Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 2, Issue 1
FALL 2011
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editor, John-Albert Moseley
Layout Design: Nick Appleby

Fall Letters from the Chairs of WGSS & LGBTS

from Inderpal Grewal

You may all remember or know that October and November tend to be very busy times in the life of the University ...

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from John Treat

I am happy to write you at the start of my second year as Chair of Yale’s LGBT Studies Committee ...

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What the Photogrammar Project Means to Me

by Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies & Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

I spent my junior year in college as a special student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inquiring into the meanings the humanities develop within a largely technological culture.  The U. S. was mired in an escalating war in South East Asia and experiencing violent social conflict at home ...

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Theory into Practice: WGSS helps Yale create a more positive sexual climate on campus


Ryan Mendías '13

In the fall of 2010, I found myself grappling with questions of violence, gender, and representation in Professor Melanie Boyd’s seminar “Theorizing Sexual Violence” ...

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Over the past five years, Yale has been in a period of intense self-scrutiny, evaluating and improving its efforts to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct on campus.  WGSS faculty and students are—no surprise!—deeply involved in this work ...

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WGSS Faculty Profile: Professor Liz Montegary

by Shanaz Chowdhery, '13


Sunlight streams through the windows in William L. Harkness Hall as we sit around dark wooden tables. Class is about to end and all eyes are on Professor Montegary as she gestures wildly, explaining Dean Spade’s trickle-up social justice argument. To emphasize her points, Montegary pushes her arms up and out, illustrating how we should be pushing outside the boundaries of our minds to think outside the box when tackling complex issues ...

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WGSS 319a - Queer Mobilities

Cody Hooks '13

How could a single syllabus possibly contain readings on the history of settler colonialism, immigration and asylum law, James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, and men who have sex with other men at roadside stops in the postwar South? Armed with the aim to explore the critical space between queer studies and mobility studies, our class “Queer Mobilities” examines the linkages between these different forms of movement ...

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Alum Spotlight: Vanita Gupta

in conversation with Geetanjali Singh Chanda

Vanita Gupta (WS ’96) is a civil rights lawyer and the Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she oversees the ACLU's national criminal and drug law reform advocacy efforts. Gupta is an Indian-American, but was raised in England and France. After Yale, she went to New York University Law School, from which she graduated in 2001 ...

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New Books by WGSS Faculty Members

WGSS congratulates our affiliated faculty members who have published their recent scholarship.

Photo¡Venceremos?: The Erotic’s of Black Self-making in Cuba 
Jafari S. Allen

PhotoSex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm

PhotoLip Service Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics
Marianne LaFrance

PhotoOprah: The Gospel of an Icon
Katherine Lofton

For a full listing of books and materials published by WGSS Faculty, please visit the Faculty Book Shelf at http://wgss.yale.edu/books/faculty-books

Conferences This Fall

Jonathan D. Katz and the (Il)Legible Queerness of Art

by Christopher C. Young, first year graduate student in American Studies

Jonathan D. Katz, Director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo (as well Honorary Research Faculty at the University of Manchester, UK and President of the newly opened Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York), returned to Yale University on 27 September 2011 to discuss queerness and art ...

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Sex Abuse and The Study of Religion

by Kathryn Lofton, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and American Studies


In September an international gathering of fifteen scholars contributed
to "Sex Abuse and The Study of Religion," a conference held at Yale.
Kathryn Lofton (American Studies, Religious Studies, and WGSS) organized
this event ...

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LGBT Studies Honors David M. Halperin, This Year's Brudner Lecture Recipient

David Halperin delivered the 2011-2012 James Robert Brudner '83 Memorial Prize and Lecture on October 5th on the Yale Campus, and again on October 6th at The Yale Club of New York City. Halperin is the W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan teaches English, Women's Studies, Comparative Literature, and Classical Studies ...

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WGSS & LGBTS Speakers Series

Gender, Sexuality, and Media

More and more, understanding of media seems to be critical for researchers working on gender and sexuality ...

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From Abu Dhabi to Singapore, LGBT Rights and the Globalizing Academy

LGBT Studies has launched a new Speakers Series this fall titled, "From Abu Dhabi to Singapore, LGBT Rights and the Globalizing Academy" ...

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Both the WGSS & LGBTS Speakers Series is organized by the Program of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Kempf Memorial Fund.


WGSS Announces the 2011-2012 Graduate Colloquium Season

The WGSS Graduate Colloquium is a venue in which students from a wide range of disciplines present work that engages issues in women's studies, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, lesbian and gay studies, and queer studies ...

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