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 at 9:00am to 5:15pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106