Fall 2014 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2014

Work in Progress Discussion: 'Measuring Masculinities in Early Adolescence'

November 21, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Lisa Brush (Sociology) and Elizabeth Miller (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)

With responses from Gabby Yearwood (Anthro) and Scott Kiesling (Ling). Text for discussion will be available through the gender studies portal on my.pitt.edu under My Resources or from gsws@pitt.edu.

Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration

November 19, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dr. Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila (American University/CUNY Institute for Health Equity)

Dr. Vasquez del Aguila is an anthropologist with experience in Masculinity, Sexuality, Global Health, and Migration. He has published on sexual and reproductive health; sexual minorities; equality; gender and masculinity; sexuality; and migration. His latest book is entitled “Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration” (Routledge 2014).  He earned his PhD in medical anthropology from Columbia University, New York City. 

Dr. Vasquez del Aguila will analyze the intersections of masculinity, sexuality and migration. The lecture will focus on the complex processes of becoming a man and the strategies used by men to reconcile paradoxes and contradictions that coexist between multiple masculinities and contradictory models of being a man.

Lecture: The Body Agentic: Neoliberal Metrics for Appraising Young Women’s Sexuality

November 13, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Laina Bay-Cheng (University at Buffalo)

Note:  From 9-10:50, Prof. Bay-Cheng will lead a colloquium discussion on her article: "Justifying sex: The place of women’s sexuality on a social justice agenda." _Families in Society_, 92(1), 97-103. The article will be available on the GSWS Portal on my.pitt.edu. 


Young women’s sexuality traditionally has been marked along a gendered, moralist virgin-slut continuum. However, this one-dimensional model cannot easily accommodate substantive changes in the norms that influence girls’ sexualities. Contemporary scholarship includes many signs that such a shift has occurred in the U.S., ushered in by the cultural and ideological suffusion of neoliberalism.

Colloquium with Prof. Bay-Cheng on her research

November 13, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:45am
Laina Bay-Cheng (Buffalo)

Contact Sara Goodkind (sag51@pitt.edu) for more info.  

SC Nov Meeting

November 7, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am

On the docket: Cross-listing policy; undergraduate program planning; gender-inclusive language recommendation for student writing. 

11:30-12:30: Research/programming subcommittee meeting

Iris Marion Young Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion: "Race and Education in Pittsburgh"

November 6, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Students, the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Urban Education. 

Panel Discussion: "Race and Education in Pittsburgh”

Curtiss Porter, Chief Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer, City of Pittsburgh

Jessie Ramey, visiting scholar, University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and founder, Yinzercation

John Wallace, principal investigator, University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems, Comm-Univer-City of Pittsburgh Project

Moderated by Amanda Godley, University of Pittsburgh School of Education 

Join us for our annual award ceremony for the Iris Marion Young Awards. The Young Award for Political Engagement honors Iris Marion Young, a philosopher and social theorist of international renown.  Young was a professor in GSPIA during the 1990s before taking a position as Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago in 2000.  She died in 2006 of cancer.

Forum Discussion: Academic Publishing in the Humanities

November 5, 2014 - 4:00pm
Brigitte Shull, Head of Humanities and Senior Editor, Literature and Gender Studies, Palgrave Macmillan

Co-sponsored by the Department of English

There will be a brief presentation, Q and A, and opportunity to discuss and receive advice on particular manuscript projects.


Refreshments will be provided.

Deadline to Apply for the Conference on Reproductive Health, Rights, Access, and Action

November 1, 2014 (All day)


Call For Papers: Conference on Reproductive Health, Rights, Access, and Action

Gender and Affect Faculty/Grad Reading Group

October 30, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Facilitator: Jen Waldron (Eng)

Faculty and Grad students: We invite you to join us for the second meeting of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program's "Gender and Affect Reading Group"! Our second meeting will be on Thursday October 30, from 4:00-5:30pm in 402 CL, focusing on Sedgwick's Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (2003). We'll discuss the introduction and chapters 3 (shame in the cybernetic fold) and 4 (paranoid reading). They are available on the GSWS portal under "reading groups," on the left. Find the GSWS portal by logging into my.pitt.edu and clicking My Resources. Please let Jen Waldron, the facilitator, know if you have any questions: jwaldron@pitt.edu.

PACWC Lecture: "Can We Worry about Children Without Pathologizing Parents?: Evidence from Transnational Black History"

October 13, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lara Putnam (History)

Lara Putnam is Professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her publications include The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960 (UNC Press, 2002); Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age (UNC Press, 2013); and recent journal articles on citizenship, childhood, immigration law, and more.  Her research in progress explores the ways kinship, gender, and sexuality both shape and are shaped by large-scale political and economic shifts. 

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