Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Events

Spring 2021 Events

FGSS ANNUAL DIANE WEISS '80 MEMORIAL LECTURE 
Because of Sex: Trans Identity and the Law with Dr. Gayle Salamon
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 4:30PM- 6:00PM (EST) | via Zoom | Webinar ID 950 2205 3923
with ASL interpretation and live captioning

Last year, the Supreme Court held In Bostock v. Clayton County that discrimination against gay and transgender individuals is indeed discrimination "on the basis of sex", which is prohibited by title XII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This talk will analyze the court’s understanding of sex, sexuality, gender, and transgender that emerges from the oral arguments and the written holding in Bostock, and explain how this case helped me rethink some of my own positions about the relation between gender and sexuality. 


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 SPRING OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE MAJORS
TBD | via Zoom

FGSS SENIOR RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
TBD | via Zoom


Fall 2020 Events

FALL OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE MAJORS
Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 12PM - 1PM (EST) | via Zoom

FGSS FALL SYMPOSIUM, Access, Aesthetics, and Activism. 
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 5PM (EST) | via Zoom

This year, the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program’s Fall Symposium welcomes Alice Sheppard, dancer, choreographer, and founder of the disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light, and Moya Bailey, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University.

In her “Intersectional Disability Arts Manifesto,” Sheppard writes, “Disability is more than the deficit of diagnosis. It is an aesthetic, a series of intersecting cultures, and a creative force. I hold myself accountable to the lives and loves from this definition of disability.”[1] As Kinetic Light’s members explain, “Access is a central part of the art and our creative process,” which unfolds through “rigorous investment in the histories, cultures, and artistic work of disabled people and people of color.”[2]

Bailey approaches access and intersectionality through activism, critical interventions into fields like Digital Humanities, and fostering conversations between Black Feminism and Disability Studies. As Bailey and co-author Izetta Autumn Mobley insist in their article “Work in the Intersections,” “When disability is more seriously regarded within Black Studies, race within Disability Studies, and gender in both, there are an infinite number of revolutions that a Black feminist disability framework can help bring about.”[3] 

Through the constellation access, aesthetics, and activism, the Symposium aims to foster a space for thinking in concert the revolutionary possibilities that intersectional disability arts and intersectional disability studies imagine and engender.

Related readings:

[1] Alice Sheppard, https://alicesheppard.com/intersectional-disability-arts-manifesto/.

[2] Kinetic Light, “About,” https://kineticlight.org/about.

[3] Moya Bailey and Izetta Autumn Mobley, “Work in the Intersections: A Black Feminist Disability Framework,” Gender & Society 33, no. 1 (Feb. 2019): 19-40 (35).

 

Signature Events:

Symposia Sponsored by FGSS Program (click to learn more)

Diane Weiss '80 Memorial Lectures (click to learn more)