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.
WINTER SEMESTER 2014
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.”
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.
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.
April - TBD - Feminist Film
The World Before Her (2012)
“Twenty young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp – they are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India we visit a camp for young girls run by the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, the girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women. Moving between the transformative action at both campus and the characters’ private lives, The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment.” (taken from website)