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Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 3, Issue 2
spring 2013
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Letters from the Chairs of WGSS & LGBTS


from Inderpal Grewal

It's been an exciting spring semester this year, with so much news about gender and sexuality in the media everyday ...

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from Joseph Gordon

This past month, the US Supreme Court has been hearing oral arguments in two cases crucial to the future of same-sex marriage in this country ...

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Farewell from Emilie Townes

Deciding to leave people you enjoy working with is not an easy decision.  For me, it became a tangible opportunity to help shape the future of the more progressive voice of theological education and to engage in university-wide interdisciplinary conversations and projects along the way ...

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Building Futures, Making Histories:
Emilie M. Townes

by Jennifer Leath (RLST) with Sofia Betancourt (RLST)

The womanist dancing mind of Emilie M. Townes conjured new approaches to research and writing in social ethics throughout her teaching tenure at Yale Divinity School (YDS) ...

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Migrant City

by Alicia Schmidt Camacho


I came to New Haven in 1998 after a year in San Diego, where I had been immersed in the astounding traffic of the border space – border patrol vehicles parked at the KFC at the corner near my favorite café; Cameroonian soccer players hollered out from fields in Balboa Park; guayabas, avocados, and the reddest tomatoes gave up their fragrance at the Chinese-Mexican grocery store near my house ...

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Student Perspective
on Course

Latina/o New Haven
AMST 311 / ER&M 311

by Lucy Arthur-Paratley, '14

Through the class Latina/o New Haven, I have learned not only about the Latino community in the United States, but also about New Haven more particularly. In this course we've read books, watched films, and had discussions much like other seminars that I have taken at Yale. Yet the addition of a required Community-Based Learning project has enhanced the course beyond a traditional seminar ...

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Alum Spotlight: Rhiana Gunn-Wright

I still remember the day that I decided to declare my double major in African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  A few people had tried to dissuade me from combining the two, and I was nervous that this meeting would be the final, definitive “no.” But when I told Maria Trumpler about my plans—including my desire to pursue a joint concentration on black women and black feminism—she just said, “That sounds great. Let’s see how we can make that happen.” I finally had a yes, and it was a yes that changed my scholarship and my life ...

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Welcome Vanessa Agard-Jones

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed a search for a new Assistant Professor in the field of gender, sexuality, and transnational migration in the global south.  Vanessa Agard-Jones will be joining us as our newest faculty member. Vanessa is a political anthropologist, specializing in the study of gender and sexuality in the African diaspora ...

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WGSS Graduate Qualification

by Jill Campbell

“Interdisciplinarity” is a frequently-cited aim for innovative scholarship in our time; and yet, given the deeply-embedded methodological assumptions and demands of individual disciplines, it is an aim that remains elusive and difficult to achieve ...

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WGSS Speaker Series

Focusing on Gender, Sexuality, and New Media, the Speaker Series for Spring 2013 addressed how social relations are being altered in relation to the forms of social, political, and economic life inaugurated by the advent of digital and communication technologies.

WGSS Slideshow


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LGBTQYaleWomen is the global network of Yale women alums, dedicated to advancing women's voices and perspectives while enriching and inspiring Yale women, Yale and our communities. Read More

Recent Publications by WGSS Faculty Members

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

Photo A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan
Karen Nakamura
Photo The Imprint of Another Life: Adoption Narratives and Human Possibility
Margaret Homans
Photo "Against Nature, Against Consent: A Sexual Politics of Debility," differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 23, 3 (2013): 56-105
Joseph Fischel

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


Recent news by or about the WGSS and LGBT community

Protests Against Rape in India: Can the Myth of Male Protection Be Shaken?

Guns and Women: Who Is Being Protected?

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