Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 5, Issue 2
spring 2015
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Letters from the Chairs of WGSS & LGBTS


from Kathryn Lofton

Now that we’re finally pulling out of an incredibly brutish winter in Connecticut, it is a pleasure to reflect upon all that we have done to keep ourselves busy with conversation and collaboration in gender and sexuality studies at Yale. This semester included two impressive talks in our WGSS speaker series ...
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from Karen Nakamura

We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and what a year it’s been. We had two major academic conferences in LGBT Studies: New Matters in Queer Life led by Prof. Greta LaFleur (American Studies) and my own conference ...
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Faculty Profile: Jafari Allen

In the last newsletter, I reported that the goal of the Graduate Certificate Workshop is to strengthen and maintain a cohort of WGSS, feminist and/or queer theory graduate scholars, across a number of (uni)disciplines, and thematic, geographic, and theoretical sites, by asking questions about intellectual/political formation. One of the central pieces of this formation is, of course, teaching ...
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Student Perspective

Interdisciplinary Approaches to African American Studies
WGSS 410/AFAM 410/AMST 310

by Abigail Moore '16

Interdisciplinary Approaches to African American Studies, Professor Allen’s undergraduate class, is intended as one of the capstones to the AFAM major, but taking it as a WGSS major has just been fantastic.  One of the benefits of a major like either WGSS or AFAM at Yale is the multitude of opportunities to take classes from professors like Jafari Allen in intimate settings ...
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Alum Spotlight: Kelly McMahon


When I arrived at Yale, I believed that I was on the fast track to a bright future.  I met a dizzying array of fascinating and accomplished people.  I spent wistful hours reading the Blue Book.  I imagined myself becoming many different people – diplomat to Beijing, bohemian poet, computer scientist.  A few months into my freshman year, I could only manage this overwhelming panorama of options by staying in bed.  A couple of weeks later, I left school and spent nine months in a psychiatric hospital.  I wasn't exactly sure what the problem was but life just seemed too large ...
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South Asian Photographs Across the Discipline

Mohit Manohar

New Matters and Queer Life

Greta LaFleur

Queering Anthropology

Linda Hase

"Anokhi" by Sunil Gupta

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Susan Stryker Awarded 2015 James Robert Brudner '83 Memorial Prize

Professor Stryker will deliver the Brudner Lecture at Yale on October 14, 2015.


Susan Stryker earned her Ph.D. in United States History from UC Berkeley, and later held a postdoctoral fellowship in Sexuality Studies at Stanford University. She has been a distinguished visiting faculty member at Harvard University, University of California Santa Cruz, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and Macquarie University in Sydney. Before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2011  to direct the Institute for LGBT Studies, Susan was Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University ...
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WGSS Colloquium and Working Group

by Heather Vermeulen and Ashley James

Defying New Haven’s penchant for Monday snowstorms, this spring’s Working Group and Colloquium continued to foster a warm and welcoming, intellectually dynamic space for graduate students and faculty alike. In addition to its focus on providing spaces for scholars to share their work and receive critical, constructive feedback, the Working Group and Colloquium has increased its attention to intellectual development and personal reflection upon what is at stake in our various projects ...
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Yale LGBTS Research Fellowship: Professor Victor Macías-González

I am honored to have been the inaugural recipient of the Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship.   Although my residency at Yale coincided with one of the worst bouts of weather, Timothy Young and the friendly staff at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library arranged for my research materials to arrive promptly.   My visit coincided with the Queering Anthropology Conference and a number of other lectures that allowed me to interact with faculty, grad students, and other visiting scholars, who provided insight into LGBT history and materials at the Beinecke ...
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Milestones from our Affiliated Faculty

Hazel Carby (African American Studies, American Studies) was recently honored with an award:  The Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies from the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association.  The MLA lauded her for “intellectual daring, audacity, and originality.”

Kang-I Sun Chang (East Asian Languages and Literatures) is in the process of having The Collected Works of Kang-I Sun Chang (6 volumes) published by Showwe Information Co., Ltd (via Taiwan’s Government Publishing House) in recognition of Chang’s scholarly achievement.  The series contains works translated into Chinese.  Volume three focuses entirely on her works on women and gender studies.

George Chauncey wrote an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case, James Obergefell, et al. vs. Richard Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Public Health. The brief has been submitted by the OAH (Organization of American Historians) and it focuses on the history of discrimination against gays. Opening oral arguments are expected to be heard in the last week of April, with a decision to be issued the last week of June.

Marcia Inhorn recently received two awards from the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies.  The first, the 2014 JMEWS (Journal of Middle East Studies)  Book Award was for The New Arab Man:  Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East.  The award is given to the author whose work is judged to provide the year’s most significant and potentially influential contribution to Middle East women’s or gender studies.  The award is sponsored by Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and Council on Middle East Studies.  Professor Inhorn also received the 2014 AMEWS/JMEWS Distinguished Scholarly Service Award for leadership as the two-term editor and founding editors of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies.

Jennifer Klein (History) was awarded a major international prize, the Hans Sigrist Prize, in Bern, Switzerland, in December.  The $100,000 prize is conferred by the University of Bern and the Hans Sigrist Foundation.  The prize theme was “Women and Economic Precarity:  Historical Perspectives.”  Klein’s keynote lecture upon winning the prize was “Women, Work, and Welfare:  A History of Gender and Precarious Labor Markets in the US”, which spanned from the 1850’s to the present.

Noel Valis (Spanish, Portuguese) has published a novella, The Labor of Longing (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2014), which was a finalist for the Prize Americana for Prose.  http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product-tag/the-labor-of-longing/ 

Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors

Chamonix Amelia
Adams Porter
Pierson College
Maya Jacqueline
Branford College
Emma Katherine
Trumbull College
Dinee Raye
Ezra Stiles College
John Mulvey
Silliman College
Branford College
Micah Promisloff
Jonathan Edwards
Sophia Urry
Timothy Dwight


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