Good news! Our search for Associate Director of the Graduate Program is finalized and has been advertised. To see the full ad, click on job listings. To apply for the position, http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=44017
Joyce Berkman, Professor of History and WGSS Adjunct Professor has retired! As a parting gift, Joyce has established an endowed fund, the Joyce Avrech Berkman, Professor Emerita (as of 2013) Endowed Fund in Women's History and Women's Studies Award to provide support for graduate students.
We are excited to announce the first recipient, F. Gizem Zencirci for her final paper "Daughters or Wives?: Kemalist and Islamist Discourses about Women's Empowerment and Poverty in Turkey." Gizem completed her BA and MA in Bilkent University, Turkey. She is graduating from UMass with a PhD from the Political Science department as well as the Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. She will begin working as a tenure track faculty member at Providence College, Rhode Island in the Fall. Her research interests include neoliberalism, welfare governance, religion, secularism, NGOs, poverty and gender.
This is the first year that the Joyce Avrech Berkman Award is being offered but it will be given annually in both the History Department and the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department. The WGSS prize winner receives $500 for the most outstanding feminist paper by a certificate student who is completing requirements and graduating that year from the Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. This award is to encourage further research related to the paper by providing conference related expenses, or funding for research visits to archives and/or participation in networking activities related to pedagogy or research. Click HERE to donate to this fund.
Thank you, Professor Joyce Avrech Berkman!
Congratulations to our ever productive faculty!
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!
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!
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!