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WSGS 201 – Contemporary Issues in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies: MIGRATION THROUGH GENDER AND CULTURE

(3 credit hours)

Loyola University Chicago, LSC, Summer 2015

Meetings: M/Tu/W – 1:10-3:30pm, Room: Mund 403

Instructor: Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Ph.D., clombardidiop@luc.edu

The course examines the cultural expressions available for women as they migrate in developed countries, with particular focus on Europe and the US. It highlights how the diaspora global movement produces material and cultural changes that ultimately affect gender relations and diaspora communities at large. The course opens with a general understanding of global migrations and an overview of the economic, political, and social challenges affecting migrant women, their motherhood practices and their changing status in migration. The course then moves to consider the cultural opportunities, from literacy to written and visual expression, available to migrant women to acquire visibility, prestige, and cultural agency as individuals and members of their communities. In the final part of the course students will examine literary works and real-life stories in order to analyze how literary and artistic expression can play a fundamental role for women in diaspora.

(Course satisfies CORE (Societal and Cultural Tier 2) and WSGS Major and Minor requirements)


 CJC 373: Intimate Partner Violence

(3 credit hours)

Loyola University Chicago, LSC, Summer 2015

Meetings: Online (2nd Session, 6/29-8/7)

Instructor: Loretta Stalans

This course will address the nature and scope of intimate partner violence, the factors that contribute to it as well as the theories that have been developed to explain it. Attention will be paid to society’s responses to intimate partner violence. Outcomes:  Students will be able to describe the theory, extent, nature, and impact of intimate partner violence, and how the community and criminal justice system respond to this problem.


PSYC 238: Gender & Sex Differences & Similarities

(3 credit hours)

Loyola University Chicago, LSC, Summer 2015

Meetings: In Person (1st Session, 5/18-6/26, TuWeTh 10:25-12:05, Dumbach 235)

Instructor: Kala Melchiori

In this course, we will engage psychological research and theory to examine the influence of gender on the lives of men and women.  In general, emphasis will be placed on understanding gender as a social psychological construct. We will use readings, lectures, and classroom exercises to explore the psychological and behavioral differences and similarities between men and women and the origins of gender differences. We will primarily focus on how gender and sexism affects the lives of women and men in work, relationships, academics, and development.




Remembering Selma: The Unfinished Journey

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30-9:00 PM

Mundelein Auditorium, LSC

Adreinne Y. Bailey, PhD

Nationally and internationally recognized for her passionate advocacy of education equity for disenfranchised youth, Adrienne will reflect on how the Freedom March transformed her life and has shaped her leadership in breaking the links between race, poverty and educational outcomes. See attached flyer for more information.



An Evening with Jackie Taylor-With Liberty and Justice for All

Thursday, March 26, 7:00-8:30 PM

The Den, Damen Student Center, LSC

(Jackie was the 2013 CAS Damen Founders’ Award Winner for CAS and the founder of the Black Ensemble Theater). The Black Ensemble Theater was founded by Loyola alumna, Jackie Taylor, in order to eradicate racism and its damaging effects through theater arts. On March 26, Jackie and members of the Black Ensemble Theater will present an evening of musical dialogue focusing on  essential qualities of democracy-freedom and justice. See attached flyer for more information.



Relay for Life, Colleges Against Cancer at Loyola University Chicago

Friday, March 27, 2015 6:00 pm - 6:00 am

This 12 hour event is open to students, faculty and the local community to fundraise alongside the American Cancer Society. This time is to celebrate those who have fought cancer and won, to remember those who have lost, and to support those still facing the disease. Because cancer doesn't sleep, neither will we! Whether you want to join the organization to help plan other events throughout the year, learn how to sign up for Relay, or if you've been affected by cancer in some way, Colleges Against Cancer Loyola are here for you. Visit RelayForLife.org/LoyolaIL to sign up and start fundraising now or email Justine Minas at jminas@luc.edu for more information.


