Department of Gender Studies 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.
FALL SEMESTER 2013
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 Fall 2013 Department of Gender Studies Speakers' Series.
Wednesday, 2 October, 2:30 p.m. -- Feminist Films
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheros (2012)
Kirsty Guevara-flanagan, Director; Kelcey Edwards, Producer
"[This film] traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Wonder Women! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.” (taken from film website)
Wednesday, 9 October, 2:30 p.m. -- Dr. Pat Dold, Head, Department of Gender Studies
Remembering Sati: a reconsideration of traditional Hindu discourses about the "good woman"
Consider a modern anti-sati poster: we see, in black silhouette, a woman reaching upward and out of a burning pyre. Rajeshwari Sunder Rajan observes how this representation of sati counters the more typical and “traditional” representations of human satis as the epitome of Hindu wifely devotion, who rest tranquilly and contentedly on the bodies of their husbands as flames blaze around them. In place of the “passivity and isolation” of such typical representations, Sunder Rajan observes that the anti-sati poster shows us “a burning woman seeking to escape,” a woman portrayed as “the subject of agency and action” rather than as spectacle. While Sunder Rajan’s work focuses on modern representations of sati, my presentation examines traditional Sanskrit accounts of the Goddess Sati and her death by fire and attempts to locate in such accounts, evidence for traditional discourses that, like the modern anti-sati poster, focus on Sati as the subject of agency and pain, protest and grieve her death, and condemn those who caused it. I argue that, contrary to the claims of modern defenders of sati as a “traditional” Hindu ideal, Hindu tradition itself includes voices that condemn it.
22-26 October - Annual St. John's International Women's Film Festival
Over 80 films with workshops and panels on the film and broadcasting industries, with appearances by guest filmmakers and producers.
For more information on Festival passes and tickets, call 754-3141 or email email@example.com.
See also http://www.womensfilmfestival.com
Wednesday, 30 October, 2:30 p.m. -- Dr. Jennifer Dyer, Director, Master of Philosophy (Humanities) Program
Staccato Angels: feminine self-representation in contemporary digital video
Here, I take a look at a number of recent digital video artworks that explore everyday representations or ideas of femininity. What makes these artworks stand out is their twofold focus on the mundane aspects of one’s self-identification as ‘feminine’ and the generally troubling nature of the imagery and identities these works reveal. I argue that the trouble is not only a matter of situating lived, mundane representations of gender in an art-historically and culturally loaded context; rather, the trouble dates back to Toril Moi’s parsing of Female/Feminine/Feminist. We’ll use these digital video artworks to try to resituate Moi’s discussion in contemporary terms.
Wednesday, 13 November, 2:30 p.m. -- Feminist Films
Guerrilla Midwife (2011)
Déja Bernhardt and Skwatta Camp Productions
"A globally acclaimed, award-winning documentary that takes you along the fragrant streets of Bali and desolate Acehanese refugee camps of the Indonesian Archipelago, where Midwife-Ibu Robin Lim finds herself at a time and place where midwifery is put to the test. This culturally mesmerizing, and sometimes heart-wrenching documentary vividly demonstrates why we must change our protocols for pregnancy and childbirth, and return to a gentle, natural method.” (from jacket cover)
Wednesday, 27 November 2:30 p.m. -- Ilaria Pivi, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial University
Partners of International Students. My internship at the ISA
The International Students Advising Office (ISA) at Memorial University provides services for approximately 1800 international students coming from 90 countries around the world. The ISA office not only offers support to students but it extends it to their partners and children. This presentation is based on my internship at the ISA office where I explore how partners of international students settle in St. John’s, what services are there to assist them, and what may be created.
6 December - Vigil to Mark the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre
Location and time to be announced