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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Why You Should Submit a Paper to ECS!

Have you written a paper that engages topics related to gender, women's issues, and/or feminist theories? Submit it to ECS! Last year, close to 60 Villanova undergraduate and graduate students presented their research at the Elizabeth Cady Stanton student research conference. Below are some of their comments on the experience and why they encourage YOU to be involved in the conference!
"The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference gave me the incredible opportunity to observe and engage in discussions about a variety of Gender and Women Studies topics and issues. Experiencing this during my freshman year at Villanova will continue to shape my academic inquiry and my perspective on issues in and far beyond the field of Gender and Women Studies."
-Tatum Murray (2016), presented, "Judith: Strong, Invincible, Woman"

"The ECS conference gave me the chance to network and dialogue with my peers about something that affects all of humanity each day of our lives. Gender--and what it means to be male and female-- comes up in every facet of life from literature to sports, and it is so important that we take the time to come together to discuss it! This conference gives the opportunity for that, as well as the opportunity to ask critical questions about society in both a historical and modern context."
-Jessica Flynn (2015), presented, "To Be or Not to Be (Official): A Question of Commitment and Labeling in College Dating Practices"
We hope that you will join your fellow peers in this amazing experience and submit a paper to ECS!  To find out more information and see official submission guidelines, click here. Paper submissions are due on February 14, 2014. Students are expected to present their papers at the conference on April 4, 2014. Presenting at the conference counts as an excused absence from classes. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Welcome Back Lunch and Faculty Talk

GWS invites you to help us kick off the new spring semester with a "Welcome Back" lunch and faculty talk. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 29th at 12:00 p.m. in the Radnor St. David's Room. Travis Foster will be giving his presentation, "Darwin, Jewett, Freud, and the Ecology of Queer Life."

Travis Foster is Assistant Professor of English at Villanova University, where he specializes in pre-1900 American Literature. He is finishing a manuscript on literary culture and affective belonging in the wake of the Civil War, a piece of which is forthcoming in American Literary History. His articles have also appeared in American Literature, ESQ, and the Edith Wharton Review, and his chapter on nineteenth-century queer texts is forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian American Literature.

His talk for GWS comes from a new project on literature, botany, and the conceptualization of sexuality before sexology.