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Women's Studies Changing to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

In May 2012, the Women's Studies Program anticipates a change in our name to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  The name of our major and minor changed effective May 2011. The change reflects contemporary perspectives on gender and sexuality studies while retaining the historical significance of Women's Studies in our course offerings and general approach.  Our programmatic and curricular foci are currently evolving to include these exciting new developments.   Please note: There has been no change in the major and minor requirements as a result of the program's name change.  If you have any questions about the name change, please contact Kate Hurley-Dizigan (kate.hurley@uconn.edu).


Spring 2012 Events

Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Disability Studies Workshop

March 2nd & 3rd, 2012
UConn - Storrs Campus

This workshop is by invitation only. Please contact Michael Gill (michael.gill@uconn.edu) or Cathy Schlund-Vials (cathy.schlund-vials@uconn.edu) if you have any questions.

This event funded through a grant from the UConn Human Rights Institute.


"Half the Sky" is Only Half the Picture

Dr. Masum Momaya, Ed.D.
International Women's Rights Activist

Thursday, March 29, 2012
3:30 PM
Classroom Building, Room 205
(across the pedestrian way from the Babbidge Library)


Intersections of Interdisciplinarity

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Student Union Room 304
University of Connecticut - Storrs Campus

This is an interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and Asian American, African American, and Puerto Rican and Latino/a Studies Institutes.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences through a grant from the Dean's Fund for Innovation in Interdisciplinary Studies and the UConn Humanities Institute.

  • Event flyer (.pdf)
  • Registration form (.doc) - the registration deadline has been extended to Noon on Monday, March 26 - please return the registration form to wsinfo@uconn.edu.

A website for this event is currently in development - once it is finished, a link to it will be posted here so that participants can view the schedule for the day, readings, and other applicable materials.


The Women's Studies Program and the Human Rights Institute present a film screening and panel discussion.

Getting Out: A Film Screening

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Location: The Rainbow Center
University of Connecticut - Storrs Campus

The film screening is free and open to the public. It will take place as part of the Transnational Sexualities Faculty Workshop, Bodies in Motion, States of Unrest: Sexuality, Citizenship, and the Freedom of Movement as a Human Right.

The workshop is sponsored by: the Women’s Studies Program, the Human Rights Institute, the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, the Fund for Innovation in Interdisciplinary Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Studies, and the University of Connecticut Research Foundation.


Bodies in Motion, States of Unrest: Sexuality, Citizenship, and the Freedom of Movement as a Human Right

Friday, April 20, 2012
Location: TBA
University of Connecticut - Storrs Campus

This workshop is free and open to the public. The goal of the workshop is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to share and discuss current research on transnational sexualities and human rights.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences through a grant from the Dean's Fund for Innovation in Interdisciplinary Studies, the UConn Human Rights Institute, and the UConn Research Foundation.

Please contact Dr. Rachel Lewis for more information, rachel.a.lewis@uconn.edu.


Spotlights on Faculty: Spring 2012

Contextualizing Exploitation (.pdf)
Dr. Hallie Liberto
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Monday, February 20, 2012
12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM

Engendering the Movement for Democracy in Iran (.pdf)
Ms. Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh
Scholar, Human Rights and Women's Studies
Monday, March 26, 2012
12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM

Facts, Fictions, and the Biopolitics of Development (.pdf)
Dr. Christine Sylvester
Professor, Women's Studies and Political Science
Monday, April 16, 2012
12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM

All events will take place in the Women's Studies Conference Room, Beach Hall 425.

Combined flyer (.pdf)


Women's Studies Program Distinguished Speaker Series

~ CANCELLED due to inclement weather in Dr. Pham's location - we hope to reschedule for Fall 2012

Behind the Seams of Paul Poiret’s Harem Trousers (1911): Race, Fashion, and Virtuality in the Machine Age
Dr. Minh-Ha Pham
Assistant Professor in the History of Art & Visual Studies Department and the Asian American Studies Program
Cornell University

Thursday January 26, 2012
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Benton Museum

Focussing on legendary French fashion designer Paul Poiret and the role of his Orientalist fashions in shaping the Mechanical Age, Dr. Pham argues Poiret’s Orientalism is evocative of a history of race and virtuality that has been overlooked in cultural studies of Orientalism, as well as the histories of technology.

