The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The Department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. The wide range of classes explores the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women’s and men’s lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women’s status in society. Among the areas of emphasis in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, critical race feminism, immigration and citizenship, and social activism.
Core and affiliated faculty in the Department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages, political science, public policy, and law.
The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers students:
- Unique opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects;
- Ability to engage in participatory learning and teaching experiences in feminist pedagogy seminars and as discussion facilitators for the introductory class; and
- Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and courses that prepare them for employment and/or further education in graduate schools or professional schools of law, medicine, teaching, or social work.
Unpacking Pariah(s): The Black Queer Feminist Liberation Plot and the Politics of Black (Sexual) Articulation
Friday, January 26, 2018
Jane Grant Conference Room 330 Hendricks Hall
Professor Shoniqua Roach will explore her research in a CSWS Noon Talk. Her talk is titled “Unpacking Pariah(s): The Black Queer Feminist Liberation Plot and the Politics of Black (Sexual) Articulation.”
Description of Research Talk
Both mainstream and academic critics responded warmly to Dee Rees’s feature-length film, Pariah. Mainstream critics hailed the 2011 release as a universal coming-of-age drama; an “African-American variation of a familiar story”; and a salient...
Professor Roach received her B.A. in English Literature from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Florida in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies with certificates in African American and Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Critical Theory from Northwestern University in 2017. She joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in 2017. Her research lies at the intersections between black feminisms, queer studies, performance studies, and post-civil rights era black popular...