Loyola University Chicago

Women's Studies and Gender Studies


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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.




((dop)) Presents Mainstage Keynote Speaker: LAVERNE COX!

Thursday, April 23, Doors open at 5PM, Speech starts at 6PM

Mundelein Auditorium, LSC

Emmy-Nominated actress for her role on "Orange is the New Black", Transgender advocate, writer, and icon. 1 Free ticket per student/faculty/staff ID. Available ONLY at the Damen Info Desk (check back for specific ticket release date). Click here for more information!







Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7pm


Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL


Partnering with Center on Halsted, Northwestern University’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association is proud to present Queergasm! The sixth annual interdisciplinary performance will feature Chicago-based artists who question the relationship between intimacy, art, and queerness. While exploring the theme of Intimacies & Outimacies, this is an evening of debauchery, satirical and poetic performances that will make you Queergasm!


She’s Beautiful when She’s Angry returns to Chicago!

May 8 - 14, 2015

Gene Siskel Film Center

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Remarkably, there has never been a theatrical documentary about the early days of women’s liberation. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL aims not to romanticize the early movement, but to dramatize it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual identity and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.  SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious. On Sunday, Anne Ladky, executive director of Women Employed, an heir to the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, will moderate audience discussion. On Wednesday at 8:15 pm, poet and essayist Judith Arcana (“The Parachute Jump Effect”), who appears in the film as an original member of the Chicago feminist underground service JANE, will be present for audience discussion. Click here for more info and to buy tickets! 92 mins. Directed by Mary Dore, 2014.


 Standing Silent Witness

Friday, April 24, 12-1PM

Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn St., downtown Chicago

Standing Silent Witness is RVA’s signature event for SAAM! Standing silently for one hour, volunteers wear t-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to “break the silence” about sexual violence. Join us at RVA’s Central Office at 11 AM to prepare for the event and/or after the event for a lunch. Dearborn and Adams. For more information, contact Megan at educator@rapevictimadvocates.org.


The Courage Campaign: CTA Presents: Laughs on Loop! Variety Show

Masada, 2206 N. California

Saturday, April 25, 7-12PM

The Courage Campaign: CTA is a group of Chicagoans raising money to create, print and post CTA advertisements that advocate respect for all using public transit. We are collaborating with Radass Party, an up and coming event planning and marketing company, to host this event. This event is to bring awareness to street harassment and sexual assault on and around the CTA in Chicago. All proceeds will benefit the Courage Campaign: CTA. Tickets are $10. See attached flyer!






Equality Research to Action

May 1-2, 2015

Dearborn, MI

This is the first LGBT research conference to bring you the work of academics and advocates in one place. 40 important new research projects from scholars, movement organizations, and community agencies all show how research enables us to build knowledge, movement, and community. Low registration fee and special student rates make this a must attend event for anyone working on social justice, human rights, or equality. The conference is interdisciplinary and brings the energy of people doing all kinds of great scholarship, research, public education, and policy advocacy. Click here for more information.


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.