 LUC Presents: A Talk by Elijah Anderson

Tuesday, April 7, 4:15 - 6:15 pm

Information Commons, 4th Floor, LSC

Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. He has published extensively on the urban environment and is known for his richly detailed, ethnographic accounts of life in disadvantaged communities. His award winning publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999); Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), A Place on the Corner (1978; 2nd ed., 2003) and most recently, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life. This event is free and open to the public.  There will be a reception with light refreshments. Contact Dr. Deborah Baskin at dbaskin@luc.edu for more information. Parking is available on the Lake Shore Campus at the Main Parking Structure (1110 W Sheridan Road) or Fordham Garage (6455 N. Sheridan Road) and the rate is $7. See attached for more information.


Film Screening: REACT to FILM, Matt Shepherd is a Friend of Mine

Wednesday, April 8, 8 PM

Cudahy library, Room 318.

Promptly after the screening will be a guided discussion led by a panel to talk about the film and ways we can take action. For more information, contact mbrekke@luc.edu


Qmunity! An LGBTQIA College Summit

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Damen Student Center | Lake Shore Campus

Join us for a mini-conference on LGBTQIA topics, including workshops, speakers, activities, and community galore. See Call for Proposals below to be a part of this awesome event!





Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, A Women’s History Month Event

Thursday, March 26, 7PM

Evanston Historic Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL

Building from her recently published book, Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, author Susan Ferentinos will discuss the ways historians approach the study of same-sex relationships; the challenges to uncovering this past; and the efforts of museums, historic sites, and community groups to preserve this history and present it to the wider public. This event is designed not only for those connected to a museum or site, but for anyone who is concerned with issues of inclusion and diversity in our interpretation of the past. Cost is $10. See attached flyer for more information.


Will You Stand Up?

March 29-30, 7:30 PM

Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3rd Floor, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago IL

Whether victim, perpetrator or witness, acts of violence leave no one unharmed. Witness five men and women find their voices, confront their pasts, and challenge their communities to action in this visceral production about the various effects of violence on mental health.

Will You Stand Up? made its world premiere at Vittum Theatre in December 2011 before being re-staged at Center on Halsted in November 2012. This version of Will You Stand Up? is directed by ETD Founder/Artistic Director Brighid O’Shaughnessy and features ETD company membersBrenda Barrie and Craig C. Thompson. The show explores different types of violence and is a call for audience members to stand up against violence of all types. Click here for more information.


 Body Doubles

October 25, 2014 - April 19 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Body Doubles raises complex questions about the relationship between the body and identity, and explores the myriad ways that artists have used the body to challenge boundaries—between the individual and society, male and female, interior and exterior, normal and transgressive. As the plurality of the exhibition’s title suggests, Body Doubles recognizes that the body is not fixed but rather in a perpetual state of flux and transformation. The exhibition explores two parallel ideas: first, that multiple bodies can perform one identity (akin to the role of the “body double” in cinema); and second, that multiple identities can exist within one body. Click here for full exhibit details.







 Who’s Afraid of Feminism?: Current Debates, Challenges, and Activisms

Thursday, March 26 - Friday, March 27, 2015

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program Steering Committee of Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois, invites proposals for its biennial conference.

This two-day conference begins the evening of Thursday, March 26 with a keynote address by noted media critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian. The conference continues on March 27 with presentations of scholarly and creative work by feminist activists, writers, scientists, visual and performing artists, and scholars that examines the ongoing challenges confronting feminism and the Women’s and Gender Studies discipline, as well as emerging opportunities for feminist activism. The Committee seeks proposals for panel presentations—consisting of research papers, readings, performances, or media presentations—as well as roundtable discussions and poster sessions focused on topics related to the overall conference theme. 


Study Abroad: Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe (WGSE) program

Antioch University, Antioch Education Abroad

A significant aim of the WGSE program is to explore Europe in its diversity and cross-culturally. With this goal in mind, the program takes students to several differently situated European nations while underscoring experiences of women and sexual, ethnic, and religious minorities in these respective national communities. These topics are addressed both through scholarly inquiry and situated empirical experience throughout the semester, framed through our discussions of post-colonial, feminist, and queer theories. For additional details regarding the program curriculum, itinerary, and leadership visit http://www.antioch.edu/aea2/programs/womens-gender-studies/. This program is offered each Fall semester. Application Deadline: March 30.


Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society SPECIAL ISSUE: “Pleasure and Danger:  Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century”

Slated for publication in the Autumn 2016 issue.

For this special issue, we invite transdisciplinary and transnational submissions that address questions and debates provoked by the “pleasure and danger” couplet.  Submissions may engage with the historical (how different is our moment from that formative “sex wars” era? have the sex wars moved to new terrain such as trafficking and slut-shaming?); the representational (how does the digital era transform our sexual lives? what does “livestreaming” sexual assault do to/for feminist organizing? what possibilities are there for feminist and queer imagery in an era of prolific porn, commodified otherness, and everyday inclusion?); the structural (how do race, ethnicity, religion, and national cultures enable and constrain sexual freedoms? how do carceral and governance feminisms frame and perhaps contain earlier liberatory impulses?); and/or the intersectional (how do we analyze the mutually constituting relations of sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, ability, age, and so on?). There are local and global questions to be asked and strategic arguments to be resolved.  And the very terms are themselves constantly debated (whose pleasure are we speaking of and for?  who is the “we” doing that speaking? who is imagined to be “in danger?” how does “gender” signify differently in that couplet from “sexuality?”). The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2015. Manuscripts may be submitted electronically through Signs Editorial Manager system at http://signs.edmgr.com. Please choose the article type “Pleasure and Danger - Special Issue Article.” Guidelines for submission are available at [http://]http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/Signs/instruct.html. This call is available online at http://signsjournal.org/for-authors/calls-for-papers/ or for download as a PDF at http://signsjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Signs-CFP-Pleasure-and-Danger.pdf.


2015 Queer Studies Conference: Navigating Normativities, Queering Institutions and Challenging Inequalities

University of North Carolina Asheville

April 2-4, 2015

The UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, a biennial event established in 1998, attracts an international audience of activists, academics, and artists who showcase a range of creative and scholarly pursuits related to the investigation of genders and sexualities. All GLBTQ-related proposals will be considered. We invite a diverse representation of approaches and participants, including faculty, staff, graduate students, community members and undergraduate students.  All formats will be considered, including paper presentations (15 minutes), panels (60 to 75 minutes), workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, and performances. Paper presentations will be organized into groups of 3 to 4. For more information visit:  https://wgss.unca.edu/queer-studies-conference. In addition, there is a special call for papers, presentations or performances on the theme of Black Mountain College. Inquiries and submissions for this special theme should be sent to Dr. Brian Butler, bbutler@unca.edu.


Qmunity! An LGBTQIA College Summit

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Damen Student Center | Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus

Join us for a one-day summit on a variety of topics related to gender and sexuality, which will include workshops, entertainment, speakers, activities, and community galore. We seek proposals that speak to a theme or perspective that can be understood across disciplines. We seek topics that speak to your own experiences and other stories that need telling. These workshops can be lecture-style, discussion-based, hands-on, activities, performances, and in any other form that you can imagine. We are planning this with the goal to reach people that have not attended conferences before. We seek to support first-time presenters and believe we all have a story to tell and knowledge to share. Submissions will be open from Feb 1 - March 1 via OrgSync -- https://orgsync.com/72155/forms/132391. For more information, view the attached PDF or contact Eliot at ecolin@luc.edu.


8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate School Students: Methodological Explorations

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Life Sciences Building, LSC

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) will host its 8th Annual Research Symposium as a forum for Loyola Graduate School students to present their scholarly work. The goal of the symposium is to provide graduate students an opportunity to share their research while engaging with those from other disciplines. The symposium provides participants with an appreciation for the broad diversity of scholarly research that Loyola Graduate School students have accomplished. Deadline for submissions: February 27, 5:00 pm. 


