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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 13, 2015

CSWS Noon Talk: Heterosexuality, Sexual Violence and the Temporality of Femininity

Who: Megan Burke, doctoral candidate in Philosophy and graduate certificate student in Women’s and Gender Studies
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:00 pm (bring your own lunch)
Where: Jane Grant Conference Room (Hendricks Hall 330)
What: This talk will examine the way in which sexual violence is integral to the production and lived experience of gendered subjectivity by focusing on the philosophical question of temporality. Burke’s research and teaching interests include Feminist Philosophy, Existential Phenomenology, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Social-Political Philosophy.

See the CSWS flyer here for additional info.

December 12, 2014

2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

“Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience”

When: May 7 – 9, 2015

Where: University of Oregon and the Eugene Public Library

Keynote speaker: Diana Abu-Jaber

WGS is co-sponsoring this event.

From the announcement on the CSWS website:

The fourth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium will be held Thursday May 7, 2015, through Saturday May 9, 2015. This theme opens conversations about the sensuality of food; food and culture; food shortages; hunger and poverty; health and eating disorders; climate change; misuse of natural resources; environmental racism; food distribution; genetic manipulation of seeds; and preparation and growing of food. Food is our daily bread, but in the practice of writing, what else feeds us? “Our Daily Bread” is a rich theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, humanity, gender, and community.

For additional information, please view the main announcement at csws.uoregon.edu.

Health at Every Age: Determinants and Outcomes of Physical and Mental Health Throughout the Lifespan

When: April 10-12th, 2015

Where: University of Oregon

WGS is co-sponsoring this event.

From the website:

The 12th annual Western Regional International Health Conference will be an opportunity for a diverse group of students, activists, academics, and leaders passionate about the advancement of global health and social justice to explore the determinants and challenges in fostering physical and mental health at every stage of life.

Health at every stage of life is intertwined at the biological, social, political, and ecological levels, though the realization of these relationships is often unnoticed. This conference will provide the opportunity to discuss, question, and critique these notions while new ideas are generated.

For additional information or to submit abstracts or proposals, please visit the 2015 Western Regional International Health Conference website.

December 5, 2014

“Telling Tales: Sexuality’s Fiction”

“Telling Tales: Sexuality’s Fiction”

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When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 4:00 pm
Where: Browsing Room, Knight Library
Who: Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz

Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research engages the poetics and politics of sexuality, geopolitics and historiography. Her first book, For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke University Press, 2009), won the 2010 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies in literature and cultural studies from the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. Her current book project, Lyrical Summonings: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia, grows out of her interest in the figurations of sexuality, ethics and collectivity in colonial British and Portuguese India.

November 11, 2014

Elizabeth Reis, Kari Norgaard participate in panel on the impact of herbicides on water and animal and human health

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On October 24th Elizabeth Reis joined Dr. Tyrone Hayes, professor of biology at University of California at Berkeley, on a panel considering the impact of herbicides on water, animal, and human health.

Named an “Emerging Explorer” by National Geographic and the subject of a recent long-form exposé in the New Yorker, Hayes studies the role of steroid hormones on amphibian development and has published over 39 peer reviewed articles on related research. Dr. Hayes’s findings regarding hermaphroditism in frogs as a result of exposure to the commonly-used herbicide Atrazine have created national attention both within academia and beyond. Because of the similarities between amphibian hormonal systems and our own, the work raises startling questions about environmental toxicity, gender, environmental justice, and community health concerns.

Reis’s presentation, “Nature in Doubt: Intersex in a Chemical Era,” focused on the implications of Hayes’s work in the field of gender studies. She explored the ways in which we can assess the human consequences of changes we produce in our environment, including changes to sexual development and gender expression, without resorting to problematic cultural notions of what is “normal”. Professor Kari Norgaard in the Sociology Department responded to the panelists and led a lively discussion about the notion and rhetoric of the “natural” in an environment exposed to hormone-altering herbicides.

October 20, 2014

Globalization, Gender and Development Conference

When: October 23-24, 2014

Where: University of Oregon and the Eugene Public Library

Keynote speaker: Diana Abu-Jaber

WGS is co-sponsoring this event.

