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.
Fall 2021 Working Group Calendar
Please join the WGSS Working Group on Monday, November 1st, 5:30-7:00 PM via Zoom (https://yale.zoom.us/j/2718503064) for a discussion with Professor Scott Herring.
He will be discussing the introduction of his forthcoming book, Aging American Moderns (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). The introduction spells out its main arguments and details the prospects of critical age studies for modern/ist aesthetics and American literary and cultural studies. It moves in three parts: a general overview of its major claims; a theorization of geromodernism with respect to late-onset disability studies; and an archival review of U.S.-based modernities and their often-underappreciated connection to longevities and experimental aging. Artists discussed or emphasized include Mabel Hampton, Faith Ringgold, Tillie Olsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Kay Boyle, among others.
The PDF is available to the Yale community through this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GH3AM3kDaRkFP6C_LJA4d6v_VEa5pr-g/view?usp=sharing
Scott Herring (he/him) is Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. His primary research focuses on the overlap between LGBTQ studies and American literary and cultural studies, with particular interest in critical rural/regional studies, critical age studies, and material culture studies. He is the author of The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2014); Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism (New York University Press, 2010), winner of a Lambda Literary Award; and Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Columbia University Press will publish his next book, Aging American Moderns, in 2023.
Fall 2021 Colloquium
Tropes of embarrassment and scandal are driving motifs in Primo Levi’s short fiction. While his Holocaust testimony relies on a rather normative understanding of the male/female binary, this paper will analyze some of his short stories as a place of stylistic experimentation on queer notions of gender.
Mondays at 5:30-7pm (Zoom links will be sent to the list serv in advance of presentations.)