8 New topics courses in GWS/LGBTQ+ Studies
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Gen&WS 320: The Female Body in the World
How do bodies inform lived experience? How are bodies situated in matrices of privilege and oppression? What are the politics of the body? This course explores the social, cultural, and political construction of bodies of women and girls in global perspective. We consider specifically the bodies of women and girls, bodies that identify and are identified as female, as bodies that have historically and traditionally been sites of political contention, of societal meaning making, of cultural symbolism, and active resistance.
In this course we seek to challenge what we think we know about bodies, challenging tacit knowledge and investigating how normative discourses of the female body are formed across cultures, around the world. We will consider the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, neoliberalism, “global” feminism, imperialism, capitalism and other economic systems, and human rights movements, on cultural conceptions of health, ability, beauty, and the “value” of female bodies.
Gen&WS 320: Gendered Labor: Pregnancy, Parenting, and Disability
In this class we will explore how parenthood, particularly motherhood, is (mis)gendered and controlled in US culture, through social structures such as criminalization and incarceration, medicalization and healthcare systems, and social media and “parenting groups” of various types.
Gen&WS 340: Contemporary Queer Art and Visual Culture
As examined through this course, queer art and visual culture are defined not only through their subject matter but also by the methods through which they appropriate and subvert conventional visual practices. Such tactics may include a work’s means of production, its formal properties, and the conditions of its reception. The political imperatives of a queer or queered position, linked to the intersections of race, class, sex and gender will shape thematic investigations of practices related to activism, documentation, abstraction, mining the archive, craft, camp, and drag, among others. Case studies will be drawn from film, performance, comics, video games, and fine art. Projects will engage text- and studio-based research in an interdisciplinary push to integrate theory and practice.No prior art or design experience required.
Gen&WS 340: Queer Theory, Queer Performance
“Queer” is a word that does different things for different people. For some, it names an identity or a community—sexy or subversive, a kind of shelter or a somewhere over the rainbow. For others, it’s none of those things—anti-identity, or outdated, or too complicit with systems of oppression. We can hear such people asking, arms folded, “Is ‘queer’ over?” With an eye toward these disagreements, this course invites students to explore what queerness is and does through an engagement with both the field of queer theory and the repertoire of queer performance. Throughout the semester, students will grapple with concepts including but not limited to the closet, the binary, intersectionality, performativity, temporality, attachment, desire, stigma, and worldmaking. We will strive, while moving through various moments in queer history (the early AIDS crisis, marriage equality, etc.), to articulate gender and sexuality to race, (dis)ability, nation, class, and other categories of otherness. Ultimately, always, and at a minimum, this course will ask the following questions: How is queerness performed? How is it theorized? How or what does queer theory perform? How or what does queer performance theorize?
Gen&WS 350: Women Writers and Social Fictions in 20th Century Literature
This course is on twentieth-century literature that portrays women who write and women who are creative. This course also includes visual art by women to compliment and complicate themes in literature about women’s creativity. We will look at how authors use female characters to address women’s artistic status in society. We will also examine different forms of creativity and different access to the creative realm among women in literature.
Throughout the semester, this course engages the following questions:
- How does the portrayal of writerly and creative female characters vary based on their author’s identity politics?
- How do female characters’ gender, race, sexuality, and locationality shape their creativity?
- What historical, institutional, and systemic obstacles have shaped what women write and which women write?
- How does visual art of and by women expand or re-see literary theories of creativity?
Readings consist of fiction written by women, nonfiction articles by women directly addressing artistry, and fiction by men on this topic. Visual art includes films, theater performance, art installations, and textiles.
African Cultural Studies 405: Gender and Sexuality in Afro-futurism
Afrofuturism is a new and rapidly developing interdisciplinary genre. It is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history that addresses the developing intersection of African cultural expressivities and performances with technology. One key question will guide this course: How does the Afrofuturist genre (re)imagine gender norms and sexual identities on the continent and in the diaspora?Students will be encouraged to think critically about how Afrofuturism should be put into practice.
