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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: "Working Toward the Rights of Intersex People"

February 26, 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Alice Dreger, PhD, Visiting Professor in Bioethics and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh

The intersex patient rights movement has been in existence for about thirty years. What have been the goals, and what has actually been achieved? Why has reaching those goals been so difficult, even when what is being sought—age-appropriate, honest information about medical histories; obtaining patients’ consent before optional sexual surgeries; meaningful psycho-social care—seems so reasonable? After a basic introduction to intersex (i.e., when a person is born with a body that isn’t standard male or standard female), this talk will explore these questions. 

Lecture: Preempting "The Breasts that Will Have to Be Removed:" Puberty Suppression and Pediatric Gender Transition

February 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sahar Sadjadi, PhD, Visiting Professor in Bioethics and Pediatrics

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh

During the past few years, the introduction and rapid acceptance of “puberty suppression” has transformed the clinical treatment of gender variance in children. Based on an ethnographic study of the field of pediatric gender management, this lecture offers a brief history of puberty suppression and explores the affective and temporal politics of this medical intervention.

Graduate Research on Gender/Sexuality

March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
PJ Patella-Rey and Danny Jacobson

The Real Work of (Online) Sex Work: Beyond Selling and Consuming Bodies

PJ Patella-Ray

Despite decades of empirical research offering rich and nuanced descriptions of sex work, most mainstream discussions of commercial sexual interactions fail to recognize the full range of labor involved. This is in no small part due to the persistence of narratives that reduce it to the purchase and consumption of bodies—narratives championed by sex work exclusionary radical feminists, who frequently promote the rhetoric of “sex trafficking” to describe all sex work.

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.

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