NOTCHES Publishes the Work of Students in GSS 337

Today NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality <notchesblog.com> will be publishing the work of the students in GSS 337: Reproductive Politics in the United States and Abroad Since 1945, taught by Gillian Frank, PhD, Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton.
 
This past semester students interviewed Mary Ziegler, author of After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate (Harvard 2015). The syllabus for Reproductive Politics in the United States and Abroad, introduced students to the histories of ideas and practices governing abortion, adoption, contraception, procreation, and parenting, and emphasized how each shifted over time and underpinned major social struggles in the United States and abroad. Students examined in detail the changing and conflicting ways that the state, medical experts, religious authorities, activists, and everyday people negotiated reproductive issues. In so doing, they developed a rich vocabulary to think about reproductive politics in a number of registers including the histories of race and ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, colonialism, and technology.
 
Three classes at the end of the semester were devoted to engaging with Ziegler’s study. Students prepared discussion questions in advance and each class began by identifying the main arguments and interventions of each chapter, connecting Ziegler’s book with broader course themes, and reflecting upon the possibilities and limitations of the book. Through these conversations, students generated questions collectively. They then devoted a significant portion of time to testing out their questions and working through the implications. At the end of each class, they discussed big picture questions, collectively speaking about where Ziegler fit in the syllabus, and thinking about how to frame her interventions. During the final class of the semester, students voted on which questions to send to Professor Ziegler. They then carefully edited their questions for clarity and accuracy. Knowing that Professor Ziegler would respond to them gave students’ reading additional purpose, sharpened their inquiries, and enlivened the discussion.
 
NOTCHES, an international and peer reviewed blog devoted to the history of sexuality, will publish this interview. With thousands of subscribers and readers, the great work of the students in GSS will be given a wide audience. 
 
Here's the link to the GSS 337 publication: http://notchesblog.com/2016/01/21/after-roe-engaging-the-lost-history-of-the-abortion-debate/.

Former Meredith Miller Lecturer, Judith Kaye, Passes Away at 77

Judith S. Kaye, the first woman named to the highest court in New York and the first to serve as the state’s chief judge — a job she held longer than any of her 21 male predecessors — died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 77. Judith was the 2010 Meredith Miller Lecturer.

GSS 397: Feminist Media Studies presented a symposium entitled “#feminism”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 30, 2015
 
Media Contact: Melissa Deem, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University, mdeem@princeton.edu
 
**Symposium on gender and public discourse held at Princeton**
 
A symposium on gender and public discourse, “#feminism,” was held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in McCormick Hall, Room 101, at Princeton University.
 
The symposium, sponsored by the University’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, was free and open to the public. A discussion and reception followed the event.
 
The symposium was presented as part of a gender and sexuality studies course, “Feminist Media Studies/Media Representations of Feminism,” taught by Melissa Deem, associate research scholar and lecturer in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students in the course consider discourses of feminism that are not usually put in direct conversation. In a choice-driven world, the course asks how the media defines and enforces boundaries for what gendered people can say, do and be.
 
Students have explored the ways in which cultural conceptions of gender emerge and how they function to enable and restrain the public voices of those not necessarily positioned in traditionally privileged ways.
 
Along with participating in the symposium, students are contributing to the “feministvoices” blog. The course will be taught again next academic year and will continue with developing these and other venues for creating authoritative feminist discourse by students.  Each semester the students not only choose their own topic, but also collaboratively develop the theme of the symposium.
 
For the symposium, students chose topics that they feel passionately about and developed in-depth studies of the media discourses that circulate about that topic. In doing so, the students were able to make original and innovative interventions in a complex media environment that too often trivializes, silences or ridicules feminist and non-normative voices.
 
“Feminist studies of media are a rich and varied field of inquiry, while feminism itself is a recurring object of media fascination,” Deem said. “Feminist arguments often become public spectacles where the media simultaneously leers at and dismisses feminist speech. In the process, these spectacularly public representations of feminism reduce the multiplicity of feminist positions and voices.” 
 
She continued: “In order to critically engage the contemporary mediascape, students situate public feminisms through public sphere and feminist democratic scholarship. In this manner, we can learn how those traversed by gender, sexuality, race, class, ability and nationality, among others, can create positions from which to speak in manners that might authorize their speech and citizenship in a marginalizing public sphere.”
 
The symposium topics and speakers included: 
 
“Who Has to Carry That Weight? Social and Media Responses to Campus Rape”
Kelsey Blair, 2016, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
 
“From Coat Hangers to Baby-killers: Affect, Pathos and Abortion Politics”
Erin Valentine, 2016, Sociology
 
 “Faking It ’til She Makes It: Hillary Clinton’s Authenticity”
Andra Turner, 2019, Politics
 
“All the Lonely People: Singledom and Alternative Adulthoods”
Sarah Reeves, 2017, Gender and Sexuality Studies
 
“Breaking the #bornthisway Binary: ‘Acceptable’ Identities and the Othering of Non-Normative Queers”
Rebekah Shoemake, 2017, English
 
“This is My House: Jennicet Gutierrez and the Shaming of Undocumented Queers”
Yoselin Gramajo, 2016, Sociology

 
 

GSS Office Closed December 24th - January 1st, reopening January 4th.

The GSS Office will be closed from Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January 1st. The office will reopen on Monday, January 4th.

New GSS Professor Anne McClintock Approved by the Board of Trustees

Anne McClintock, in gender and sexuality studies, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and where she has been the Simone de Beauvoir Professor for the past nine years.

Professor Regina Kunzel Appointed Director of GSS

Professor Regina Kunzel has been appointed the new Directory of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

GSS Director Jill Dolan Named Princeton's Dean of the College

Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been named Princeton's next dean of the college. Dolan, who also directs the University's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, is a distinguished scholar of theater and performance studies.
 
Dolan will become dean of the college on July 1. She replaces Valerie Smith, who is stepping down at the end of this month to become president of Swarthmore College.

GSS Executive Committee Member Imani Perry Honored for Excellence in Mentoring

Four Princeton University faculty members have been named recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School's Hooding ceremony Monday, June 1, on Cannon Green. Among the honorees is GSS Executive Committee member Imani Perry.
 
Perry, who joined the University in 2009, studies race and African American culture through the lens of multiple disciplines including law, literary and cultural studies, music, and the social sciences. Graduate students describe Perry as being a rigorous scholar yet one who is understanding of the anxieties they experience. One student, who said that Perry convinced him to continue his graduate education during a period of difficulty, said: "In no uncertain terms, Imani Perry is the most brilliant, impactful educator I have ever come across…. I can say without hesitation that Dr. Perry has shaped not only my teaching philosophy as it pertains to the classroom, but also my thinking about the most effective ways to mentor graduate students."