September 12: Colloquium
Maria Alexandra Catrickes (Italian Language and Literature and Film and Media Studies, GSAS 2017).
Title: Trauma, Gender, and Rage: Rebellion as Style in Italy’s Diva Films of 1910-1920
Abstract: In early Italian cinema, the film narrative tells one story while the body of the diva tells another. Through bodily counter-narratives, the divas represent trauma at the art-historical level. This talk categorizes the divas into 5 historical types, which reveal the seeds of a rebellion against sexism and racism.
Elexis Ellis (Sociology, GSAS 2019)
Title: Beauvoir, Fanon, and ‘Sociologizing’ (French) Phenomenology: Historicizing Embodiment in the Sociology of the Body
Abstract: This paper aims to draw attention not only to the theoretical value of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomology and its critically anti-dualistic approach to the sociology of the body, but specifically to the way that experiencing embodied oppression—gendered and racial—moves Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon to historicize embodied consciousness.
September 26: Working Group: Tavia Nyong’o
October 10: Colloquium
Charlie Jeffries (Fox International Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and PhD Candidate in History, University of Cambridge)
Title: ‘That Woman’: Monica Lewinsky and the Spotlight on Teenage Female Sexuality
Abstract: The range of approaches to the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal revealed the role of young women within the American culture wars. Questions that arose from this frantic discourse often dealt with sexual power, thus crystalizing both feminist and conservative attitudes towards youthful sexuality over the course of 1998.
Scarlet Luk (English, GSAS 2019)
Title: The Portrait of a Lady, the Narrator, and the Affronting of Gender
Abstract: This paper seeks to complicate the gendered status of the narrator in The Portrait of a Lady, drawing attention to their moments of textual incursion, pronominal presence, and formal trysts with their characters. The effect, I argue, is a narrator whom we could consider gender queer.
October 24: Working Group: Crystal Feimster
November 7: Colloquium:
Miranda Sachs (History, GSAS 2016)
Title: Blurred Workspaces: The Unique Experience of Girl Workers in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Abstract: Histories of child labor in France treat the child as a neutral category, but the experience of girl workers at the end of the nineteenth century demonstrates that gender determined their opportunities for employment and shaped their training. With feminine work, the domestic and industrial spaces necessarily intersected.
Susan Choy (Health Care Management Program and Global Health Concentration, School of Public Health 2017)
Title: Social Support for Women in Leadership and Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Abstract: Despite women’s historical contributions and growing media attention around gender inequality, a deeper assessment of women’s career opportunities is needed. Women may advance to top management positions by utilizing informal career-enhancing strategies within male-dominated organizations, but often remain outside of traditional power structures, leading to job dissatisfaction and early workforce exit.
November 28: Working Group: Kathryn Lofton