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Sixth Annual Student Symposium on Gender and Sexuality: Feminist Solidarities

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Wake Forest University will host its sixth annual student research symposium on gender and sexuality, featuring moderated sessions of scholarly and creative presentations by Wake Forest students. This event will showcase the exciting work that our undergraduates and graduate students are doing on gender-related issues across disciplines.

This year’s theme is: “Feminist Solidarities: Challenging Systems of Oppression and Privilege.” The theme can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Systems of oppression are built around what are understood to be “norms” in our societies. A norm signifies what is “normal,” acceptable, and desirable in a society. It is also given a position of dominance, privilege and power over what is defined as non-dominant, abnormal and therefore marginal or not valuable. It is important to understand how all forms of oppression are linked and how they intersect to shape socio-political landscapes and personal identities. These intersecting systems of power and privilege include, but are not limited to, sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, and colonialism. In order to confront and overturn systems of oppression we must become active also by nurturing relationships with others who share our feminist goals and simultaneously work across boundaries of difference to promote change. For this symposium, we invite presentations that address a vision of equality attentive to power differences, and engaged in constructive dialogue, resistance, and collective action.


Opening Remarks 9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Professor Melissa Harris-Perry
Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, and Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center

Panel I: 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Nasty Women, Part I: Models of Solidarity and Empowerment

Moderator: Mia Sloan

#TBackinBlack: Understanding Black Lives Matter Use of Alternative Media to Advocate for Black Transgender Women and Dismantle White Heteropatriarchy, J. Matthew Williams

Portrayal of Women and Women’s Issues in the 2016 Presidential Campaigns, Mackenzie Marti Slater

Fried Green Tomatoes: A Modern Retelling of the Book of Ruth, Andrea Simmonds

Muslim Women Don’t Need Saving: Polarity Between Their Identity and the American Narrative, Fatima Habboub

Panel II: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Bad Hombres: Dismantling Hegemonic White Masculinity

Moderator: Andrea Marulanda Gutiérrez

The Straights Are Killing Us: Dominant Narratives of Masculinity and HIV Risk for Gay Men, Richard Caban Cubero

“Her ****”: Silence, Voice and Femininity in Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Fahad Rahmat

Space as the Embodiment of Social Hierarchy in Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby, Erika Gotfredson

Panel III: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Queering the Canons

Moderator: Anna Fleig

Telling Stories of Our Place: How Central Appalachia Can Move from  Religiously-Sanctioned Queerphobia to Christ-Like Expansive Love For All, Courtney Dutton

Psychological Androgyny of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath: Counterweight to Medieval Patriarchal Society, Alisha Ingold

An Oral History of Gay and Lesbian Activism at Wake Forest University from 1985 to 2000, Justice von Maur

Artist’s Presentation: 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Spoken Word Poetry

Miss Mary Mack: A Rhythmic Exploration of Motherhood and Mourning, Demi McCoy

Panel IV: 12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
The Politics of Health and Gender

Moderator: Mariah Watkins

Comparing Medical Consent to Sexual Consent, Jonna Rautsola

1726 Rabbit Hoax: Class, Gender, and Politics of Childbirth, Emily Conroe

Filling a Healthcare Niche: The Forsyth County Community Nursing Service in Historical Context, Tara Coady

Panel V: 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. 
Debating Desires: Sex, Power, and Privilege

Moderator: Meagan McNeely

XXX: Intersecting Anti-Pornography and Sex-Positive Ideologies through the Exploration of Feminist Porn, Akua Maat

Hooters Makes You Happy (Copyright by Hooters, Inc.), Kayla Santos

Undressing Chauvinism in Music – The Sexual Objectification of Women in Reggaeton Songs, Catherine Wilson

‘Shun Porneia’: Reimagining Sexual Ethics in 1 Corinthians, Erica Saunders

Artist’s Presentation: Video 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Rushed, Libby Williams

Panel VI: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. 
Resisting Violence and Invisibility

Moderator: Marlee Stark

Combatting Abuse of LGBTQ & Gender Nonconforming Inmates, Emmie Davidson

Hatred-crime Towards Women: Gender Violence, the Killing of Women, Jared Crump

Race Avoidant and Colorblind Practices in K-12 Education and the Academy, Jasmine Brown

Closing Remarks 4:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Professor Angela Kóczé
Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Panel VII: 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. 
Nasty Women, Part I
Further Models of Solidarity and Empowerment

Moderator: Taina-Diaz Reyes

Islamism and Feminism: Shifting Feminist Strategies in an Islamist Context, Alainna Liloia

Berta Caceres: Indigenous Leader, Mother, Martyr, Amy Leigh Burris

Xingona como mi abuela: La Mujerista in the struggle for life, love, and liberation, Chris Aragon


sponsored by The School of Divinity, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Humanities Institute, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, URECA, and The Anna Julia Cooper Center 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:00am to 5:15pm

Z. Smith Reynolds Library
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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