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Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

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October 2014

Feminists Theorize the Post-Liberalization State
Friday, October 24, 2014


9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

2239 Lane Hall


  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore
    Graduate Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, City University of New York
  • Ujju Aggarwal
    The New School
  • Amy Lind
    University of Cincinnati
  • Lamia Karim
    University of Oregon
  • Nancy Naples
    University of Connecticut
  • Eunice N. Sahle
    University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Christina Heatherton
    Center for Place, Politics, and Culture, City University of New York
  • Suzanne Bergeron
    University of Michigan
  • Dolly Daftari
    Western Michigan University
  • Leela Fernandes
    University of Michigan

In recent years, a great deal of academic research has focused on the negative effects of neo-liberalism and neo-liberal economic policies. Such scholarship often presumes the retreat or decline of the state. "Neo-liberalism" in this context often takes on a deterministic and ghostly character -- acting as a primary agent that reshapes socio-economic and cultural practices and permeates all forms of political life. However, research in comparative and historical contexts provides a more complex picture of the nature and causes of inequality. States, while restructured in varying ways, continue to play a central role in shaping the causes and responses to inequality. The nature of state formation affects processes of economic restructuring. Social movements that respond to various forms of inequality are immersed in complicated political dynamics with both the state and transnational and national capitalist actors. The objective of this symposium is to move beyond surface invocations of "neoliberalism" and provide an in-depth working group on the nature and practices of the post-liberalization state from historical, comparative and transnational perspectives.

Cosponsors: Department of Political Science, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of Women's Studies, Latina/o Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology

Lunch will be provided to attendees. Registration requested. More details to follow.

Feminist Science Studies Event: Laura Mamo
Monday, October 27, 2014


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2239 Lane Hall


  • Laura Mamo
    San Francisco State University

Laura Mamo (Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco, 2002) is Associate Professor of Health Education and core-faculty member in the Health Equity Institute for Research, Practice and Policy at San Francisco State University. Her work lies at the intersection of medical sociology, gender studies, and cultural studies of science, technology and medicine. Her research portfolio includes studies of gender and sexual inequalities in the areas of reproductive health, health social movements, (in)fertility biomedicine, contemporary biopolitics and biomedicalization, and "lifestyle" technologies such as sexual enhancement drugs, assistive aging technologies, menstrual suppression therapies and, most recently, HPV vaccines.

This talk is presented by IRWG's Feminist Science Studies program and cosponsored by the Reproductive Justice program.

Feminist Research Institutes Founders and Directors Panel
Thursday, October 30, 2014


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Rackham East Conference Room


  • Shelley Correll
    Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
  • Carrie Rentschler
    Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, McGill University
  • Carole Stabile
    Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon
  • Abigail Stewart
    ADVANCE Program, IRWG Founding Director, University of Michigan

This conversation with directors and founders from gender research institutes across the U.S. and Canada will explore the history, experiences, future challenges, and goals of research centers dedicated to studies of women, gender and sexuality.

November 2014

Gender: New Works, New Questions
Animal Acts: Performing Species Today edited by Holly Hughes and Una Chaudhuri

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2239 Lane Hall


  • Holly Hughes
    Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Women's Studies
  • Clare Croft
    School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
    American Culture, Latina/o Studies, Women's Studies
  • Irina Aristarkhova
    Stamps School of Art & Design, Women's Studies

We all have an animal story-the pet we loved, the wild animal that captured our childhood imagination, the deer the neighbor hit while driving. While scientific breakthroughs in animal cognition, the effects of global climate change and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary field of animal studies have complicated things, such stories remain a part of how we tell the story of being human.

Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (University of Michigan Press, 2014) is a collection of animal themed performance scripts by influential artists including Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Joseph Keckler, Carmelita Tropicana and Holly Hughes accompanied by commentaries by leading scholars in the fields of animal and performance studies. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and other issues central to the human project within the discourse of the "post human."

This panel is part of our Gender: New Works, New Questions series, which features new works by U-M faculty that engage gender and sexuality.

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Community of Scholars Symposium
Friday, November 14, 2014


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

2239 Lane Hall

Summer 2014 Community of Scholars participants present their research. More information to follow.

Persistence Pays Off: How Women Athletes Changed the Game at the University of Michigan

Thursday, November 20, 2014


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)


  • Sheryl Szady
    U-M Women's Sports Historian

This panel discussion will feature past and present U-M women athletes. More information forthcoming.

This event is part of the LSA Theme Semester on Sport & the University

January 2015

Exhibit Opening: Re-Imaging Gender
Thursday, January 15, 2015


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lane Hall Gallery

Opening reception for IRWG's juried art competition, Re-Imaging Gender.

Our understandings of gender have shifted dramatically in recent decades. No longer is gender a matter of an immutable binary, or a set of predetermined preferences and predilections. This exhibition--the first of its kind--both celebrates and interrogates the visual aspects of the re-imaging of gender.

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, IRWG invites graduate students to submit up to two works on paper and similar flat canvases for inclusion in Re-imaging Gender, a competitive, juried exhibition.

Selected works will be displayed at the Lane Hall Gallery, a space shared by IRWG and the U-M Department of Women's Studies, from January 15 - June 26, 2015.

March 2015

Seminar in Honor of Patsy Yaeger
Friday, March 13, 2015


9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

3222 Angell Hall


  • Joseph Boone
  • Susan Gubar
  • Marianne Hirsch
  • Arlene Keizer
  • Nancy Miller

Honoring the memory of Professor Patsy Yaeger. More details forthcoming.

Reception to follow.