WGSS and Literature at Yale – A Personal View
by Margaret Homans
From the day I started teaching at Yale, I have been committed to the idea that literature – as part of the broader field of cultural representations – is central to the study of gender and sexuality in society. Much if not all of what people think of as "life" or "experience," including what we experience as impulses of the body, is mediated through language or other forms of representation ...
Alum Spotlight: Liza Grandia
Liza Grandia (B.A. Women's Studies 1996, Yale) has worked as an assistant professor at Clark University in the Department of International Development, Community and Environment since receiving her Ph.D in anthropology 2006 (University of California, Berkeley). In the fall, she will be moving to the University of California, Davis as an associate professor in Native American Studies. Inspired by ethnographic research for her honors thesis in Women's Studies on the invisibility of reproductive labor in economic accounting indicators like the GNP, she returned to northern Guatemala after graduation and established a regional reproductive health program called Remedios that had a dramatic impact on fertility rates (falling from 6.8 to 4.3 in just a decade) ...
Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce Among the Q'eqchi' Maya Lowlanders (by Liza Grandia)
All of us are busy, and heedless of the inexorability of loss. We seem instead to expect replenishment, as if it is inevitable and only what we deserve. Even Paula herself did not take much time to stop and deliberately commemorate. To pause in the limelight was not her way. For her, there was only the next student; the next book; the next project. Yet at her funeral, it was so impressive to hear how everyone spoke of her and to be reminded of all the things that Paula did and meant to so many people. I do wish we had gotten to tell her those things while she was alive, and not assumed that there would be time enough later ...
This fall, my fellow graduate student Emily Johnson and I returned to the third floor of William L. Harkness Hall, excited to join with Director of Graduate Studies Jill Campbell in convening the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium and Working Group. The Colloquium and Working Group extend a supportive home for rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to graduate students. This mutual support characterizes Yale's WGSS community ...
Colloquium and Working Group Election Results
Andrew Dowe and Devin McGeeham were elected co-leaders for the academic year 2012-13. Andrew, thank you for taking on this important task again. Devin, welcome to your new leadership position. And Emily, thank you so much for your years of service.
|l to r: Joan Gass, Rebecca Krumholtz, Esi Hutchful, Sally Walstrom, Micha'le Simmons. Not pictured: Mirtala Sanchez.|
WGSS and LGBTS 2012 Senior Essay prize winners
Steere Prize in Women's Studies: Winner, Joan Gass, Honorable Mention, Esi Hutchful
WGSS has a new Assistant Professor, who has the honor of being the first designated faculty member of LGBT Studies. Joe comes to Yale after receiving his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He spent the last year in Providence doing postdoc work at Brown. His course work in academic year 2012-2013 includes an introductory course of LGBT Studies, Theories and Politics of Sexual Consent, and Sexuality and Social Justice. We're so glad to have him as part of the team!
Liz has spent the last academic year offering her leadership and scholarship visiting in LGBT Studies. We wish her much success in her new pursuits at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
|l to r: Cathy Cundiff, Susan Hart, Emily Bakemeier||l to r: George Chauncey, Craig Canfield|
WGSS congratulates our affiliated faculty members who have published their recent scholarship.
Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader
Edited by Katie Geneva Cannon, Emilie M. Townes, and Angela D. Sims
The Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination
From MLK and RFK to Foruyn and van Gogh
Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow
of the Welfare State
Jennifer Klein and Eileen Boris
The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East
Marcia C. Inhorn
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