Gender Studies Symposium

Gender and Performance Symposium

March 31st to April 2st 2016

Sponsored by:
Department of Gender Studies
Community Health and Humanities
Scholarship in the Arts Fund (Office of the Provost/Vice President Academic)

Guest Lecturer:  Dr. Tami Spry, St. Cloud State University. 

Dr. Spry is a Professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Her national and international publication and performance work focuses on issues of race, gender violence, mental health, and loss as articulated through performative autoethnography and non-traditional texts. Dr. Spry's publications appear in Text and Performance Quarterly, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, Women and Language, as well as other journals and various anthologies. Her book Body/Paper/Stage: Writing and Performing Autoethnography (Left Coast Press: 2011) has received critical acclaim in autoethnography and performance studies.


Thursday, 31 March

Dr. Tami Spry

Lecture and discussion: Autoethnography and the Other - the Willful Embodiment of "We"

To be held in conjunction with GNDR 3000 (10:30-11:45 am, AA 1049)

Open to public.


Friday, 1 April

A full day of collaborative exchange!

9:00-10:30 am     Collaborative Exchanges I  (SN 4087)

Sonja Boon – Coordinates: At Sea
Laura Moncion – Queer Medieval History and Identities Across Time
Pam Hall - TBD

10:15  Break and move to AA 1043

10:30-12:00 pm

Tami Spry - By the Roots: A Blood Fugue (35 minutes)
A performance dealing with issues surrounding gender, mental health and aging.

Post-performance discussion

1:30-2:45 pm     Collaborative Exchanges II  (SN 4087)

Natalie Beausoleil – Coming full circle through autoethnography: journey of an artist and sociologist in the health field
Jennifer Dyer – On Nudes

2:45 pm Break

3:00-5:00 pm     Collaborative Exchanges III  (SN 4087)

Elise Thorburn - TBD
Carol-Lynne D’Arcangelis – The Embodied Nature of Solidarity Work
Rachel Landy - TBD
Joanne Harris - But there are no Indians in Newfoundland

Saturday, 2 April

Rocket Bakery
272 Water Street

1:30-3:30 pm     Performing Identities

Dr. Tami Spry - By the Roots: A Blood Fugue
Megan Morrison - Creating With Care
Lori Clarke - Embodiment/voice(s)/art practices
Daze Jefferies - Build M/e Better