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Date: 10/19/2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 400 Ford Hall
Cost: Free

Mirta Kupferminc is a Jewish Argentine visual artist whose exuberant, often challenging work encodes complex stories of gender, diaspora, space, and the body. Kupferminc's images, set in the context of other visual representations that function as maps of desire, politics, and, often, women's bodies provide an insight into the metaphorical power of cartography.

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Date: 09/21/2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 140 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Cost: Free

How has human trafficking been described and made real through legal, political and cultural sites? What visual economies shape the consumption of certain kinds of images of trafficking and what is at stake in posing human rights through (neo)liberal terms? Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this presentation examines how human trafficking (and more specifically sex trafficking) has become a political and cultural reality for US audiences by mapping the ways government, media and scholarly research have framed and narrated trafficking. This presentation looks at the production of human trafficking as a contemporary human rights concern in order to draw attention to the historical and continuing ways knowledge of racialized sexualities shapes and polices US national belonging as well as notions of global, human rights citizenship.

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GWSS is excited to sponsor the upcoming conference, "Contingent Belongings: Queer Reflections on Race, Space, and the State," September 16-17, 2011. Keynote speakers: Christina Hanhardt and Nayan Shah. For more information and Call for Papers (due June 20, 2011), see:

The field of queer studies has made important contributions to interrogating the notion of belonging as a technology of cultural, social, and political membership. Yet scholarship in sexuality studies has not always attended to the multiple contingencies that structure belonging, particularly in relation to the unevenness of spatial and racial formations that shape access to cultural and national citizenship. Recent discussions of homonormativity and homonationalism have demonstrated the importance of understanding how social and political belonging are contingent upon the exclusion of certain bodies and practices. The recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the criminalization of immigration with the passage of SB1070 illustrate the contradictory logics of national, sexual, and racial belonging.

This conference examines the contingencies of belonging in relation to racial and sexual imaginaries and practices. How can we understand the desire to belong? What are the costs of belonging, and who can refuse to belong? Who gets to determine the framework for belonging? What does resistance look like under these conditions?

We hope to create a vibrant space for intellectual exchange with an emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars from a wide range of fields, including gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, American studies, geography, history, education, media and communication, and cultural studies, among others.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

- immigration, citizenship, and law

- space, movement, and diaspora

- intimacy, kinship, and family

- affect and desire

- U.S. empire and settler colonialism

- labor, neoliberalism, and biopolitics

- culture as a site of critique/resistance/knowledge production

- activism and coalition

- queer world-making and alternative practices

- aesthetics and decolonization

- race, place, and identity

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to by JUNE 20, 2011. Conference applicants will be notified no later than July 15th.

Sponsored by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, with support from the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies.

Great event on April 4

Centro Campesino

~ fé ~ esperanza ~ unión ~ justicia ~

Estimada gente, friends of farmworkers, Chicano Studies and Centro

Every year, students in colleges and universities across the country take a lead in organizing with farmworker groups, organizations and unions, a Call to Action through the National Farmworker Awareness Week, which annually is held the week of March 31st-commemorating the birth of Cesar Chavez). The Department of Chicano Studies is proud to participate in this effort in large part through the spring class, Migrant Farmworkers: Family, Work and Advocacy taught by Lisa Sass Zaragoza. This year, students for their group project have organized an exciting multi-media and spoken word event at the Parkway Theater in south Minneapolis. Farmworkers and former farmworkers will have the mic-poetry, comedy and spoken word while the students are putting together a zine and slide show on farmworker issues. Come hear Eden Torres read some her poetry and Joe Minjares will do some of his famous stand-up, to name a few!

The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and the Feminist
Studies graduate program invite you to join us for the final talk of our
fall 2008 colloquium series.

Ryan Lee Cartwright: American Studies PhD Candidate
"Danger Amid Security": Sex, Class, Race, and Rural Hate Crimes of the 1990s
Monday, December 1, 2008
Ford Hall 400


Despite the peace and prosperity of the late 1990s, something was amiss in
the wind-swept prairies and piney woods of the U.S. countryside. The 1990s
witnessed three highly-publicized hate crimes in rural Nebraska, Texas, and
Wyoming: the horrific beatings and deaths of Brandon Teena (and his friends
Phillip DeVine and Lisa Lambert), James Byrd, Jr., and Matthew Shepard.
With voyeuristic gazes locked on the homophobia of slow-minded hicks and
the racism of small southern towns, national media discourse and cultural
production about hate crimes from the 1990s announced that but for a few
exceptional instances of intolerance in the hinterland, the U.S. was a
nation accepting of difference. Yet difference - particularly classed and
racialized sexual difference - was central to how such stories were spun.

As this paper examines rural hate crimes discourse, it asks how narratives
about sexuality and family structure were deployed to negotiate social
belonging and normativity. It considers who was imagined as dangerous and
who imagined themselves as secure in "rural America" specifically and the
nation more generally, proposing that rural hate crimes discourse
increasingly separated respectable LGBT identity from "irresponsible" forms
of sexual nonnormativity marked by class and racial difference. In doing
so, the paper addresses the ways such discourses were constructed and
contested by local and regional news coverage, national media and cultural
productions, and LGBT and African American community responses.

For more information, call Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at

The Red Queen - A play by Lorena Duarte

November 20th at 7pm

The Red Queen by Lorena Duarte, Directed by Brian Columbus
An episodic play made up of a collection of stories centered on the experiences of women, expressing the tenderness, the ardor, the life-and-death dance that women - and particularly immigrant women - must do.
Performed by Katrina Hawley, Marie Williams and Katherine Kupiecki

WHERE: The Lowry Lab, 350 St Peter St, St Paul, 55102

TICKETS: ONLY $6 EACH!!! Reservations are the only way to guarantee availability and can be made at: 651-225-8106 or

INFO:, 651-224-8806 or


Click HERE for flyer

Event: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants


Click HERE For pdf of flyer

Mizna's Fifth Arab Film Festival

Fouzi Slisli, curator
Kathryn Haddad, executive director
2205 California Street NE #109A

Mizna Presents:
The Twin Cities 5th Arab Film Festival
October 16-19, 2008
The Heights Theatre
3951 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis
Cost: $5 student/low income $8 general admission
Festival Passes available $40 advanced (online) $55 at door

9/2 March for Our Lives


Sept 2nd March For Our Lives: Money For Health Care And Housing Not For War!
Health care and housing should never be luxuries - not in the United States, not anywhere. Toward this end, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign calls for you to join us as we fill the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota in a powerful, peaceful demonstration for the right to health care, housing and all economic human rights. We will march because as poverty, hunger, unemployment and homelessness grow throughout this country, political leaders from both major parties have abandoned us. We cannot afford to be silent. We cannot afford to be disappeared from the public eye and the political debates as our families suffer. This September we will bring together poor and homeless people of every race, background and age, students, social workers, union members, lawyers, religious leaders, artists and everyone who stands for social and economic justice. We will make our voices heard as we “March for Our Lives to demand “Money for Health Care and Housing, Not for War!?

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