WGSS Graduate Colloquium & Working Group

The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Graduate Colloquium is a venue in which Yale graduate students from a wide range of disciplines present work that engages women’s studies, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, lesbian and gay studies, and queer studies. At the Colloquium, graduate students give academic talks, present syllabi, discuss pedagogy, and engage in roundtable discussions on pressing issues and questions central to the field of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, with much lively discussion to follow.

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Working Group is a subsidiary of the Colloquium. The purpose of the Working Group is to foster interdisciplinary discussion about current issues in the field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies by bringing together graduate students and and faculty at Yale who are working on topics at the intersection of their discipline and WGSS. This venue aims to introduce recent work in a variety of disciplines and to strengthen our understanding of how our own work might engage with emerging debates in this field.

Spring 2017 Working Group Calendar

March 6 - Claudia Rankine
April 10 - Greta LaFleur
April 24 - Zethu Matebeni

All events take place at 5:30 PM in William L. Harkness Hall (WLH), Room 309, 100 Wall Street, unless otherwise noted. All events are free and open to the public.

Spring 2017 Colloquium Calendar

January 30
Efe Igor (History, GSAS 2020)
Defiant Objects: Power and Protest in Ernest Cole’s Medical Examination Room
In Ernest Cole’s famous image, thirteen black men are photographed in a South African medical examination room. Rather than rehearse critiques of the ways in which photographs like this reveal the violence of objectification, this papers suggests that for Cole there was liberatory potential in conscious acts of objectification.
Shawn Ta (East Asian Languages and Literatures, GSAS 2018)
The Exile of the Homosexual Orphan
This paper examines the conflation of homosexuality with orphan identity in Pai Hsien-yung’s Niezi [Crystal Boys] in order to draw attention to Taiwan’s colonial past as well as discuss the potential of the orphan as a radical challenge to the stability of family, nation, and “home.”
February 20
Thuto Thipe (History, GSAS)
At Home Abroad: Black Literary Representations of Early 20th Century South Africa
From the early 20th century, a black elite emerged and began consolidating in South Africa’s northern cities as industrial growth offered educated black people new economic opportunities. I focus here on representations of urban black masculinity in prominent texts published between the 1910s and 1940s by members of this group.
Brandon Menke (English, GSAS 2019)
Encasing Excess: Stigma and Mastery in Hart Crane’s American Scene
Reading Hart Crane’s “At Melville’s Tomb,” I discuss how the poem’s recondite, homotextual spaces, preserved by Crane’s lapidary language and virtuosic form, make possible the homographic intercourse of lyric expression—by which the poet is linked to his reader in a hermeneutic chain—even as they portend the speaker’s annihilation. 
March 27
Wannes Dupont (BAEF Cabeaux-Jacobs Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities)
Pink Perils and Post-War Blues. Anti-Gay Politics, Moral Restoration and Cold War Culture in Western Europe (1945-1965)
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the countries of Europe west of the Iron Curtain experienced a “Lavender Scare” of their own. Its transnational and comparative history offers a window onto the moral reconstruction of a shaken continent, trying to find its footing in a world forever changed.   
Randa Tawil (American Studies, GSAS 2020)
Deviant Crossings: Syrians at the US Mexico Border in the turn of the 20th Century
Between 1907 and 1915, US border control officers launched a series of investigations about Syrians crossing the border from El Paso into the United States. This paper explores the ways Syrian migrants avoided, tricked, and sabatoged border control through racial and gendered “crossing.”