Spring 2017 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2017

Lecture by Brian Broome (Chatham University): "Balls"

April 21, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Brian Broome (Chatham University)


GSWS Undergraduate Masculinities Symposium

April 21, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Undergraduate students from Pitt and other schools will present their research in gender/sexuality studies.

Keynote presenter: Writer Brian Broome

Place: 402 Cathedral of Learning

This all-day event features undergraduate research from across disciplines. 


SC April Meeting (if business requires)

April 14, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

General Lecture: “Taking Young People Seriously: Inequalities in Contemporary Childhoods”

April 6, 2017 - 12:30pm
C.J. Pascoe (University of Oregon)

CJ Pascoe, author of Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon. Pascoe's current research focuses on masculinity, youth, homophobia, sexuality and new media.

Faculty Colloquium: "Masculinity and Affect"

April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm - April 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center, the Year of Diversity, the European Studies Center, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Communication.

This event is free and open to all graduate students and faculty at Pitt or elsewhere. There is no registration fee to attend. 

See our wesbite: https://www.affectivemasculinity.com


This hands-on colloquium will feature a discussion-based session on precirculated readings, methodological papers, and case studies.

Masculinity/Affect Colloquium Presenters (preliminary list):
Pitt Faculty:

  • Todd Reeser (GSWS/French)
  • Brent Malin (Communication)
  • Scott Kiesling (Linguistics)
  • Paul Johnson (Comm)
  • Julian Gill-Peterson (English)
  • Gabby Yearwood (Anthro)
  • Julie Beaulieu (GSWS)
  • Aaron Johnson (Music)
  • William Scott (English)

Non-Pitt faculty:

  • Lucas Gottzén (Childhood Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Jonathan Allan (Gender Studies, Brandon University, Canada)
  • Sam De Boise (Musicology, Örebro University, Sweden)
  • Natalie Kouri-Towe (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Thorneloe University at Laurentian, Canada) 
  • Chris Haywood (Media and Cultural Studies, Newcastle, UK)
  • Gregory Seigworth (Communication, Millersville University): colloquium respondent


Affect and affect studies has some natural points of contact with masculinity and masculinity studies.  Masculinity scholars have often discussed issues of how emotion are figured in and by notions of masculinity.  Thinking about these issues through the lens of affect theory—which stresses such concepts as energy, force, and pre-conscious bodily sensation that are often seen as parallel with, but not reducible to, emotion—should provide an important opportunity to investigate masculinity in ways that are both consonant with, and innovative of, more established approaches within m

Presentation: "Masculinity and Methodology"

April 4, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Prof. Chris Haywood (Newcastle, UK)

There are an increasing number of studies exploring men and masculinities and this has led to a growing visibility of the role of masculinity within the research process. This presentation aims to contribute to this discussion by exploring the ways in which masculinity impacts upon the research process. Drawing upon a number of examples from research in schools, speed dating, disability and anonymous sex, it is argued that masculinity does not stand outside of the research process, but rather, it actively inflects and impacts upon the knowledge that is produced. 

This event is part of a cluster of spring term events on masculinities. For more masculinities events, click here.

Supporting Transgender Community Members

April 4, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Presented by PERSAD Center


This Event is open to all Pitt Students, Faculty, and Staff and is presented by PERSAD Center, a nonprofit organization located in Pittsburgh with the mission to "improve the well-being of the LGBTQ communities and the HIV/AIDS communities". 


Click here to view the event flyer and learn more! 

Lecture: "Teacher Sex, Pupils and Masculinity"

April 3, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Prof. Chris Haywood (Newcastle, UK)

Throughout the last 20 years schooling has received increasing media coverage especially around gender and sexuality. It has become an arena where cultural anxieties are being continually projected and temporarily resolved.  For example, concerns about boys failing, school pregnancies, sexting, sex education reveal the moral fault lines that underpin what is seen as acceptable and unacceptable. This lecture primarily focuses on media reports on sex between teachers and pupils in order to explore how such scandals configure gender. More specifically, it examines how the dynamics of age play an important role in emerging narratives of masculinity. Overall, the lecture suggests that such scandals create cultural disgust, they become desirable and necessary to stabilize gender and (hetero) sexual normativity. 

Co-sponsored by the European Studies Center.

This event is part of a cluster of spring term events on masculinities. For more masculinities events, click here.

Lecture by Bonnie Dow (Vanderbilt): "Writing the Revolution: Feminist Rhetorics of the Second Wave"

March 31, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Year of Diversity, and the Dept. of Communication.

Abstract of talk:

Marriage Equality in Advanced Industrialized Democracies

March 31, 2017 (All day) - April 1, 2017 (All day)

Friday, March 31

9:00 – 10:45 am Panel 1: Backlash to LGBT Rights, Far Right Parties, and Opposition Movements

Location: Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Schenley Lounge (1st floor)

Discussant: Dr. Ellen Andersen (University of Vermont)

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