Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 3, Issue 1
fall 2012
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

WGSS Colloquium and Working Group

by Andrew E. Dowe and Devin McGeehan Muchmore


An encounter with former WGSS Professor David Agruss in the Paris Metro this summer prompted me to reflect on the enduring impact of the Graduate Qualification Program beyond campus. En route to the Association of Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference, I was pleased to report on the robust health of Colloquium and Working Group, which David worked with graduate students and faculty to develop. As we shared news about his former students (my former classmates and TFs), it occurred to me that the value of our graduate community lies not only in the dynamism of the conversations that it facilitates across disciplines, but also in their elasticity. The model for sustained dialogue the Colloquium and Working Group cultivate is most immediately remarkable for how well it bridges departmental divides on campus. My encounter with David, however, recalled just how broadly the dividends of our community’s investment in WGSS are spread.

Since returning to campus, I have been more attuned to the continuities that characterize the exciting roster of Colloquium presentations lined up for this academic year. Divergent topics in diverse fields continue to provoke lively discussion because so much of our work develops along with our ongoing conversations. Likewise, the fantastic discussions the Working Group has hosted this fall evince the depth and breadth of our community’s investment in each other and in WGSS. True to the Working Group’s tradition of fostering interdisciplinary conservations about the cutting edges of the field, this year’s lineup highlights scholars who incorporate the insights of feminist social science and social scientific queer studies in interdisciplinary gender and sexuality research. Graduate students and faculty—including session leaders Inderpal Grewal, Jennifer Klein, and Joseph Fischel—demonstrated in every discussion that our department’s commitment to mutual respect, critical engagement and relentless curiosity is what keeps WGSS a thriving intellectual center at Yale.

Andrew E. Dowe (AFAM/AMST/WGSS) convenes the WGSS Graduate Colloquium and the Working Group with Devin McGeehan Muchmore (AMST/WGSS).

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