Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies | Explore the Changing Roles of Gender
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Lecture: "On the Sexual Genesis of Thought in Deleuze"

March 17, 2017 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Matt Lovett, GSWS Visiting Instructor

Prof. Nash will lead a faculty/grad colloquium on her book The Black Body in Ecstasy (Duke UP).

January 31, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Participants are encouraged to procure a copy of Prof. Nash's book and read in advance.

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

GSWS Club Meeting

November 18, 2016 - 5:30pm

The GSWS club invites everyone to attend our next general meeting Friday Nov 18 at 5:30pm in room 242 of the cathedral! If you are a GSWS student or are simply intrigued by the topics of GSWS, we invite you to come enjoy tasty snacks, engage in constructive discussions regarding the recent election results, partake in creative activism with the It’s On Us t-shirt campaign, help plan our upcoming newsletter/zine, and kickstart our social media presence on campus! Everyone is welcome (bring your friends!) and leadership positions are available! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Iris Marion Young 2016

GSWS is so proud to be honoring 4 outstanding people working their hearts out for social justice:

Lecture: "Teacher Sex, Pupils and Masculinity"

April 3, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Prof. Chris Haywood (Newcastle, UK)

Throughout the last 20 years schooling has received increasing media coverage especially around gender and sexuality. It has become an arena where cultural anxieties are being continually projected and temporarily resolved.  For example, concerns about boys failing, school pregnancies, sexting, sex education reveal the moral fault lines that underpin what is seen as acceptable and unacceptable. This lecture primarily focuses on media reports on sex between teachers and pupils in order to explore how such scandals configure gender. More specifically, it examines how the dynamics of age play an important role in emerging narratives of masculinity. Overall, the lecture suggests that such scandals create cultural disgust, they become desirable and necessary to stabilize gender and (hetero) sexual normativity. 

Co-sponsored by the European Studies Center.

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

Documentary Screening/Discussion: "The Abominable Crime"

November 10, 2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
With Maurice Tomlinson

Maurice Tomlinson will host a Q&A/film screening of The Abominable Crime, which will begin at 8pm in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. The film explores the culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives after their sexual orientations are exposed. Discussion after the film. 

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"

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