Registration for Fall 2013 began April 1st. Course listings are loaded at the Course Info link above. The new Five College Certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies has been approved for UMass starting in Fall 2013. We will include a list of approved courses in our own guide and our website (Course Info link above).
Congratulations to our ever productive faculty!
Laura Briggs Chair, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies was awarded the James A. Rawley Prize, given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the United States. Her book, Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption was published in 2012 by Duke University Press.
Two of our faculty have been awarded prestigious fellowships for next year!
Svati Shah will be a Fulbright Scholar. Her project is entitled "Economic Class and Equality in India's Emerging LGBTQ Movement." Her project examines the discourses of class and urbanization among LGBTQ organizations and networks in several Indian cities. This analysis will provide comparative context for understanding the vibrant discourse of class among LGBTQ movements throughout the Global South.
Angie Willey will be a Rice University Humanities Research Institute Fellow in a year-long seminar on "Materialism and New Materialism Across the Disciplines." At Rice she will be working on a project entitled "Feminist Genealogies for New Materialism." The project aims to disrupt a story that positions what has been termed "new materialism" as an intervention in feminist and critical theory and instead charts its genealogies within those traditions.
This summer Angie will be a Dartmouth Leslie Center for the Humanities Fellow at an institute called "Towards a Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1950." At Dartmouth, Angie will be working on a project entitled "Anti-Islamism and the Making of Sexology: Coupling and Nationalism in Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis." The project is a close reading of intertwined themes of nationalism and coupling in Psychopathia Sexualis in light of Krafft-Ebing's legacy in the making of modern sexual subjectivities.
Angie just published an Op-Ed piece, take a look!
Joyce Berkman, Professor of History and WGSS Adjunct Professor is retiring! Save May 3 to celebrate Joyce's long career and click HERE to see the program for the day. As a parting gift, Joyce has established an endowed fund to provide support for graduate students. Click HERE to donate.
Six women were honored recently at the Center for Women in Community 40th anniversary gala. Congratulations to all - special congratulations to Arlene Avakian, our previous director and to Janet Aalfs, graduate.
We have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now YouTube (all the cute little buttons are above). Our hope is to continue adding video, tweeting and posting as things happen. A blog page is also in the works, so students, alums, faculty, send Linda your blog information!
It's now easier than ever to make a donation to WGSS!
Shakuntala Ray, the WGSS Writing TA can assist you in your writing in a variety of ways: one-to-one conferencing for your papers; peer edit sessions; stress-free drop-in writing envrionment; workshops on writing; in-class visits to brain storm writing projects; on-line modules to help clarity assignments. Stay tuned for information on Spring 2013 office hours.
Humanities and Fine Arts students, check out the HFA scholarship page!
The flashing pictures are group photos from our end-of-year celebrations through the years. Enjoy!