January 2011 Archives

Colloquium Requirements

GWSS Spring 2011 Colloquium Requirements

Graduate students enrolled in GWSS 8997 are required to be active participants in the GWSS Colloquium Series.  We also invite other grad students and faculty to attend the GWSS Colloquium Series and participate in post-presentation blog discussions.

(1)  Attendance and verbal participation - such as asking questions -- at the GWSS colloquia. 

(2)  Blog commentaries on four of the colloquium presentations, posted as entries on our GWSS Community blog (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/gwss/blog) within 48 hours of the presentation. Use your blog response entry (150-300 words) to pose a question or set of questions about the presentation, to write about what you found interesting, novel, or useful, and/or to pose a critique.  To invite dialogue, we encourage you to comment on the response entries that others have posted. You are welcome to respond to more than four  colloquium presentations. 


Your grade will be determined by the quality of your blog responses and your level of participation and engagement at the colloquium presentation and in the blog discussions. 

Take care to ensure that you are available for the GWSS colloquia you plan to attend to fulfill the requirements of the course.  Other outside lectures, presentations, or internal professional development workshops do not count toward colloquium credit. However, we strongly encourage you to list these in your annual graduate student evaluation at the end of Spring semester. 
How to Post Required Blog Response Entries 

In order to post blog entries, you must log in through UThink. The directions are as follows:
  1. Go to Uthink: http://blog.lib.umn.edu 
  2. Click on "Login to UThink" located in the upper left corner (under About UThink) and enter your x500 + password. 
  3. You should now be at the Dashboard. Click on the link for our blog, "GWSS Community Blog".  
  4. Now you are ready to post an entry. Scroll over "Create" located in the upper left corner and then click on "Entry."  
  5. You should now be on the "Create Entry" page. Type your response in the main text box. Make sure to file your entry under the appropriate category by clicking the box for "RESPONSE" located under "Categories" on the lower right side of the page.  
  6. Once you are done typing your entry (and after clicking on the appropriate category box), click the blue "Save" button located at the bottom of the page. You're done!  

How to Post Optional Comments

You can post comments on blog entries directly on the GWSS public blog site. The directions are as follows: 

  1. Go to the blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/gwss/blog 
  2. Find the entry that you wish to comment on and click the title.  
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the entry and enter your name and email address.  
  4. Type in your comment.  
  5. Click on "Submit."  If you have any questions about how to use the blog, please contact Sara Puotinen (puot0002@umn.edu).

Upcoming GWSS Colloquium Events

Check out the following upcoming events sponsored/co-sponsered by the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department. Hope to see you there!



"The Skin of Memory"

This presentation will begin with a screening of Mirta Kupferminc's award-winning video, "The Name and the Number." 

Of the video Kupferminc writes, " Here I suggest a relationship between embroidery and tattooing, both of them maternal legacies. On the one hand, I grew up embraced by arms with numbers tatooed on them; on the other, my Hungarian mother passed onto me the pleasure of tradicional European ornamentation. Both legacies were transmitted to me by means of a needle." The Name and the Number, produced with a grant from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, won a prize in 2010 in the National Salon in Argentina.

DATE:  Tuesday, February 1
TIME:  3:00pm, Reception Following Talk
LOCATION:  400 Ford Hall, East Bank


Please join us for an exciting talk by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (University of California Press, 2007). Gilmore will present a talk on "'Gender Responsive' Prison Expansion: The Case of California." A small reception will follow the talk.

DATE: Friday, February 11, 2011
TIME: Talk starts at 4:00 p.m., followed by a small reception at 5:00 p.m.
LOCATIONHubert H. Humphrey Center, Cowles Auditorium


Siobhan B. Somerville is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also affiliated with the Department of African American Studies and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. She is the author of Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture (Duke UP, 2000) and editor of a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies on "Queer Fictions of Race." Her work has appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, American Literature,and GLQ.

DATE: Friday, February 25, 2011
TIME: 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION101 Walter Library


MELODY HOFFMAN, PhD Student in Communications, University of Minnesota

Presentation: "Frontin' Gangstas, Getting Down With Thyself: Hip Hop, Sexuality, and Feminism in Afrodite Superstar
Date: Friday, February 18

Time: 2:00pm

Location: 400 Ford Hall, East Bank



"Queering and Transing the Great Lakes: Nice Rodriguez's Throw it to the River, Filipino/a Tomboy Masculinities in Toronto and Manila."

Kale Bantigue Fajardo is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He recently finished Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press, 2011). He's now writing essays that read Filipino lalaki-ness (maleness/masculinity) through interdisciplinary studies of Filipino hydro/water-spaces, masculinities, and literatures situated in places such as Cebu/Mactan/Calamba/Laguna de Bay/Manila Bay (all in the Philippines); St. Malo/New Orleans (Louisiana); Astoria (Oregon); and Toronto (Canada). Fajardo teaches, "Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in Hawaii, the Philippines and Puerto Rico;" "Reading the Mississippi River: Race, Place, Gender, and Empire;" and "Sissies, Sex Workers, and Seamen" (among other courses) at the U.

Date:  TBA
Time: TBA
Location: 400 Ford Hall, East Bank

Abstract:  The paper focuses on Nice Rodriguez's fiction in Throw it to the River (1993), particularly Rodriguez's transnational and queer imaginaries of Toronto and Manila, as well as how Filipino/a queer genders and sexualities are imagined in this text. The paper suggests that because of global migration and travel, U.S. imperialism in Asia, neoliberal globalization, and the "global gay phenomenon," it is imperative to connect analyses of "a queer Midwest" with international, transnational, transoceanic, and translocal spaces and contexts. Moreover, I suggest further that in Throw it the River, Rodriguez imagines more fluid and expansive understandings of the cateogory "butch," "lesbian," "tomboy," and/or "transgender."  In the Manila section of this paper, Fajardo engages the concept of "gulo" ("trouble" or "social unrest") within the context of the U.S.-Marcos Dictatorship (1972-1986) to (re)read tomboy masculinities in Rodriguez's fiction.


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