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 2018 Working Group Calendar

January 29 ~ Ahmad Greene-Hayes
February 12 ~ Prof Hazel Carby
March 26 ~ Prof Mary Lui Cancelled
April 23 ~ Prof Jill Richards

Spring 2018 Colloquium

January 29th
LGBT Studies Research Fellow, Ahmad Greene-Hayes
The Rev. James Cleveland: Sexual (In)discretion & Black Church Rumor (Working Group)
February 26th
Zaib un Nisa Aziz (History)
Title: Songs Of Sisterhood: Empire, Feminism, Nationalism and Internationalism in the Early 20thCentury
Abstract: This paper seeks to understand how feminist thought and practice in the early 20th century intersected with the emergent movements against British imperialism. It tells the stories of a diverse group of activists from across the colonial divide and beyond it. It charts how these causes complimented each other in some scenarios and at others clashed in interesting ways.
Joey Plaster (American Studies)
Title: “Peculiar Religion:” Queerly Performative Christianity in the Central City
Abstract: I examine the religious performances of three queer figures who established their own extra-ecclesiastical congregations and ministered to central city street youth, from the 1930s to the present, to demonstrate that religion, especially Christian narrative and ritual, is an overlooked framework for analyzing the formation of queer public cultures.
April 9th
Rodion Kosovsky (History of Science and Medicine)
Title: The Leather Menace: LG S/M and Anti-Violence Feminism in the US, 1968-1994
Abstract: My talk examines the debate on the causes and solutions to domestic violence within the lesbian community in the US in the 1980s. Specifically, I focus on three competing models: internalized homophobia, gender, and power. My talk also discusses the challenges of being both lesbian and abused.
Ittai Orr (American Studies)
Title: The Queer Primitivism of William Earle Jr.’s Obi; or, the History of Three-Fingered Jack
Abstract: This paper reads William Earle Jr.’s 1800 novel as queer and primitivist, suggesting that racial difference, abolitionism, and Jacobinism were key to the development of the crypto-homoerotic literary tradition associated with later authors like Walt Whitman and Charles Warren Stoddard.

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