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Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

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September 2014

IRWG Cosponsored Event: Pussy Riot / Zona Prava
Thursday, September 18, 2014


5:10 PM - 6:30 PM

Michigan Theater

Founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot and Zona Prava, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina are Russian conceptual artists and political activists.

In August 2012, following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, they were sentenced to two years' imprisonment. In March 2014 they opened the Mordovia office of Zona Prava, their newly created prisoners' rights NGO. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipients.

Presented by the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series, with cosponsorship from IRWG.

IRWG Cosponsored Event: Feminist Trajectories in the History of Thought: Perspectives from India
Friday, September 19, 2014


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

1644 School of Social Work Building


  • Mary John
    Center for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi

Mary E. John is Senior Fellow and Professor at the Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi. She has been working in the fields of women's studies and feminist politics for many years. She was Director of CWDS from 2006-2012, and before that was Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Women's Studies Programme at JNU, New Delhi from 2001-2006.

Her publications include the co-authored "Planning Families, Planning Gender: Addressing the Adverse Sex Ratio in selected districts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab" (2008) and the single authored "Discrepant Dislocations: Feminism, Theory and Post-colonial Histories" (1996). She has edited Women's Studies in India: A Reader (2008) and co-edited "A Question of Silence? The Sexual Economies of Modern India" (2000).

This lecture is presented by the Center for South Asian Studies.

Lila Abu-Lughod: Caught in the Cross-Publics of the "Muslimwoman"
Monday, September 22, 2014


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)


  • Lila Abu-Lughod
    Columbia University (Anthropology and Gender Studies)

In this lecture Professor Abu-Lughod will reflect on two unanticipated aspects of the passionate and polarized after-life of her attempt to intervene in debates about Muslim women and their rights, through her book Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

She explains, "Although my intention was to present alternatives to the highly mediated, and institutionalized public production of what miriam cooke has called 'the Muslimwoman,' first by subjecting the debates to ethnographic scrutiny and second by offering alternative frameworks drawn from long-term fieldwork in Egypt, the work was received unevenly by diverse publics. Responses ranged from near-silence from the target public to discomfiting anger from a Palestinian hip hop group with a feminist song on the one hand to touching personal affirmations from marginalized counter-publics of Muslim women in the West on the other. Marilyn Strathern long ago pointed to the awkwardness of the relationship between anthropology and feminism. This awkwardness may have intensified as feminism has gone transnational and aligned itself with human rights and humanitarianism."

Cosponsors: Arab American Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, & Department of Near Eastern Studies

Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science and director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, where she also teaches anthropology and gender studies. She is a former director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and also of the Center for the Study of Social Difference. A leading voice in the debates about gender, Islam, and global feminist politics, her books and articles have been translated into 13 languages. Her scholarship, strongly ethnographic, has focused on the relationship between cultural forms and power; the politics of knowledge and representation of the Muslim world; and the dynamics of gender and the question of human and women's rights in the Middle East. Her award-winning books include Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society; Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories; Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East; and Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt. Her most recent book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?, was published by Harvard University Press in 2013.

IRWG Cosponsored Event: Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment
Monday, September 29, 2014


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Palmer Commons, Forum Hall


  • Robert K. Musil
    Adjunct Professor of Environmental Politics, History, and Senior Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

Environmental leader Robert K. Musil is the author of the acclaimed Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment (Rutgers, 2014) and Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Rutgers, 2009). He teaches environmental politics and history at American University in Washington, DC where he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. Trained in environmental health, literature and the humanities, Musil holds degrees from Yale, Northwestern, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and honorary degrees in science and humane letters.

Musil was the longest-serving CEO of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and popular lecturer on college campuses. A former award-winning nationally-syndicated broadcaster, his most recent voicing is as narrator of the prize-winning documentary film, Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War.

In Rachel Carson and Her Sisters,, Robert K. Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson, linking her work to a wide network of American women activists and writers and introducing her to a new, contemporary audience. Rachel Carson was the first American to combine two longstanding, but separate strands of American environmentalism--the love of nature and a concern for human health. Widely known for her 1962 best-seller, Silent Spring, Carson is today often perceived as a solitary "great woman," whose work single-handedly launched a modern environmental movement. But as Musil demonstrates, Carson's life's work drew upon and was supported by already existing movements, many led by women, in conservation and public health.

On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, this book helps underscore Carson's enduring environmental legacy and brings to life the achievements of women writers and advocates, such as Ellen Swallow Richards, Dr. Alice Hamilton, Terry Tempest Williams, Sandra Steingraber, Devra Davis, and Theo Colborn, all of whom overcame obstacles to build and lead the modern American environmental movement.

This event is presented by the Department of Women's Studies and co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the School of Public Health, The ADVANCE Program, and Michigan Community Scholars.

October 2014

LGQRI Event: Thirty Years of "Thinking Sex"
Thursday, October 2, 2014


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)


  • Gayle Rubin
    Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan
  • Mark Jordan
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Christian Thought, Harvard Divinity School
  • Heather Love
    R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
  • Carole S. Vance
    Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Tavia Nyong'o
    Associate Professor of Performance Studies, New York University
  • Rostom Mesli
    Sylvia "Duffy" Engle Graduate Student Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan

As part of IRWG's 20th anniversary celebration, LGQRI will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Gayle Rubin's essay "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality."

In a half-day symposium, six scholars will address how Professor Rubin's piece has been generative in LGBTQ and sexuality studies, the essay's impact across the disciplines, and adaptations to new topics and concerns in the present and future.

Registration requested.

Cosponsors: IRWG, University Library, Screen Arts & Cultures, Departments of History, Comparative Literature, and American Culture

SHARP Event: Bigger, Stronger, Faster*: Steroids, Sports, and Masculine Pressures
Tuesday, October 7, 2014


6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

3222 Angell Hall


  • Philip Veliz

Christopher Bell's 2008 documentary examines performance enhancing drug use, bodybuilding subculture, and America's obsession with winning.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion about some of the pressures boys and men face with respect to managing a masculine identity in American society. In particular, part of the discussion will focus on the stress associated with managing a competent masculine identity within the social world of competitive sports participation and how it is associated with substance abuse, violence, and diminished health.

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

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.