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Within the past decade, South Africa has gained worldwide attention for violent masculinities, manifested remarkably through high rates of sexual assault with public sanction, "corrective" rapes of lesbians, intentional HIV infections, sexual violence targeting infants, and debates over intersexuality. Challenges to the composition of male masculinities have been the subject of sensationalist journalism and public discussion and led to stigma, medical maltreatment, and aggressive policing. This presentation will highlight particular moments in the past decade of such controversies, centering on how and why debates about gender codify its meaning.

Date: 12/07/2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 400 Ford Hall
Cost: Free

2012-13 Feminist Studies Colloquium Series.

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Date: 11/02/2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 400 Ford Hall
Cost: Free

If all writing is fundamentally tied to the production of meanings and texts, then feminist research that blurs the borders of academia and activism is necessarily about the labor and politics of mobilizing experience for particular ends. Co-authoring stories is a chief tool by which feminists working in alliances across borders mobilize experience to write against relations of power that produce social violence, and to imagine and enact their own visions and ethics of social change. Such work demands a serious engagement with the complexities of identity, representation, and political imagination as well as a rethinking of the assumptions and possibilities associated with engagement and expertise. This presentation draws upon 16 years of partnership with activists in India and with academic co-authors in the US to reflect on how story telling across social, geographical, and institutional borders can enhance critical engagement with questions of violence and struggles for social change, while also troubling dominant discourses and methodologies inside and outside of the academy. In offering six "truths" of alliance work, this talk reflects on the labor process, assumptions, possibilities, and risks associated with co-authorship as a tool for mobilizing intellectual spaces in which stories from multiple locations in an alliance can speak with one another and evolve into more nuanced critical interventions.

Richa Nagar is Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota and she has worked closely with Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan (Sangtin Peasants and Workers Organization) in Sitapur District of India. She has co-authored Sangtin Yatra (Sangtin, 2004), Playing with Fire (University of Minnesota Press and Zubaan, 2006), A World of Difference (Guilford, 2009), and Ek Aur Neemsaar (Rajkamal Prakashan, 2012) and she has co-edited Critical Transnational Feminist Studies (SUNY Press, 2010). She has been a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Stanford and at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies in New Delhi.

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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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Three Cheers for Dr. Jacquelyn Zita!

Congratulations to Jacquelyn Zita, as co-founder of the Women's Environmental Institute, which has been awarded the Ann Bancroft Dream Maker Award for the Institute's work and achievement on behalf of women and girls. The Ann Bancroft Foundation Dream Maker Awards dinner is tonight, Thursday, April 29, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5:30-9:00p.m., hosted by Julie Nelson KARE 11 with featured speaker Ann Bancroft.

Check out this KARE 11 news report and this video on the WEI.

Want to know more about the wonderful work that they are doing at the WEI? Check out their website!


Feminist Pedagogy Group

Anyone interested in starting an informal feminist pedagogy group? I am currently teaching Feminist Pedagogies (Feminist Pedagogies syllabus) and am really enjoying talking and learning more about feminist teaching theories and strategies. I would love to continue the conversation with GWSS grad students and/or other faculty members. We could share strategies, get advice, exchange syllabi, critically reflect on pedagogical theories (and anything else related to teaching).

Let me know if you are interested. You can post a comment to the blog, email me at, or stop by my office (Ford 429).

Spread the word...

-Sara Puotinen

In GWSS 3390: Feminist Media Making, we made our first videos: digital stories. Read about the digital storytelling movement here, here, and here.

Watch all of digital stories on our course blog.

Here's a peek of some of our work: [If you only see a blue Q, click "Refresh"; he arrow in a circle on the top of your browser's window.]

"Brittany's Boob Project"

"Used to."

"Defining Home"


Watch all of digital stories on our course blog.

UMN Feminist Blog - Feisty Femmes

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