Our annual community meeting is to discuss the future directions of GCWS courses, faculty events, community events, and more. This meeting is open to current, incoming, and former board members, WGS program directors and chairs, WGS faculty, and current and former GCWS teaching teams.
This roundtable features a conversation about the genealogies and futures of black queer and trans studies across geographic and disciplinary borders, conversations that can help us take stock of the contradictory and complicated cultural moment we are in.
In her 1988 book A Burst of Light, Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” The concept of self-care, which arose through the activist practices specifically of marginalized groups, has been increasingly adopted and discussed by health care settings, non-profit organizations, commercial and marketing enterprises, and psychological approaches.
Can feminist praxis embrace an inherently anti-disciplinary vulnerability and refuse strictly bound notions, labels, frameworks, fields, or genres – including those assumed by invocations of ‘feminisms,’ ‘ethnography,’ or ‘research? Can notions such as solidarity and responsibility, trust and hope, vulnerability and reflexivity serve a useful purpose in ethically navigating the forms of epistemic violence in which metropolitan academics are, and will always remain, complicit?
With "The time of the border” we mean to invoke, of course, the terrible urgency of our current moment: the distinct but also overlapping historical, geographical, and other contexts that bear on the displacements of our time; border-crossings that claim our attention and others that remain invisible; conceptual frameworks that have meaningful explanatory power, but also do harm.
Roundtable discussion about Undoing Empire: Form, Function, Feminism
Roundtable discussion about Women of Color Feminisms in Authoritarian Times
This panel engages artistic practitioners who utilize their own bodies in their work. Three multi-media/performance artists will discuss the geographic parameters of their creative productions, the promise and perils of using their bodies as art, and the future of visual culture.
In the late 1960s, the statement “the personal is political” emerged as a central rallying cry for feminist activists. While salient before, it has become all the more urgent in light of the 2016 United States election results. Given this, our conference seeks to investigate how this slogan has been, can be, or is now being mobilized as a concept for resistance by marginalized groups theoretically, analytically, and practically.
This roundtable hosts scholars and activists who intervene in the racialized, gendered, and queer aspects of our thoroughly mediated worlds, perspectives, subjectivities, and selves. These participants write and reflect critically on media forms, working within and across multiple modalities, ranging from the conventional to the digital and the emergent.
This two-day teach-in will consider a range of issues related to the Sacred Stone Camp protests and protections in solidarity with the Standing Rock Souix against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
This roundtable brings together queer and feminist scholars of race, diaspora, performance, and religion to reflect on the gendered and sexualized dimensions of contemporary crises within racial capitalism, such as: masculinity and the militarization of policing; gender, race, and incarceration; the gendered criminalization of immigrant and diasporic religions; and queer responses to policing and the “war on terror.”
This roundtable considers the totality of the carceral state, from the vantage point of black women’s histories, testimonies, experiences and creative works. Three interdisciplinary scholars will gather to ponder all of the mechanisms of the prison system, from its long historical trajectory to literary and visual representations.
Public Talks by GCWS Dissertation Workshop Participants: Women's and Gender Studies Dissertation Works in Progress
Join the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies participants on the first Wednesday in May as the workshop students formally present their dissertation works in progress.
The near-ubiquitous use of use of social media (and particularly networked and mobile communications technology in one form or another) by students and faculty invites questions about how these tools might be used in the classroom to facilitate dialogue and to foster collaborations between students and even across institutions. FemTechNet, a group of feminist academic scholars and teachers located within and beyond academe, has proposed a DOCC (Distributed Online Collaborative Course) model of pedagogy that enables instructors engaged in feminist pedagogy to connect with each other and use technology to bring students and faculty from many different locations into shared dialogue.
Join us to celebrate recently published works on topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The event will feature over 30 books published since 2013. The evening will include a book table where you can peruse copies of the featured works and very short book talks by our featured authors.
The graduate students from nine universities of the Boston-area Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies present an interdisciplinary graduate student symposium entitled "Power and (In)Visibility," to be held at MIT on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Bringing together three interdisciplinary and leading edge scholars, this roundtable aims to promote a dialogue on the intimacies of sexuality and the complexities of governance. Historical and ongoing questions of how sexualities are governed in a variety of cultural contexts, the ways in which regulating sexuality impacts state institutions and governance practices, and the constitutive effects of gender, race, colonialism, nationalism will guide the discussions. Participants will inflect these discussions with critical insights from Anglophone literature in the Caribbean, constitutional law in the United States, and questions of radical resistance to U.S. imperialism.
Loretta J. Ross was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012, a network founded in 1997 of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Ms. Ross is an expert on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights, and violence against women. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this affects social change and service delivery in all movements.
Feminist concerns multiply, as gender and sexuality continue to be ever more significant sites of power and privilege across the academic disciplines and in different social spheres. This inaugural roundtable features interdisciplinary scholars discussing the current stakes of feminist intellectual production and critique: from feminist critiques of racialized sexualities to feminist reinventions of family, from the politics of visibility to the persistent critiques of identity, inclusion, and normative individualism.