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August 19, 2015

New classes–sci fi, pop culture, Islam, explicit sex & politics and more!

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The WGS department is growing and we are adding new classes as part of this growth. Check them out below!

Class names

WGS 199 – Gender and Pop Culture – NO PREREQS!
WGS 331 – Sci/Technol & Gender – The Fembot, Women, and the Construction of Difference in Film and Media
WGS 399 – Gender and Muslim Modernity – NO PREREQS!
WGS 410/510 – Feminist Science Fiction – NO PREREQS!
QST/ WGS 422/522 – Advanced Queer Theory & Cultural Studies
QST/ WGS 422/522 – Explicit Sex and Politics

See below for full descriptions. Registration is now re-opened for all students regardless of class standing–don’t miss these very special new classes!

Descriptions

WGS199: Gender & Popular Culture – “Welcome to the Whedonverse: Feminism, Fandom, and Popular Culture”
Professor Edmond Chang

This class will take up the challenge of reading, exploring, and critiquing popular culture through the lenses of scholarship, television, film, and everyday media.  Specifically, we will look at the works and fandoms of Joss Whedon—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Avengers—to unpack and analyze the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and other formations.

WGS 331 – Gender, Science, and Technology: The Fembot, Women, and the Construction of Difference in Film and Media
Professor Margaret Rhee

In this course, we will investigate the cinematic and media representations of the female robot—the fembot. Drawing from theorist Donna Haraway’s essay, “The Cyborg Manifesto,” we will analyze representations of the robot and themes such as gendered labor, sexuality, and intimacy through a feminist and science and technology lens.

WGS 399 – Gender and Muslim Modernities
Professor Nadia Loan

This course aims to introduce students to the diversity of gender roles in various parts of the Muslim world and the role of contextual forces such as colonialism, nationalism, globalization etc. in forging gender identities. In the first half of the course we will consider how colonial and nationalist regimes participated in shaping and redefining gender relations as well as notions of the feminine in the Muslim world. The second half of course will look more closely at the manner in which gender and identity is interwoven with and produced through new and emerging political, cultural and religious practices in the present.

WGS 410/510 – Feminist Science Fiction
Professor Carol Stabile

In the words of author and linguist Suzette Haden Elgin, “SF is the only genre of literature in which it’s possible for a writer to explore the question of what this world would be like if you could get rid of [X], where [X] is filled in with any of the multitude of real world facts that constrain and oppress women.” Science fiction has also provided a space for feminist writers to explore relationships with science, technology, and identity, unfettered by the sexist constraints of professions or institutions and outside the generic conventions of other types of fiction.In this course, we will be looking at feminist science fiction as a form of theory, as a strategy for thinking critically about the present and imagining “what this world would be like” under different circumstances.

QST/ WGS 422/522 – Advanced Queer Theory & Cultural Studies
Professor Edmond Chang

This advanced class will offer an intensive survey of the key terms, texts, and questions of the interdisciplinary fields that make up queer theory and cultural studies, paying particular attention to recent debates and conversations.  Through the lenses literature, scholarship, new and old media, and even popular culture, we will engage gender, sexuality, race, nation, (dis)ability, technology, and other identities and intersectionalities.

QST/ WGS 422/522 – Explicit Sex and Politics
Professor Margaret Rhee

This course on “Explicit Sex and Politics” draws upon the work of queer feminist writers and activists such as Kathy Acker, Juana Maria Rodriguez, Samuel Delany, Audre Lorde, and Joel Tan. Through close examination of these texts and queer theory, we will explore questions of power, culture, and representations of queer sex as activist strategy. When is “explicit” sex a feminist and queer activist strategy? How does sex border our notions of queer activism and the “romance” of community?

Register today and secure your seat!

June 11, 2015

WGS Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Happy summer everyone!

The WGS Spring term newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

You can also subscribe to receive it via email by clicking the button at the top. Inside: research updates, winners of our scholarships and awards, faculty awards, pictures of the Sally Miller Gearhart 2015 Lecture and more!

For those of you that like the paper newsletter, we will print a limited number of abbreviated copies to be distributed at graduation. Full versions will be printed and mailed in July, and will also be available as usual in the main office. If you would like to request a paper newsletter via mail, please contact the main office and we will make sure you receive one.

June 4, 2015

2015 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture In Pictures

The 2015 Sally Miller Gearhart lecture by Ana-Maurine Lara was a beautifully unique addition to the biennial lecture series tradition. Ana-Maurine Lara, award-winning author, scholar, and poet, gave a rich reading of some of her original poetry, incorporating visual imagery, movement, call-and-response and audience involvement through the reading of short poems.

