Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

18th Annual Gender and Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: March 24-25, 2011

Precarious Spaces: (Dis-)Locating Gender

The Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Gender and Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, which will take place March 24th and 25th, 2011. Each year the SBAI conference features considerations of gender, sexuality, and women's studies from varied disciplinary fields. These include but are not limited to art, art history, cultural studies, education, film, history, geography, law, literary studies, linguistics, media studies, medicine, music, philosophy, and political science. The conference aims to foster an environment of interdisciplinary communication, knowledge exchange, and collaboration.



Thursday, March 24th
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library


  5:00 PM – Opening Reception & Keynote Address

Opening Remarks

Wendi B. Heinzelman, Dean of Graduate Studies
Honey Meconi, Director Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies

Keynote Address
 "In Defense of Penis Envy, and Other Unsayables: Tarrying with the Unprogressive"
by Laura Kipnis, Professor of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University


Friday, March 25th
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

9:00 AM—10:40 AM Panel One - Containing and Controlling the Body
Moderator:  Marilyn Walker - Department of Liberal Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology

-Elisabeth Harrison (York University) “Containing, Controlling, Consuming Women: The Gendered Spaces of ‘Mental Illness’ in Public Service Announcements and Direct-To-Consumer Advertisements.”
-Rosemary Avance (University of Pennsylvania) “Transgressions of shared bodyspace: On the contested ownership of the impregnated body.”
-Barbara Fornssler (European Graduate School) “The edge of affect: Positioning the moving body by locating gender.”
-Sarah Steele (University of Oxford) “An Evil, Contaminating Force: Discourses of Disgust, Moral Pollution, Masculinity and the Trafficker in United States Anti-Trafficking Action 2000-2010.”

10:50 AM—12:30 PM Panel Two - (Dis) Placement and Interstices
Moderator:  Joan Saab - The Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rochester

-Berin Golonu (University of Rochester) “Material Metaphors of Violence and Displacement in Mona Hatoum’s Sculptures.”
-Christina Hastie (University of Tennessee) “Songs of Violence: Murder, Misogyny, and Feminine Identity in Precarious Spaces.” 
-Christine Nejeer (University of Louisville) “The bicycle equaled myself plus the world”: Cycling, Space and Frances Willard’s Usable Past.”
-Deborah Naybor (University of Buffalo) “Tracking Women:  The Movement of Women in Rural Uganda.”

12:30 PM—1:10 PM   LUNCH

1:20 PM—3:00 PM Panel Three - Querying Intimacy
Moderator:  David Bleich - The Department of English at the University of Rochester

-Liz Goodfellow (University of Rochester) "The Archive and Contested Subcultural History: The End of Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For."
-Andrew Thomas (University of Rochester) “LGBTQ Curricular Decision Making:  Identity, Democracy, and Citizenship in the Secondary Social Studies.”
-Shannon Wilson (Taxas A&M University) “The L Word and Lesbian Identity: Language, Lessons, and Location.”
-Jenevive Nykolak (University of Rochester) “Queer Space and Time in David Wojnarowicz’s Arthur Rimbaud in New York, 1978-79.”

3:10 PM—4:30 PM Panel Four - The Carnivalesque
Moderator:  Burke Scarbrough - Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester

-Katie Van Wert (University of Rochester) "American Carnivalesque: Queer Counterpublics at Home and Abroad."
-Jessica Lewis-Turner (Temple University) “Looking Medically: The Doctor and the Bearded Lady.”
-Stevi Costa (University of Washington) “‘One ever feels their twoness’: Transnational Illegibility and the Siamese Twin in Lawrence Chua’s Gold by the Inch.”

4:45 PM—6:00 PM    Closing Comments & Reception in the Hartnett Gallery


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