THINKING GENDER 2015: 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference

April 23-24, 2015

UCLA Covell Commons

Call for presentations:” Power, Contested Knowledge, and Feminist Practices.” How have feminist approaches altered the existing understanding of scientific knowledge and practices? Celebrating the 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Thinking Gender 2015 invites submissions for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and posters on topics that focus on the participation and/or contribution of marginalized individuals or groups who have been historically excluded from knowledge production. We welcome papers and posters—across all disciplines and historical periods—that engage with the concept of the body as a contested site intersecting with gender, race, sexuality, and identity and how it is related to certain agencies in particular contexts.


Queer Latinidades: Toward a Politics of Possibility

May 22, 2015

Northwestern University, Evanston IL

The Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University invites graduate student submissions with innovative approaches to the study of queer latinidad that adhere loosely to the conference theme:In Cruising Utopia (2009), José Esteban Muñoz exhorts us to look toward the future to envision an imaginative and creative politics, one that addresses the difficult task of visualizing change. For Muñoz, the critical pre-condition for that change was hope—“a backward glance that enacts a future vision” (4). Recent queer Latina/o scholarship has similarly interrogated the present of queer latinidad through a full panoply of visionary political projects, disciplinary methodologies, and critical pedagogies. Queer Latina/o scholars today are keenly scrutinizing and theorizing the political reach of coalitions, utopias and futurities; performance and the gestural; the historical record, the archive, and the repertoire; critical pedagogies of hope, as well as affect. The Queer Latinidades symposium interrogates the present state of queer latinidad as methodology, as discipline, and as politics, while stimulating a critical conversation about our visions for the future. See attached flyer for more information. Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2015.


Consuming/Culture: Women and Girls in Print and Pixels Conference

Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June 6, 2015

Oxford Brookes University, UK

This conference follows on from those held at Kingston (2012) and Cornell (2013), themed around women and magazines. We have selected a theme that will allow for a wide range of papers and we encourage submissions from scholars at all stages of their careers. We especially welcome proposals that incorporate the following themes: food, advertising, digital platforms/presentations, celebrities, sport marketing, memoirs, fashion, internationalization, and all forms of identity/representational politics. The organizers encourage collaborative efforts, in both individual paper and panel submissions.Submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to consuming.culture.conference@gmail.com by 1 October 2014. For more information visit http://openbrookes.net/consumingculture/


Feminist Camp

June 7 - 12, 2015


Registration deadline: April 15. Feminist Camp is a transformative week of feminism in action designed to expand and connect feminist networks.

Feminist Camp is different every time and takes place all over NYC. Here's a small sampling of some places and people we’ve met with in the past: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, Babeland, Bluestockings, BUST Magazine, Choices in Childbirth, Choices Medical Clinic, Journalist Lynn Povich, The Doula Project, Girls for Gender Equity, Gloria Steinem, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, The Feminist Press, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Coalition, The Museum of Sex, National Advocates For Pregnant Women, Shelby Knox, Rabbis for Human Rights, REVEAL Conference, The Sackler Center for Feminist Art, The Sex Workers Project, the Third Wave Foundation, The Women’s Media Center, and The Daily Muse. Registration is limited so register today!


Women’s and Gender Historians of the Midwest Conference: Philanthropy as Activism: Relationships & Power

Thursday, June 11 and Friday June 12, 2015

hotelVetro, Iowa City, USA

WGHOM invites proposals for panels, round table discussions, poster sessions and individual papers that explore the various paths women take, whether through activism or philanthropy, to accomplish social reform or care. The deadline for submission of proposals, consisting of an abstract (500 words or less) and one-page résumé/c.v. is Monday, Feb 2, 2015.  For full panels or roundtables, please have one contact person submit the materials for the group. Send proposals with subject “WGHOM conference proposal” via email to the Program Committee in care of Carmen Hernandez (hernandc@nicc.edu). The Program Committee will give notification of submission status by February 27, 2015.


