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Lecture: “‘Against a Sharp White Background’: Toward Intersectional Research in Girls' Media Studies”

February 13, 2018 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Mary Celeste Kearney (Notre Dame)

Cosponsored by the Humanities Center and the Children's Literature program.


In this presentation, Kearney will make an appeal for the greater adoption of an intersectional approach to identity studies as well as encourage researchers to look beyond the center of the frame when analyzing media texts. Via an overview of some of her recent research on black girlhood in early U.S. television, she will demonstrate the usefulness of recalibrating our gaze and complicating our analysis.

View flyer here.

The Orphan Industrial Complex: Charitable Commodification and its Consequences for Child Protection

November 15, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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.

SC Meeting: Discussion of search for next director

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

“Gender and Science” Lecturer Job Opening in GSWS

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS) Program at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a non-tenure-steam lecturer position in the area of gender and science.

Pending budgetary approval, the position will begin in fall 2018 with an initial three-year contract, with the possibility of obtaining renewable three-year contracts after satisfactory performance reviews.

Undergraduate Student Conversation with Gayle Rubin

October 17, 2017 - 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Gayle Rubin is an associate professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. For over three decades her essays have been mandatory readings for entire cohorts of students of gender and sexuality, making her one of the most influential scholars in feminist theory, gay and lesbian studies, sexuality studies and queer studies. A feminist and sex activist, she has also been a prominent advocate for a sex-positive feminism, for the civil rights of sexual minorities, and a defender of sexual diversity.

Graduate Student Conversation with Gayle Rubin

October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Contact for more information and to register. 

Iris Marion Young Award Nominations Open through October 6

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.

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. 

Book Release Event: "Set the World on Fire"

March 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Professor Keisha Blain (History)

Sponsored jointly by the Department of History and the Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program

Please join us for the launch of Keisha Blain's new book, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, February 2018).

Featuring commentary on the book from:

Robert Trent Vinson, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor History and Africana Studies, The College of William and Mary

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