Fall 2015 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2015

Pittsburgh: No Limits for Women!

December 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
June Zeitlin, Director of Human Rights Policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (Washington, DC)

A look at the Cities for CEDAW - Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Disrimination Against Women

Third SC Meeting

November 20, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am

On the docket:

A.      Director’s Report

"The Invisible War" Documentary Screening, Discussion, and Reception

November 14, 2015 - 11:00am
Attorney Susan Burke

Screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary on military sexual assault, "The Invisible War" with Attorney Susan Burke. A Wine and Cheese Reception will be held later that night.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Screening of the award-winning documentary on military sexual assualt, "The Invisible War"

Alcoa Room - University of Pittsburgh Law School, 3900 Forbes Ave, Pgh 15213

Free bagels and coffee available

Lecture: "Asian Americans Performing Sex, Gender, & Culture"

November 12, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
anu jain, GSWS Instructor and Visiting Scholar

Conversations about race in the U.S. often fall into a black/white binary that obscures groups like Asian Americans, who have nonetheless played a critical role in shaping how we as a nation interpret different people and bodies. This lecture showcases independent films depicting Asians in America as they navigate such cultural geographies in ways that are variously assimilatory, subversive, creative, and hilarious. 

Undergraduates welcome! 

Lecture: Affective Atmospheres and Domestic Violence

November 5, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Lucas Gottzén, associate professor, Stockholm University, Sweden

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the European Studies Center and the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.

Abstract: Drawing on data from two qualitative studies on masculinity and domestic violence in Sweden, this paper discusses the relation between space, affect and violence. Affect is here seen as embodied emotional expressions, as well as the action-potential of human and non-human materialities. More specifically, I argue that the concept of “affective atmospheres” is useful to understand the relation between place and violence. Affective atmospheres are experiences that occur before and alongside the formation of subjectivity.

Undergraduate Colloquium: "Displaying Shame: Masculinity and Responses to Men’s Violence against Women"

November 5, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
Prof. Lucas Gottzén

Sponsored by GSWS, with Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies and the European Studies Center

Open to all Pitt undergraduates, but please register with Prof. Reeser [reeser@pitt.edu] to receive a copy of the colloquium paper for discussion. Prof. Gottzén will discuss approaches to domestic violence through the lens of masculinity studies, and will lead a discsusion on his colloquium paper.

"Do I Sound Gay"?: Screening and Discussion with Director David Thorpe

October 28, 2015 - 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Linguistics and the Dietrich School Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Is there such a thing as a "gay voice"? Why do some people "sound gay" but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Do I Sound Gay? explores these questions and more and includes revealing interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei.

Join us for a screening of this high-profile film and then discuss it with the Director afterwards. You have heard about it, now come see it and talk with the director (who, by the way, is very funny in person).

Moderated by Prof. Scott Kiesling, a professor of linguistics who specializes in gender and language.

Free and open to the public.


For the event flyer, click here.

Annual Iris Marion Young Event: Awards Ceremony and Round-table Discussion (Gender-based Violence)

October 22, 2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs present the

2015 Iris Marion Young Memorial Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Reception to Follow.

The Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Panel Discussion (to start at 4:45):

“Gender-Based Violence: Criminalization and Justice”

Sarah Pesi

Feminist Zine Fair

October 18, 2015 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Presentations/exhibits by writers and artists.



Browse tables of feminist self-published, non-commercial pieces of work that foster individual or small community expression. Attend workshops on feminist issues and readings by local and national zine-makers. This event is part of the first ever Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh! The fest will run from Friday, October 16th to Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at several venues across Pittsburgh, but the Sunday venue is on Pitt's campus. Free admission!
For registration and more information, see feministzinefestpgh.tumblr.com.

Second Steering Committee Meeting

October 16, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am

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