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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Theatre of the Oppressed Class: "Hey, Mom and Dad...I'm straight"

Today, Tuesday December 2 at 6:30 PM in Garey Hall, Room 29A an undergraduate Theatre of the Oppressed Class will be performing an interactive theatre experience called "Hey, Mom and Dad...I'm straight." This piece will tackle issues of heterosexual privilege on campus today. 

Please come out to support this great event!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GWS Goes to the Theater

On Thursday, November 13, GWS Graduate Assistant Jess Otterbine organized a group of GWS students and attended Villanova Theatre’s production of Charles Mee’s Big Love. The play focuses on gender issues, as fifty sisters flee forced marriages with their fifty male cousins. The production explored relations between men and women, sexuality, marriage, among other gender-related topics.

The play is based on a Greek play called the Suppliant Women by Aeschylus and was directed by Professor Harriet Powers.  Read a glowing review of the production on Stage Magazine here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice 28-30 May 2015, Bloomington, IN, United States

International Conference on
Gender and Education
Critical Issues, Policy and Practice

28-30 May 2015, Bloomington, IN, United States

Organising Institutions:
Gender Studies Platform, London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS)
School of Education, Indiana University-Bloomington
Centre for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN), Michigan State University
Department of Law, Gediz University


Call for Proposals
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Wednesday, 10th December 2014
The International Conference on Gender and Education aims to engage researchers, academics and policy makers in discussions and debates concerning the interplay between gender related issues and educational dynamics. This conference will explore the consequences and reflections of hierarchical structures in organizational settings, societal resistance involving gender issues, the politics of gender inequality, and gender dimensions of laws and gendered aspects of cultural norms and values that intersect with education.
Topics of interest include: 

  • Gender and hierarchy
  • Gender parity
  • Policies and gender inequalities
  • Cultural impacts and gender
  • Gender discourses
  • Gender, education and schooling
  • Gender and mobility
  • Education and the law
  • Ideal society
  • History of gender and education

The conference is organised by the London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) in collaboration with the School of Education - Indiana University-Bloomington, Centre for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN) - Michigan State University and Department of Law - Gediz University.

Abstracts of up to 500 words are invited for submission with successful abstracts being invited for presentation at the conference. Authors of selected presentations will then be invited for contributions in future publications.

Please click here to submit a proposal

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Patricia Kubow - Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education & Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR)
Prof. Peter L. McLaren - Chapman University, College of Educational Studies
Prof. Margaret Crocco - Michigan State University,  Department of Teacher Education
Prof. Nadje Al-Ali - The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Centre for Gender Studies
Assist. Prof. Kathryn Engebretson -  Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education
Prof. Cigdem Balim Harding - Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Dates: 28-30 May 2015
Venue: Indiana University - Bloomington, IN, United States
For further information: www.socialstudies.org.uk

10 December 2014  : Abstracts submission deadline (Up to 500 words)
15 January 2015      : Paper notification
27 February 2015    : Earlybird registration deadline
27 March 2015        : Final registration deadline
28-30 May 2015      : Conference

Please click on this link to download the conference flyer.

GWS Co-Sponsored Event: Jonathan Katz

GWS is co-sponsoring an event Tuesday, November 18 at 5 PM. This talk will be given by Jonathan Katz and is titled, "How Not to See Sexuality in Art: A Primer."

Dr. Jonathan Katz is a pioneering academic and gay activist who works at the intersection of art history and queer history. He founded the Queer Caucus for Art of the College Art Association and the Harvey Milk Institute, and has served as the executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University. At present, Jonathan Katz directs the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

As a specialist in Cold War-era art, Katz is concerned with the question of why the American avant-garde came to be dominated and defined by queer artists (Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, among others) during what was perhaps the single most homophobic decade in this nation’s history. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has a forthcoming book on The Homosexualization of American Art.  In 1995, he was actually kicked out of a conference on Rauschenberg at the Guggenheim for mentioning the artist’s relationship with Johns. 

Katz's recent work includes co-curating, with David C. Ward and Jenn Sichel, the exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Art,” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition was the first major museum exploration of the impact of same-sex desire and identity in the creation of modern American portraiture.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GWS Alum Published Essay

GWS alum Francesca Montalvo was recently published on Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal with her essay entitled “Protecting Fashion: A Comparative Analysis of Fashion Design Copyright Protection in the U.S. and Europe.” Check out the essay here!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

GWS Co-Sponsored Event: The Clothesline Project

GWS is co-sponsoring an event on Monday, November 17 at 4:30 PM. Susan Rose will be discussing the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women  affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.

Susan D. Rose, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and Director, Community Studies Center. PhD., Cornell University (1984). Professor Rose specializes in the sociology of religion, immigration, family, violence, and race, class, gender studies. She uses a comparative (cross-cultural and historical) approach to the study of family, religion, education, and violence. She has conducted fieldwork in the United States, Guatemala, the Philippines, and South Korea on evangelical movements, education, and gender that has resulted in a number of articles and books. These include: Challenging Global Gender Violence: The Global Clothesline Project (Palgrave, 2013); Exporting the American Gospel: Global Christian Fundamentalism (Routledge, 1998) and Keeping Them Out of the Hands of Satan: Christian Schooling in America (Routledge, 1986). Her recent work explores sexuality and sexuality education in Denmark and the United States, the impact of the Religious Right on social policy in the United States, and immigration studies.

Please come out to this amazing event!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GWS Faculty Member Judy Giesberg Distinguished Lecture Series

GWS faculty member Judy Giesberg will be heading the 2014 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series entitled “Know(ing) It When You See It: Pornography and Sexual Culture in the Civil War North” November 6th-8th at Penn State University.

The series is described as: “From 1842 to 1873, American lawmakers passed a series of measures intended to protect youth from the ill effects of pornography, initially in response to similar measures being taken in France and Great Britain.  But the unique circumstances of the U.S. Civil War determined that Americans would have a different experience with pornography and anti-pornography than their European counterparts. With easy and expanding access to photographic technologies, accelerated delivery of the mails, and new customs laws that restricted the importation of obscene materials, the U.S. Civil War made possible the triumph of a thriving trade in domestic pornography—and let loose a spirited morality campaign to stamp it out, culminating in the passing of Comstock Laws.  This lecture series will explore the trade in pornography that came into its own in the Civil War era and the strong reaction it elicited.”

The list of talks is:

·         Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm, NLI Boardroom: “Lewd, Wicked, Scandalous:” American Pornography Comes of Age

·         Friday, November 7 at 7 pm, NLI Assembly Room: “Storming the Enemy’s Entrenchments:” Civil War Courts Martial and the Sexual Culture of the U.S. Army Camp

·         Saturday, November 8 at 4 pm, NLI Boardroom: “Time to Kill:” Anthony Comstock and the Obscenity of War

***Admission is free and open to the public***

The GWS Department congratulates Professor Giesberg on this amazing honor!