Since the field of women and development (WID) emerged in the 1970s, feminist scholars, practitioners and activists have dramatically changed the face of international development – influencing not only the ways development is studied, but also the very ways it is defined. This conference will explore how globalization has had differential effects on men and women in the areas of economic opportunity, environmental justice, technology and media, and migration and how development strategies can advance the goals of equity and justice. 

WGS faculty will be presenting:

  • Yvonne Braun: Seeing through Water: Local Narratives of Gender, Environmental Change, and Development in Lesotho
  • Lynn Fujiwara: Gender, Migration and Care Work: Paid and Unpaid
  • Kristin Yarris: Between Love and Money: Grandmothers, Remittances, and the Moral Economies of Care in Nicaraguan Transnational Families

For more information: Globalization, Gender and Development

October 9, 2014

WGS Back to School Party / Meet ‘n’ Greet

When? Friday, October 10, 3:00 p.m.

Where? On the Pioneer Mother lawn outside Hendricks Hall

Who? WGS students, faculty, staff, friends and affiliates, and faculty in other departments who would consider teaching a class on Gender and/or Queer Studies that we can cross-list.

Why? Let’s celebrate the 2014-15 academic year! Please join us for snacks, drinks, socializing, networking and etc. Meet your faculty outside of class, ask about their research, network with colleagues and peers, ask questions about the major/graduate certificate program if you’re thinking of declaring, or just come out, have a good time and enjoy the late summer/early Fall in Oregon.

We hope to see you there for the last bit of good weather before we take a turn for rain next week!

April 25, 2014

Women in War: The Case of El Salvador

Please join us and our colleagues from the Center for the Study of Women in Society for this free public presentation on Women in War by Dr. Jocelyn Viterna of Harvard University! May 15 at 3:30 in Lawrence 166. See poster for additional details.

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April 14, 2014

Northwest NWSA 2014 Conference + TeachOUT + OUT/LOUD

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is pleased to announce the 2014 northwest regional meeting of the NWSA national conference, May 16th – 17th. This is the fifth annual forum on gender and sexual orientation minority issues in education and is combined this year with TeachOUT and OUT/LOUD.

NW NWSA Conference Homepage

Conference Registration – UO Ticket Office

Conference Overview

The Northwest National Women’s Studies Association leads the region in women’s studies in educational and social transformation.  The region is comprised of women’s and gender studies departments and women’s centers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Our annual conference regularly draws faculty, staff and students from around the region showcasing the latest feminist scholarship.

The 2014 conference offers networking and professional development opportunities for women’s and gender studies and women’s center administrators, as well as opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to present their work. The conference will feature concurrent breakout sessions, lunch roundtable, and an artist showcase to preview musicians, spoken word artists, and comedians.

Conference Details

NW NWSA’s 2014 conference theme, Gender and Sexual Orientation in the Classroom, endeavors to examine the ways that feminist scholarship is transgressing the bounds of public/private, gender conformity and sexuality. Feminist scholars, educators and activist can provide important insights and refreshing perspectives imagining a feminist future in the classroom. Through engaged feminist scholarship and queer theory, we will explore the ways in which gender and sexual orientation are discussed and enacted in the classroom and how they are made visible or invisible through instruction, embodiment, and performance. Utilizing an interdisciplinary lens, workshops will interrogate how gender is performed, applied, used a method of transgression, a mode of inquiry and/or how it is used to disrupt heteronormativity. By engaging the arts through intersectional feminist scholarship, we explore comedy, poetry, music and games as places of conformity and resistance. (Summary from UO ticket office.)

Subthemes:

  • Engaging creative methodologies
  • Gender and performance
  • Raising gender and sexuality in K-12

Supporting Departments & Organizations

Presented by

University of Oregon Dept of Education Studies and the ASUO Women’s Center

Sponsored by

  • University of Oregon Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • University of Oregon Education Studies, College of Education
  • Northwest National Women’s Studies Association
  • ASUO Women’s Center
  • Lane County Tourism
  • Springfield School District
  • Bethel School District
  • 4-J School District

 

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