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WISCONSIN
SYMPOSIUM ON
FEMINIST BIOLOGY

Friday, October 7, 2016
On Wisconsin room
Red Gym
716 Langdon Street

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GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES COLLOQUIUM

Spring 2017

Thursday, January 26, 3:30 pm
Keisha Lindsay, Gender & Women’s Studies and Political Science
“Toward a New Feminist Politics of Experience: The Case of All-Black Male Schools"
Keisha Lindsay’s talk provides new insight into what feminists recognize but do not always fully elucidate – that when women and other social groups make claims about their experience of oppression they often do in ways that both challenge and reinforce existing inequalities of power. Using E. Frances White’s notion of “discursive dialectics” as a point of departure, Lindsay argues that social groups often resist their subordination according to the same conservative, anti-progressive agendas that oppress them. Many black male proponents of all-black male schools exemplify this reality. They challenge “zero tolerance” and other manifestations of structural racism in the nation’s schools and do so in ways that perpetuate the patriarchal notion that “overly” feminized classrooms are to blame for black boys’ academic underachievement. Lindsay’s ultimate aim is to conceptualize how to build progressive political coalitions around this complex reality.

Thursday, February 9, 3:30 pm
Lisa Diamond, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, University of Utah
“The trouble with “born that way” – The role of science in debates about LGBT rights”
The past decade has seen profound changes in the scientific understanding of sexual orientation in men and women and its expression over the life course.  This presentation will review the most radical changes in our understanding of the origins and expression of same-sex sexuality, including research on sexual "fluidity" (i.e., the capacity for sexual behaviors, attractions, and identities to change over time), differences and similarities between men's and women's experiences of same-sex sexuality, and the implications of this emerging body of work for research, clinical practice, and social policy and advocacy.

Thursday, February 23, 3:30 pm
Paulina García-Del Moral, Center for Research on Gender and Women Visiting Scholar
Feminicidio and Racial Gendered Violence: Can a Legal Frame from the Global South Travel to the Global North?
In recent years, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) have increasingly turned to supranational human rights institutions to hold the Canadian state accountable for its failed response to the killing of Indigenous women and girls. As part of this process, NWAC and FAFIA have drawn on the legal strategies that Mexican feminist activists used in the context of the mass abductions and killings of women in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua and their impunity. NWAC and FAFIA have not, however, adopted the frame that Mexican activists used to mobilize international law: feminicidio. Femicide refers to the misogynous killing of women by men. What makes feminicidio different from femicide is that it draws attention to the complicity of state in this violence both by tolerating its impunity and by sustaining systemic class and gender inequality. My research illustrates that feminicidio as a frame played a central role both in the transnational mobilization of international human rights law and in shaping the response of the Mexican state to this violence. Against this background, this presentation asks whether feminicidio could travel to Canada. I argue, on the one hand, that feminicidio could be used to frame the murders of Indigenous women and girls as racialized gendered violence rooted in ongoing colonial relations (García-Del Moral, forthcoming). Yet, on the other hand, I argue that the success of feminicidio as a frame in the Mexican context, as well as its potential obstacles to travel to Canada are partly embedded in the “racial grammar” of international law.

Friday, March 3, noon Brown Bag featuring
Arja Turunen, Center for Research on Gender and Women Visiting Scholar
“How the Political Became Personal. Feminism in Practice in Finland”

Thursday, March 30, 4:00 pm Location: 7191 Helen C. White
Susan Schweik, English, University of California, Berkeley
“Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don't Know It.”

Thursday, April 27, 3:00 pm Location: Pyle Center
Ellen Samuels, English and Gender & Women’s Studies, 2016 Feminist Scholar
“Yvonne and Yvette McCarther: Race, Sex, Class, Conjoinment”

All lectures take place in Sterling Hall, Room 3401,
except where noted, are wheelchair accessible, free,
and open to the public. For ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please contact Dace Zeps at dazeps@wisc.edu.