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies would like to thank Dr. Lara, Carla Blumberg and Sally Miller Gearhart, the faculty and staff of WGS, students, members of the community and all who contributed to this event and the lecture series, whether through organization or attendance.

See you in 2017 for the next Sally Miller Gearhart lecture!

 

April 2, 2015

Professor Ernesto Martínez delivers keynote address at WGSS student research colloquium, PSU

Professor Martínez will give the keynote address at the 9th annual WGSS student research colloquium tomorrow, April 3 at Portland State University.

Talk details:

“On the Queer Practice and Racial Politics of Intelligibility”

How do queers of color develop reliable knowledge about their lives despite being subject to the ideological violence of racist and homophobic societies?

What importance do we attribute to the strategies queer people of color employ to resist such violence and to negotiate levels of intelligibility, and what are the implications of such interventions for social theory?

March 3, 2015

Visiting professor Erica Rand featured in Register Guard

Professor Erica Rand is a courtesy research associate at the University of Oregon this year while on sabbatical from Bates College, Maine. In Fall 2014, she taught WGS 422: Queer/Trans Sports Studies.

Off campus, Professor Rand is an avid figure skater, and has found a new home rink at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Check out her story at the Register Guard.

Professor Rand has also written a book about her experiences and the intersection of this unique sport with gender studies, Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice.

February 6, 2015

2015 Sally Miller Gearhart lecture announced

The 2015 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture in Lesbian Studies has been determined! Please join us for the latest installment in this biennial lecture series.

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January 22, 2015

Facilitator application period for Spring 2015 now open!

Dear students,

We have begun our search for WGS 101 discussion section facilitators for Spring 2015. Facilitators can be undergrads or grads who have taken WGS 101, and serve to guide discussion and help students in one discussion section each. Facilitators register for 4 credits of WGS 409 or 609 (this is the part where you attend the lecture and 1 discussion section) and 2 credits of WGS 413/513 (Feminist Pedagogy, a separate class) which meets once a week on Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:50 pm.

The application consists of a few short answer questions and can be found under Forms and Applications or outside our main office door (white sheet in the bottom left of the literature holders). Please deliver it in person or by email to the main office (wgs@uoregon.edu, Hendricks 315) between the hours of 8-5, M-F.

The deadline is Thursday, February 5th at 5:00 pm. Instructors will review the applications and those selected to facilitate will be contacted by Tuesday, February 17th.

Depending on schedules, acceptance rates and volume of applications received, we may still accept more applications after the deadline. Watch our website or Facebook page for more information on this.

We look forward to working with you!

January 8, 2015

Professor Ellen Scott co-authors new University of Oregon report revealing Oregon’s growing economic crisis

On Thursday, researchers from the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) and Department of Sociology released The High Cost of Low Wages, a new report that details the economic reality for Oregon’s low-wage workers in the post-recession economy.

The report found that over 400,000 Oregonians – roughly 25 percent of the state’s entire workforce – are employed in low-wage work. Further, about one in 7 Oregon workers receive public assistance.

The report offers new data on the costs of public assistance low-wage workers in Oregon must rely on to make ends meet and how taxpayers are supporting a new form of corporate subsidy to the largest companies employing low-wage workers in the state. Each year, taxpayers spend over $1.7 billion to subsidize corporations’ reliance on a low-wage workforce. Large, profitable corporations in retail, fast food, and health care employ the largest share of low-wage workers using public assistance.

The report also recommends a set of policy solutions that stand to improve economic opportunity for Oregon’s working families while reducing corporate welfare and strengthening the state’s economy.

For the full report click here (http://lerc.uoregon.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2014-Oregon-Workforce-Report-The-High-Cost-of-Low-Wages-in-Oregon.pdf).

December 12, 2014

WGS Fall 2014 Newsletter

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Season’s greetings!

To keep news fresh and conserve paper, we have moved to a twice-annual e-newsletter (Fall and Spring)! Check out our Fall newsletter here.

You can also subscribe to receive it via email by clicking the button at the top. Inside: a list of the year’s upcoming classes, faculty news, events, congratulations to scholarship winners and more!

For those of you that like the paper newsletter, we will print a limited number of Spring copies to be distributed at graduation. They will also be available as usual in the main office. If you would like to request a paper newsletter via mail, please contact the main office and we will make sure you receive one.

December 5, 2014

Brand new class for Winter term: Gender, Race and Performance!

Hello students! We just rescheduled one of our brand new winter classes to a friendlier time than 8:30 am. It will now be at 10 am M/W and is taught by our new faculty member Lani Teves, who comes to us from Hawai’i and Michigan. The class focuses on different types of performance and how they impact gender, racial and sexual identities. Check out the attached flyer for more! Click here for the PDF version

Flyer for WGS 410

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