8 topics courses for fall 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
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 For others, it’s none of those things—anti-identity, or outdated, or too complicit with systems of oppression.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….
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Intern with PATCH
Intern with the Department of Public Health
Public Health Madison & Dane County’s Breastfeeding Community Team is hiring an intern to begin in fall 2019. Projects might include:
- Outreach to agencies, community organizations, non-profits, businesses, and other partners within the identified First Food Desert to help set up lactation rooms.
- Identifying gaps in access to public lactation spaces using PHMDC’s existing public lactation map.
- Outreach to city and county buildings that do not have lactation rooms, and support in setting up a space with signs.
- Connect eligible partners to PHMDC’s micro-grant opportunities to provide materials and supplies needed to create a lactation room.
- Promote breastfeeding/chestfeeding and raise awareness that it is legal to breastfeed/chestfeed in public.
Please contact GWS alum, Kristine Omen (KOmen@publichealthmdc.com), for more information about how to apply.
WI HealthCorps Positions, 2019-2020
WI HealthCorps is recruiting 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 manage databases, answer phones, draft constituent responses, and conduct policy research. This fall, there may be opportunities for interns to attend session days, sit in on meetings, and join staff for in-district events.
Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute
Consider participating in the 2019-2020 Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute. The Institute trains a cohort of 30 women each year in communications, leadership, and policy-making. Find policy topics from past years and more information about how to apply on the WWN Policy Institute website.
Applications are due Friday, August 23.
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.
Do you plan to study abroad in 2020? Apply for a Study Abroad Scholars Award. This scholarship program offers students $1,500 for summer study abroad programs, $3,000 for semester-long programs, and $4,000 for year-long programs. You will find the application in the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).
Applications are due Monday, September 23
The GWS Reading Room is open Monday – Friday during summer. This is a space to hang out, study, stare out the window, and/or chat with one another. Stay tuned for coffee and tea times resuming at the beginning of fall semester.
GWS Pizza Lunches
Join students, faculty, alumni, and community leaders for lunch and casual conversation. Pizza lunches will resume in fall. We can’t wait to see you there!
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.
Are you gearing up for the new semester? Contact the undergraduate advisor for GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies if you have questions.
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
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.