Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies

In 1970, the field of women’s, gender and feminist studies was launched and was able to thrive in the ensuing years. NCRW was established in 1982 to create a supportive network for the burgeoning women’s research movement. Today, there are more than 900 women’s studies programs in the US with more than 10,000 courses offered on college campuses. Much of the curriculum is interdisciplinary and, in many instances, mainstreamed across subject areas. From the social sciences to liberal arts, fine arts and the sciences, feminist theory and framing (especially the intersection of race, gender and class) is having an important impact across disciplines in academia and beyond.

Red Networks: Women Writers and the Blacklist in Television

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03/13/2010

Carole Stabile, Director, Center for the Study of Women in Society; Professor, English and School of Journalism and Communication, will talk about the blacklisting of women television writers during the anti-communist crusade at this CSWS “Road Scholars” presentation.

“Understanding Disabled Women’s Experience with Abuse: Recasting Identities while Conducting Collaborative Anticipatory Research”

Date/Time: 
03/10/2010

Deborah Olson, assistant professor, Special Education

This project complements research being conducted by the Trauma Healing Project, which is examining how survivors experience trauma in order to understand the mechanisms of healing and to promote healing practices to service providers and the community.

The research will be expanded to include women with disabilities who are also survivors of trauma.

Location: 330 Hendricks Hall, Jane Grant Conference Room

Finding Face: A Film About Violence Against Women

Date/Time: 
03/04/2010

“‘Finding Face’ details the controversial case of Tat Marina, who was attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999. At 16, Marina was a rising star in Phnom Penh’s karaoke music scene. She was coerced into an abusive relationship with Cambodia’s Undersecretary of State, Svay Sitha, and subsequently doused with a liter of nitric acid—allegedly by his wife—that disfigured her face. A decade later, despite the fact that there were multiple witnesses to the crime, no charges have ever been filed in the case” (from the Finding Face website).

Fat and Identity Politics, UCLA

UCLA Center for the Study of Women presents Paul Campos, author of "The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health." In this talk, he discusses efforts to make fat people thin, through weight-loss diets, drugs, and surgery. Campos sees weight as a political and social issue and notes that body size is often used as a tool of discrimination, especially against women. Organized by Prof Abigail Saguy, Department of Sociology at UCLA, this talk is part of the Gender and Body Size lecture series, which addresses the new interdisciplinary field of "fat studies." Recent discussions of body weight have been dominated by health policy concerns over the so-called obesity epidemic. Despite a long tradition of feminist critique of fat hatred as a problem of patriarchy, there has been very little critique of the growing emphasis on the importance of slenderness for health reasons.

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Introducing the UCLA Center for the Study of Women

This video is a short history of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, an internationally recognized center for research on women, gender, and sexuality.

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Presentation "Chicana por mi Raza: Uncovering the Hidden History of Chicana Feminism"

Date/Time: 
03/17/2010

Location: CEW, 330 E. Liberty Street

 

"Starving for Identity: A Grounded Analysis of the Pro-Anorexia Movement"

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04/13/2010

"The present research used grounded theory to critically analyze the pro-anorexia movement. 24 pro-anorexia websites were systematically coded for a unifying emergent theory. The findings indicate that the pro-ana cyber community represents a collective effort to establish a shared social understanding or identity among individuals who feel confused, isolated or subjugated - and have significant issues with food and weight. Pro-anorexia websites provide users a new context to enhance or redefine their self-concepts and/or stigmatized identity. Pro-anorexia subscription affords the opportunity to create and validate an identity that is protected under a shroud of technological anonymity. Interestingly, there seems to be two dominant pro-anorexia accounts or perspectives. One account seems to emphasize pro-anorexia as a sanctuary, and a means to gain a deeper understanding of their disease or disorder ...

The Center for Feminist Research and the Gender Studies Program at USC Women are pleased to announce that Diana Nyad will be speaking at our 11th annual Women in Higher Education luncheon.

Date/Time: 
03/25/2010

Diana Nyad is an American swimmer and world record holder. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1986. Nyad was honored with her induction in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003. She currently provides a five-minute radio piece on sports every week for KCRW and National Public Radio called The Score, as well as for the Marketplace radio program.

The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Annual Awards Celebration

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04/29/2010

The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Annual Awards Celebration.

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities Women’s Studies Student Conference Dinner

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04/09/2010 - 04/10/2010

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities Women’s Studies Student Conference dinner.

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