Removing the Mask, Lifting the Veil: Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century Conference

August 21-23, 2015

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago IL

In preparing to convene our 2015 meeting in Chicago, we invite scholars, scholar-activists and practitioners to examine the issues of race, gender, and class in the first decade and a half of 21st century to locate avenues to continue the progressive work they have begun, by investigating fractures in building a culture free of “isms.”  As scholars in pursuit of a just society, what we offer at this time of historical change may alter the most pressing problems carried across centuries.  For more information, visit www.sssp1.org.


Regulating Intimacy: A Research Symposium: “Intimate Labors and the Labors of Intimacy”

September 26, 2015

Indiana University, Bloomington


Paper submission deadline: May 8, 2015. Regulating Intimacy is an interdisciplinary research symposium held annually at Indiana University. Weseek to bring together scholars and professionals at all levels from a wide variety of (inter)disciplines, including women’s and gender studies, law, education, public health and biology, to discuss the institutional forces-- legislation, policy, religion, and scientific authority, and many more-- and the gendered, raced, classed, and dis/abled sociocultural norms that define and regulate human relationships. The theme of the 2015 Regulating Intimacy Research Symposium is “Intimate Labors and the Labors of Intimacy.” Both labor and intimacy are broadly understood to include traditional notions of workplace, markets, and the labor force as well as emotional labor, caregiving, relationship building, and networks. How is work intimate? Which jobs/occupation/labors are or can be considered “intimate”? Should intimacy and labor be intertwined? What labor goes into creating and sustaining intimacy? How do work spaces generate or inhibit intimacy? Regulating Intimacy will explore the cultural, technological, and historical legacies, significances, and implications of laboring alone or together, on small and grand scales, and across time and space. Now accepting proposals for both full panels and individual papers. Full panel proposals should include panel rationales of 300 words, and up to four paper abstracts of 250 words each. Individual proposal should include abstracts of 250 words. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please see the Regulating Intimacy website atregulatingintimacy.wordpress.com.


2015 National Women’s Studies Association: Undergraduate Student Caucus

Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15, 2015

Milwaukee, WI

The Undergraduate Student Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association invites

abstracts for a sponsored session at the 2015 NWSA meeting (Annual Theme: Precarity

Subtheme: Institutions/Containment). In the wake of the events such as Ferguson, Missouri, as well as a growing frustration with campus policies on sexual assault, there has been an eruption of community protests and public dialogues on topics such as racial justice, gender violence, state violence, and inclusivity. Many college students—coming to understand the role they play in these struggles—have had to negotiate their identities as both students and activists as they participate. 


2015 National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: PRECARITY

November 12-15, 2015

Milwaukee, WI

As a concept, precarity draws attention to the lived conditions, structured nature, and relational aspects of systemic inequality. Focusing on diverse forms of violence, inequality, and harm pervading contemporary life, precarity names a “politically induced condition in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks of support and become differentially exposed to injury, violence, and death” (Butler 2009, 25). Interrogating precarity as an embodied, political, affective, economic, ideological, temporal, and structural condition can thus illuminate how inequality is constructed and regulated. Precarity, as a framework, is useful for pinpointing how outwardly disparate lives, systems, temporalities, logics, forms of power, sites of trauma, and techniques of social control interrelate; it is equally valuable for naming and contesting the shared logics that rationalize disproportionate harm, containment, and death for some and opportunity and flourishing for others. The NWSA calls for proposals in the form of: papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, posters, or “authors meet critics,” on one of four themes: (1) Debility/Vulnerability, (2) Affect/Eros, (3) Institutions/Containments, (4) Distortion/Dispossession. View the full Call for Proposals for more information. Deadline for submissions: February 23, 2015.


 The Five College Women's Studies Research Center 2015-2016 Research Associate Program Call for Applications

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center announces a call for applications and nominations for three categories of Associateships in 2015-2016 (DEADLINE: March 1, 2015). Located in an area with one of the largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. During the period of appointment, all Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, to attend weekly seminars, lead one public colloquium, and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions.






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