This talk is presented by the Women's Studies Program and the Asian American Studies Intitute.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, the Department of History, the Humanities Institute, and the Asian American Cultural Center.

Flyer: (.pdf)
More details: (.pdf)

This talk is sponsored by the Institute for Asian American Studies and the Women's Studies Program



Fall 2011 events:

Please check back for more information on all of these and other events

 

Women's Studies Program Distinguished Speaker Series

Feminist and Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies: Convergences and Dissonances
Dr. Sandra Harding
Professor, Social Sciences and Comarative Education
University of California - Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, UConn - Storrs

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the lecture in the Dodd Center Lobby.

For more information about this event, click here (.pdf).


Spotlights on Faculty: Fall 2011

The Ruling Relations of Heathcare for Native American Women (.pdf)
Dr. Barbara Gurr
Assistant Professor in Residence, Women's Studies
Monday, September 19, 2011
12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM

Bordering on Desire: The Cultural Politics of Lesbian Asylum (.pdf)
Dr. Rachel Lewis
Postdoctoral Fellow, Women's Studies
Monday, October 17, 2011
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Homonormals, Homonationals & Healthy Children: Prop 8 and the 'Importance of Being Ordinary' (.pdf)
Dr. Judy Rohrer
Assistant Professor in Residence, Women's Studies
Monday, November 7, 2011
12:00 Nooon - 1:30 PM

All events will take place in the Women's Studies Conference Room, Beach Hall 425.

Combined flyer available here (.pdf)


The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East
Dr. Marcia Inhorn
Professor,Anthropology and International Affairs
Yale University

Monday, October 17, 2011
7:00 - 9:00pm
CB 201 (new Classroom Building next to the Student Union)

This talk is sponsored by the UConn Medical Anthropology Forum, the Women's Studies Program, and teh Middle East Studies Program

For more information about this event, click here (.pdf).


The Trouble with Faith: Rethinking Islam And Intersectionality In Europe
Dr. Beverly Weber
Assistant Professor, German Studies & Affiliate Faculty, Women's Studies
University of Colorado - Boulder

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
7:00 pm

Music & Dramatic Arts Library, Room L 201 E

This talk is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, Department of Literatures, Languages and Culture – German Program, and the Women’s Studies Program.

For more information about this event, click here (.pdf).


Poetry & Music with Joy Harjo!

Thursday October 20, 2011
5:00-7:00 PM
Student Union Ballroom

Join us for an evening with poet and musician Joy Harjo! She will be reading selections of her poetry, which include titles She Had Some Horses and the American Book Award-winning In Mad Love And War. She will also be serenading us with tunes on her saxophone!

This event is sponsored by Department of English, Libraries Diversity Advisory Team, Native American Cultural Center, Department of Literatures, Cultures, & Languages, School of Fine Arts, Women's Studies Program, Creative Writing Program, Aetna Chair in Writing and the UConn Co-Op.

For more information about this event, click here (.pdf).


WS Events at UConn-Stamford

Our sister program at the UConn-Stamford campus has a very active events schedule this fall.
Please visit their events website, http://stamford.uconn.edu/ws_events.html for more details.


Spring 2012 Study Abroad Information

Are you interested in the Spring 2012 Study Abroad in Capte Town, South African program and want to find out more?

Please attend the Cape Town Symposium presented by this year’s participates:
Thursday, September 15, 2011
5:00-­‐7:00 pm
Classroom Building 101

For more information about this event, click here (.pdf)

Marita McComiskey will be serving as the faculty advisor to the Study Abroad students going to South Africa in Spring 2012 - if you have any questions, please contact her at marita.mccomiskey@uconn.edu.

Looking for infomration on Study Abroad itself?
Please click on the link below for more information on the Study Abroad Program!
(Click here for Study Abroad website)