Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Events
Thursday, February 9, 2017 (FGSS co-sponsor)
Reading from Eli Clare's book Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure
Come hear writer, activist, and poet Eli Clare read from his brand new book Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (Duke University Press 2017). Brilliant Imperfection combines memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Clare grapples with cure as a knot of contradictions, weaving together race, disability, sexuality, class, gender, and environmental politics. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Join author Mary Mahoney for a reading from THE DOULAS, followed by Q&A.
ABOUT THE DOULAS: RADICAL CARE FOR PREGNANT PEOPLE— Through their unique hands-on activism, full-spectrum doulas provide tangible support for those confronting life, death, and the sticky in-between.
As more feminism migrates online, the activist providers of the Doula Project remain focused on life’s physically intimate relationships: between caregivers and patients, parents and pregnancy, individuals and their own bodies. They are committed to supporting a pregnancy no matter the outcome—whether it results in birth, abortion, miscarriage, or adoption—and to facing the question of choice head-on.
"Eye-opening… Throughout, the authors' stories are vivid, absorbing, and informative. A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers.” —Kirkus
"Thoughtful... The writing is clear, and the message is too: reproductive justice for the poor starts with the “quiet brand of activism” of one-on-one support and telling other people’s stories." —Publishers Weekly
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The 29th Annual Diane Weiss Memorial Lecture
University of Toronto
7pm - 9pm
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (FGSS co-sponsor)
Feminist Activist Ethnography
Dana-Ain Davis & Christa Craven