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

Fall 2015

Deadline to Submit Abstracts for Conference "Doing the Body in the 21st Century"

October 15, 2015 (All day)

Hosted by GSWS, with support from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Center, the Provost's office, the Bioethics program, and other units.

Bodies can be collective, material, medicalized, biological, sexual, queer, trans, normative, political, racial, transnational, ecological, historical, useful, global, affective, gendered, disabled, surveilled, controlled, subjected, transformed, enhanced, engineered, empowered, organized, managed, discursive, aesthetic, translated, theorized, aging, acting, voting, merging, migrating, moving, constructing, creating, performing.

What does it mean to study the body today? How are scholars thinking about them?

PACWAC Lecture and Reception, "Gender, Genes, and Justice."

October 7, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: Prof. Lisa Parker, Bioethics and GSWS

Provost's Office; GSWS

This event is to welcome new women faculty to Pitt. All current women faculty are invited to attend.

Teaching Gender with Zines: A workshop for instructors

October 5, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jude Vachon

Sponsored by GSWS

Former librarian and local zine-creator Jude Vachon will lead two workshops on “Teaching With Zines” – self-published, non-commercial pieces of work that foster individual expression. These workshops are for instructors across the disciplines who are interested in learning how to integrate zines into their teaching curriculum. She will be discussing the standard and alternate histories of zines, and the value of using zines in teaching as research materials and writing assignments. Zines can aid in connecting individual experiences to theoretical ideas, and are additionally a great way to teach about copyright/creative commons/anti-copyright ideas.
The first workshop will be held on Monday, October 5 at 2pm. Due to the level of interest, there will be a second workshop on Thursday, October 8 at 1pm, for those unable to attend the first session. Both workshops will be held in CL 402-E, the GSWS Seminar Room/Library.
Later in October, the inaugural Pittsburgh Feminist Zine Fest will be happening (http://feministzinefestpgh.tumblr.com/). The zine fair part of the weekend will be held here on Pitt's campus in the Frick Fine Arts Cloisters on Sunday, October 18, from noon-5. Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend the fair on campus. Come learn about ways to prepare students to think about the medium and its relation to gender, sexuality, and feminist representation today.

Discussion with Mr. Taia of his novel _An Arab Melancholia_

September 30, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Come discuss this ground-breaking novel about sexuality, gender, the closet, religion, and Euro-Maghrebi crossings. Please contact Prof. Reeser [reeser@pitt.edu] to register.

For more information on the book, see semiotexte.com/?p=1053.

"Salvation Army," film screening and discussion with director Abdellah Taia

September 29, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by Film Studies; European Studies Center; French and Italian; Humanities Center; Global Studies Center; Religious Studies; Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies; Provost's Year of the Humanities.

Abdellah is a young gay man navigating the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Growing up in a large family in a working-class neighborhood, Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores and a handful of predatory older men, in a society that denies his homosexuality.  As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he grapples with the loss of his homeland.  SALVATION ARMY, the directorial debut for Abdellah Taïa – an acclaimed Moroccan and Arab writer – is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taïa is the first writer of his descent to speak out openly about his homosexuality. Discussion with the director after the screening. Moderated by Professor of German and Film Studies, Randall Halle.

For more information on Taia and his work, see this article in the NYTimeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/world/middleeast/abdellah-taia-makes-his-directorial-debut.html; and this piece in The Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/arab-film-gay-protagonist_n_3868321.html

Campus Visit of LGBT Moroccan Writer Abdellah Taia

September 28, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by Film Studies; European Studies Center; French and Italian; Humanities Center; Global Studies Center; Religious Studies; Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies; Provost's Year of the Humanities.

Moroccan/Francophone writer Abdellah Taia will visit campus for four days to discuss his novels and his recent film (Salvation Army) with the campus community. His oeuvre [including 11 books, two of which are translated in English with one on its way] is ground-breaking as it discusses same-sex sexuality in an Islamic context, dealing with North African/European relations as well. The Moroccan press has written that he is "the first Moroccan to have the courage to publicly assert his difference." Taïa’s novels have “outed” him as “the only gay man” in a country where homosexuality remains a crime. 

 For more information on Taia and his work, see this article in the NYTimeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/world/middleeast/abdellah-taia-makes-his-directorial-debut.html; and this piece in The Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/arab-film-gay-protagonist_n_3868321.html

If you know French, join us Monday, Sept. 28, from 12:00-1:30 for a roundtable, “La Langue et l'identité dans le monde francophone,” moderated by Jeanette Jouili (Religious Studies). Panelists include Abdellah Taïa, Nadia Fadil (Leuven), and Denis Provencher (UMBC). 

4217 Posvar Hall. Hosted by European Studies.


The full campus visit is organized by Prof. Todd Reeser. Contact him with questions: reeser@pitt.edu.

Abdellah Taia

Reading with LGBT novelist Abdellah Taia

September 27, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by Film Studies; European Studies Center; French and Italian; Humanities Center; Global Studies Center; Religious Studies; Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies, Provost's Year of the Humanities.

Gay Moroccan novelist and film director Abdellah Taia will read from his novels and discuss his work. 

Lecture: "The Trouble with Too Much T: Examining Eligibility Policies for Elite Women Athletes," Katrina Karkazis

September 24, 2015 - 4:30pm - 5:45pm

In spring 2015, teen Indian sprinter Dutee Chand brought an historic appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, challenging a policy regulating competition eligibility of women with naturally high testosterone (T). These policies, which were adopted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), regulate levels of natural T in women athletes, arguing these women have unfair advantage over women with lower natural levels. Unless they are androgen resistant, women with high T must lower their levels by drugs or surgery in order to continue competing in the women’s category—a category they’ve competed in their whole lives.

Though ostensibly not a continuation of the decades-long doomed project of sex testing female athletes, the T policy nevertheless is the latest attempt to use a biological marker to draw a bright line between women and men for sex-segregated sports and to regulate who can compete as a woman. Katrina Karkazis who helped to bring the Chand case will provide a wide-ranging discussion of why too much T in women is considered a problem at all—and the harmful effects of seeing it as such.

For more information, see this article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/sports/international/dutee-chand-female-sprinter-with-high-male-hormone-level-wins-right-to-compete.html?_r=0


GSWS will hold a discussion-based colloquium for faculty and graduate students on Dr. Karkazis's important book Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience as well from 12:30-2:00 in 402-E Cathedral of Learning (GSWS Library).

Lecture for undergrads: "All of me...All the time: An honest conversation on gender, sexuality, and disability"

September 22, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sally Jo Snyder, Consumer Health Coalition

Sponsored by GSWS

From being referenced first as a disability instead of a person, members of the disabilities community are persons – sexual, physical, mental, spiritual, whole persons. Change in creating and maintaining a community fully accessible and available to all starts with an attitude change. This lecture and discussion will draw from experience and touch on previous and current media portrayals, anecdotes, and life in the beginning shift of cultural norms and understandings.

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