Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality


Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Wake Forest University will host its fifth annual student research symposium on gender and sexuality, featuring moderated sessions of scholarly and creative presentations by WFU students. The theme is "Feminist Intersectionalities: Systemic Injustice and Social Inequality." This event will showcase the exciting work that our undergraduates and graduate students are doing on gender-related issues across disciplines, and is co-sponsored by the School of Divinity and the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


9:15-9:30am: Welcome and Introductions, Kristina Gupta

Opening Remarks by Dr. Tanisha Ramachandran, Department for the Study of Religions


9:30-10:45am: Panel I: Women’s Bodies and the Intersections of Race, Class, and Ability

Moderator: Leanna Coyle-Carr (MDiv)

-Amy Burris, The Garment Not Chosen: Women’s Clothing as a Modality for Moral Critique, Power, and Class, Mid-1700s through Nineteenth Century  (MDiv)

-Janae Shaheed, “I’m African Wide Hips and American Bulimia”: The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in African American Women (PSY)

-Akosua Tuffuor, Blackness and Disability (SPN)

-Ivory Shelton, Medical School and Misogyny: Analyzing Stress in Female Medical Students (REL)

-Tori Tschantz, Systemic Injustice of the Imperfect Body (HES, REL)


11:00am-12:15pm: Panel II: Transnational Explorations of Gender and Sexuality

Moderator: Vivian Jones-Johnson

-Weiji (Ji) Wang, Beur Women in Literature: Kiffe Kiffe Demain (Undeclared)

-Adriana Cordova, Sex Education & Family Relations in Rural Ecuador (ANT)

-Clarielle Marsh, The Imposition of Neoliberalism and Global Capitalism as Rape: Coercion as Violence (WGS)

-Andrea Anderson, The Inclusion of Afro-Brazilians within the Brazilian Mainstream Feminist Movement (POL, THE)

-Rachel Wallen, A Comparative Study of Parental Leave Policy (PHI)


12:30pm-12:45pm: Artist’s Talk

-Anna Fleig, The Woman Clothed with the Sun: An Intersection of Theology and Social Justice (MDiv)


12:45-1:45pm: Panel III:  Beyond Binaries

Moderator: Deborah Marke

-Christopher Aragon, “Latin American” New Queer Cinema: What is it? How it Functions? (SPN, COM)

-Kayla Amador, Gender, Ghibli, and Disney (Undeclared)

-Shannon Magee, Challenging Heteronormativity: Sex and Gender in The Dispossessed and Trouble on Triton (ENG)

-Courtney Dutton, Going Further: How Feminist Critiques of Traditional Theism Make Way for Process Thought on Non-Binary Gender (MDiv)


2:00-2:15pm: Spoken Word Poetry

-Demi McCoy, She Spoke: A Poetical Exploration of Female Voices in the Christian Tradition (MDiv)


2:15-3:15pm: Panel IV: Doing and Undoing Stereotypes

Moderator: Char Van Schenck

-Sammy Moorin, Biphobia and Bisexual Erasure: The Systemic Double Oppression of Bisexuality in Today’s Society, Effects, and Recommendations for Action (ACC)

-Kathryn Huggins, Here for the Mrs. Degree: College Major Choice, Marriage, and Work (ENG, SOC)

-Carly East, The Humanity of Women: Jane Eyre (ENG)

-Alejandra Castiblanco, Gender in a Wake Forest University Classroom (Undeclared)


3:30-4:15pm: Panel V: (Re)Thinking Movements and Public Policies

Moderator: Andrea Becker

-Hannah Alms, The Black Family Reunion Celebration: The National Council of Negro Women in the Post-Moynihan United States (HST)

-Sarah Rudasill, Do Healthcare Systems Discriminate? A Comparative Policy Analysis of Health Inequality in the United States and United Kingdom (ECN)

-Tatenda Mashanda, Challenging Double Standards in Liberal Feminism (POL)

-Lindsay Soo, Separating Morality from Sexuality: Rethinking Sex Education in the US (SPN)

-Jenny Mai, On the Flipside of Feminism (SOC)

4:15-4:30pm: Closing Remarks

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:15am to 4:30pm

Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Auditorium (404)
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Special Events, Academics, Conference / Panel, Diversity


Academics, Women's and Gender Studies, School of Divinity

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff, Students



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Akinyele Cameron-Kamau

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