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Department of Gender Studies Speakers' Series

Speakers' Series

The Advisory Committee on Speakers, Department of Gender Studies, organizes public talks by local and visiting speakers on topics of interest to the university and St. John's communities.

The series runs in the Fall and Winter semesters of each academic year.


All lectures are open to the public and unless otherwise noted are held in the Sally Davis Seminar Room, SN 4087.

The following speakers are confirmed for the Winter 2014 Department of Gender Studies Speakers' Series.

Monday, 10 February, 11:00 a.m.   -- Feminist Films

Red Moon: Menstruation Culture & the Politics of Gender (2009)

Diana Fabianova/Media Education Foundation

“With Humor and refreshing candor, Fabianova’s Red Moon provides a fascinating, often ironic, take on the absurd and frequently dangerous cultural stigmas and superstitions surrounding women’s menstruation.  As educational as it is liberating the film functions as both a myth-busting overview of the realities of menstruation, and a piercing cultural analysis of the ways in which struggles over meaning and power have played out through history on the terrain of women’s bodies.”  (taken from film website)

Tuesday, 4 March, 10:30 a.m.  -- Sarah McQuarrie, Master of Gender Studies Candidate

Performing 'Queer' at Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

In this presentation I discuss ways in which “queer” identity, desire, sex, and sexuality are performed in performance art and installation. Specifically, I examine Allyson Mitchell’s 2013 lesbian Feminist Haunted House, Killjoy’s Kastle, in order to explore ways in which artists use their bodies to imagine and/or (de)construct identity categories; postulate alternative representations of sex and desire; and undo and/or challenge gendered and sexual norms. I also consider ways in which Mitchell returns to narratives of feminist histories to reclaim/reposition feminist lesbian politics. I further consider my own subject position in relation to queer identity and participation within the haunted house by applying authoethnography and self-reflexivity to my experiences and analysis. As a result, I trouble the category of “queer” and the potential normalizing discourses that manifest from identity categorization and consider what it means to feel “not quite queer enough.”

13-14 March 

Pop Goes Gender Studies: Gender, Race and Representation in Popular Culture

This is a two-day series of presentations and workshops for students, faculty and the community on the intersections of gender, race and representation.  The full schedule will be posted when finalized.

Monday, 31 March, 12:00 p.m. -- Pearl, Sedziafa, Master of Gender Studies Candidate

Kinship Ties and Marital Violence Against Women in Ghana

The socialization of men and women in Ghana is understood as conferring either patrilineal or matrilineal rights, privileges and responsibilities. Yet, previous studies that explored the causes of domestic and marital violence in sub-Saharan Africa and Ghana paid less attention to kin group affiliation and how the power dynamics within such groups affect marital violence. Using the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey and applying OLS techniques, this study will examine the causes of physical, sexual and emotional violence among matrilineal and patrilineal kin groups. Policy makers must pay attention to kin group affiliation in designing policies aimed at reducing marital violence among Ghanaian women.