The coursework includes readings and written critical responses. The course’s one major paper will require interdisciplinary research on gender and sexuality in Afrofuturism.
Because Afrofuturism is a developing interdisciplinary genre, course materials will draw from diverse disciplines and sources including films, music, podcasts, documentaries, street art, dance, photography, Instagram, and clothing practices as well as scholarly texts. Readings include Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness (2015) edited by Reynaldo Anderson and Charles E. Jones, Children of Blood and Bone (2018) by Tomi Adeyemi, How Long ‘til Black Future Month? (2018) by N. K. Jemisin, and World of Wakanda (2016) by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, the first black women to author a series for Marvel Comics.
Gen&WS 449: From Past Feminisms to Postfeminism: Feminism for the 21st Century
Where have we come from and where are we going? This class is designed to take us on a journey and tell stories of knowledge building over time. Exploring feminist theories from a broad array of disciplines and perspectives, we will begin in the significance of the Second Wave, consciousness raising, political pamphlets, personal manifestos, and the emerging feminist ideology of the “personal is political.” As we continue on through the course, we will read renowned work in the scholarly arenas of Black feminist thought, psychoanalytic feminism, queer theory, theory from disability studies, fat studies, ecofeminism, and transnational and global feminisms. A central aim of this course is to identify and address crucial areas of contestation that punctuate the dynamic relationships among texts from past and present —the arrivals, departures, and returns —in feminist theory. Together, we will listen to voices that align, and voices that dissent. We will engage with the work of writers and thinkers from the past, and bring these ideas to our current cultural configurations and conceptualizations of feminism(s) and feminist movement(s).
Gen&WS 533: Topics in Women and Health
Stay tuned for the GWS 533 course title and description….
AAUW Panel on Women in the Workplace
Enjoy some free pizza, hang out with folks in the new UW-Madison AAUW chapter, and learn from a panel of professionals about the challenges women face in diverse workplaces.
Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in Sterling Hall, room 2301
This is a great opportunity to make positive changes to campus climate (and build your resume)! Exec Board members typically work 1-3 hours/week.
Public Relations Chair
The Public Relations Chair updates social media, creates weekly emails for club members, maintains the club email inbox and the ties we have to our contacts, and advocates for the club in GWS classrooms at the beginning of each semester.
The Events Organizer develops one GWS Club event and one collaborative event (joining forces with related orgs on campus) each semester. Both events must be enjoyable and accessible social opportunities for all club members.
The Volunteer Organizer relays 1-3 volunteer opportunities/month to the Public Relations Chair for any club member to attend, as well as coordinating campus community events (such as free candy and affirmations, picking up garbage, etc.) and activism events (marches, rallys, etc.).
The Finance Chair collects dues from members, manages the GWS Club bank account and Venmo, and collects money from fundraisers. The Finance Chair is also responsible for finding and filling out grant applications and printing club materials each semester.
If you are interested, please fill out the GWS Club Exec Board Application and send it to email@example.com.
Applications are due Sunday, April 28 at 8 pm.
HCET Wisconsin (Health Care Education & Training)
HCET Wisconsin provides comprehensive program development, education, and training to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes. Find details about the internship and how to apply on the HCET internship information page.
Cover letter and resume due April 19, 2019.
Intern with Girls, Inc.
Are you looking for an internship this summer? Consider working with Girls, Inc., a national organization with local chapters that build mentoring relationships with girls. Girls, Inc. programs encourage wellness, academic enrichment, professional development, and leadership.
Look over the Girls Inc. summer position details including information about how to apply.
WI HealthCorps Positions for 2019-2020
WI HealthCorps is recruiting graduating students interested in learning more about health care in Wisconsin. During a year of service WI HealthCorps members are placed in Community Health Centers, Public Health Departments, and Health-Focused Non-profits to serve our state’s most vulnerable populations.
Intern with Governor Evers
The Office of the Governor is looking for energetic, responsible, and passionate students. Interns will be an integral part of the work of the Governor’s office helping in either the constituent services, proclamations, appointments, policy, communications, or legislative affairs departments.
