket: undergraduate studies

Undergraduate lecture by anupama jain (GSWS): "Historicizing Asian/American (Trans)National Feminisms"

February 9, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Telling the story of Asian immigrant communities in the United States is a complicated business of unpacking an unstable collection of signifiers: “Asian,” “American,” nation, woman, etc.

Lecture by Jane Ward (UC Riverside): "The Tragedy of Heterosexuality"

March 16, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Sponsored by GSWS, cosponsored by the Humanities Center and the Year of Diversity

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

In this work in progress, Jane Ward revisits early lesbian feminist theory to interrogate one of the basic premises of the gay rights movement—that heterosexuality is easier than queerness.

GSWS in USA Today

Check out this story in USA Today about gender today, including a quote from GSWS Director Todd Reeser:

Grants for NTS Faculty for Projects in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

The GSWS program supports and values the contributions of non-tenure-stream faculty (lecturers, visiting lecturers and instructors, part-time instructors) and is making available funds in AY16-17 to support NTS faculty in projects related to the study of gender or sexuality. Applicants must be affiliated faculty in GSWS, and strong preference will be given to faculty who teach cross-listed GSWS courses or are active in the program.

Undergrad Lecture by Patricia Ulbrich, GSWS Visiting Scholar, "Activist & Academic Alliances in the Women’s Movement Community in Pittsburgh”

February 2, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Sponsored by GSWS. 

Pittsburgh was a major hub of the contemporary women’s movement in the United States. This paper analyzes the formal and informal networks among activists and academics that contributed to the emergence of the women’s movement community in Pittsburgh during the period 1968-1973. We discuss issues of feminist identity among networks of activists and academics, the organizational structures and practices that helped or hindered alliances among them, and how they shaped strategies used to confront employment discrimination and develop the women studies program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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