Intern with State Senator Jeff Smith
Are you interested in public policy? State Senator Jeff Smith, representing the 31st district (northwestern WI), is looking for students interested in an unpaid internship. Interns typically conduct policy research, summarize legislation, and respond to constituent inquiries. L&S offers scholarships to support unpaid internships (due March 31).
Intern with State Senator Lena Taylor
WI in Washington Program
The WI in Washington Program offers students the opportunity to earn course credit as an intern with a federal agency, an NGO, or a DC non-profit. This is like study abroad in DC (which is much, much warmer than WI).
Applications due this March for spring 2020.
International Internship Program
Are you interested in spending time abroad during summer? Consider the International Internship Program (IIP). There are often internships with a focus on gender and economic development, education, or communications. IIP hosts drop-ins every Friday from 10 am to 1 pm in 259 Bascom.
GWS Pizza Lunches
Join students, faculty, alumni, and community leaders for lunch and casual conversation.
Please email us if you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies and we will work to accommodate them; there will always be gluten-free and vegan options.
PATCH's Approach to Community Health
Join us for lunch and conversation with GWS alum, Erica Koepsel. Erica is the Program Implementation Manager for the PATCH Program (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health). PATCH prioritizes raising the voices of young people to build young advocates and improve health care communication and access.
Erica supervises a diverse group of high school students who help improve communication about a variety of health-related topics including sexual health, mental health, alcohol and drug use, and LGBTQ+ health.
Wednesday, February 1 from 12 to 1 pm in 3401 Sterling Hall
Applying to Graduate Programs
Join Kate Phelps for a conversation about what it is like to apply to, and survive, a PhD program. Kate Phelps is completing a PhD in Sociology this semester and teaches the wildly popular GWS 320: “The Female Body in the World: Gender and Body Politics in Cross-Cultural Perspective.”
Tuesday, February 19 from 12 to 1 pm in 3401 Sterling.
Undergraduate Research in GWS
Are you interested in doing gender studies research? A senior thesis? Hear from GWS students who are working on year-long projects.
GWS majors Ashley Annis, Melady Elifritz, and Emma Morales Leslie are completing senior thesis projects this semester. Susan Maloney (GWS) and Abigail Sann (Community and Environmental Sociology/Legal Studies) are completing a Wisconsin Idea Fellowship on food insecurity at Madison College.
All of them will share their experiences and practical advice about how they got to their topics and what the research process has been like this year.
Wednesday, March 6 from 12 to 1 pm in 3401 Sterling Hall.
Resume Workshop for GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies Students
This is an opportunity to work together to build a more effective resume as you apply to summer internships and/or jobs after graduation. We will play with different formats and practice writing strong experience descriptions. Please sign up so we know what questions you have.
There will be snacks including gf and vegan options.
Wednesday, March 27 from 12:15 to 1:30 pm in 3425 Sterling Hall.
Q&A with Professor Keisha Lindsay
Many of you have taken a feminist theory course with Professor Lindsay. Read this Q&A about Lindsay’s new book, In a Classroom of Their Own: the Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools.
Now is the time to apply to graduate in your Student Center if you plan to graduate in May or August 2019.
Campus is using a new tool to schedule advising appointments. Add Starfish to your MyUW page and log-in with your net id and password. In Starfish, you can search for Gender and Women's Studies and/or LGBTQ+ Studies under Services. You should also be able to see my name and all of your campus advisors listed in your "Success Network."
A safe and sober space, Rainbow Recovery is a peer-led, empowerment-based, and language positive recovery group for the LGBTQA community and allies.
Meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm in the SAC 3103
Volunteer with the CWC
Connect with the Campus Women’s Center to learn about events and volunteer opportunities in the community. Interested?
Volunteer with UNIDOS
UNIDOS is looking for students with Spanish language proficiency for a variety of volunteer, intern, and staff positions. UNIDOS supports survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dane County with a focus on the Latinx community. For more information, contact Manuel Cerda at firstname.lastname@example.org