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Juliana Delgado Lopera, a GWS alumnae was just recognized by the San Francisco Foundation for her creative writing with her manuscript Fiebre Tropical (Tropical Fever).  This award is intended to encourage emerging writers and comes with a $2,000 cash prize.  Winning manuscripts will be permanently housed at The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Works of winners have also been brought together in an anthology, Writing Home: Award-Winning Literature from the New West, edited by Jackson Awardee Brian Bouldrey.

Congratulations Juliana!

For the past nine years, the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence (CAAIE) has been presented to UC Berkeley faculty who have an extraordinary record of accomplishment in promoting diversity while advancing equity and inclusion through their scholarship, research, teaching, and public service.

Professor Glenn is internationally recognized as a preeminent sociological scholar, whose groundbreaking research on women’s work, U.S. labor and citizenship, comparative race and ethnic studies, and Japanese American experience has had a transformative impact on the field. She is the Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender, a pioneering research unit devoted exclusively to research on race, gender and their intersection that has become a model for similar centers across the country. In additional to her scholarship, Evelyn is a highly regarded mentor to students from underrepresented backgrounds, and she has long been involved in a wide range of diversity and social justice initiatives on campus and far beyond.

Professor Glenn will use her grant to complete a book and film project on the untold story of the 5,000 Japanese Americans who were able to flee the Pacific States to avoid internment during World War II, as well as to begin research designed to identify how immigrant women caregivers of the elderly make sense of and cope with repeated cycles of grief.

Professor Rodríguez is interviewed by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Equitable Society on her new book and the importance of engaging sexuality in public discourse.
http://diversity.berkeley.edu/faculty-profile-juana-maria-rodriguez-sexu...

Professor Charis Thompson's presentation, The Distinct Notion of Science Capital from the Science Capital Seminar is available to watch online on Kings College London's Youtube channel: <http://bit.ly/sciencecapitalseminar>.

GWS senior, Benji Delgadillo, will be honored by Queer LifeSpace with the Queer Youth Visibility Award at Q-Ball on October 23rd in San Francisco. 
 
Queer LifeSpace provides LGBTQQI-focused mental health and substance abuse services by queer therapists.
 
Congratulations Benji!!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 20, 2014)
 
topics:
 
Gender in Film
Gender and Popular Cultures
SEX and Sexuality
Gender and Globalization
 
The Department of Gender and Women's Studies invites individuals to submit course proposals for Summer Session 2015. Proposals for summer courses should include a course title, a preliminary syllabus, your CV, student evaluations and contact information. Summer Session courses in Gender and Women's Studies attract students from many different fields and departments so course design should be interdisciplinary and geared towards students who are not majors. We are looking for rigorous, innovative, and inviting ideas for courses on the above topics relating to women, gender, and sexuality.  Other topics that will engage undergraduates will be accepted.  Attention to race, ethnicity, class, cyberculture, and national or international issues are welcomed. 
 
One of the courses will be offered as an American Cultures.
 
Please send 2 copies of proposals to:
 
Leslie Salzinger, Vice Chair of Pedagogy 
c/o Althea Grannum Cummings
Gender and Women’s Studies Dept.
608 Barrows Hall, MC 1070
University of California 
Berkeley, CA 94720-1070
GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES
CALL FOR GSI APPLICATIONS
SPRING -- 2015
 
 
GWS 10 - Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
 
The Gender and Women’s Studies Department is accepting applications for a Graduate Student Instructors to assist in teaching a course with the following title and description:
 
GWS 10: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies. An introduction to questions and concepts in gender and women’s studies. Critical study of the formation of gender and its intersections with other relations of power, such as sexuality, racialization, class, religion, and age. Questions will be addressed within the context of a transnational world.
 
Applicants should have a background in contemporary feminist theory and feminist issues.  Applicants must be registered graduate students at UC Berkeley, enrolled in a minimum of 8 units in the Spring 2015 semester, and must not have a fellowship which precludes employment.
 
For consideration, send a cover letter stating your interest and background, a current CV, listing all post-baccalaureate teaching experience, most recent teaching evaluations, a copy of your current academic transcript, and names/phone# of 2 academic references to:   LESLIE SALZINER, VC of Pedagogy, Gender and Women’s Studies,  608 Barrows Hall--#1070,  Berkeley, CA  94720-1070.
 
DEADLINE – October 24, 2014
 
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GWS 20 - INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST THEORY
 
The Gender and Women’s Studies Department is accepting applications for a Graduate Student Instructor to assist the instructor in teaching a course with the following title and description:
 
GWS 20:  Introduction to Feminist Theory.  An introduction to feminist theory.  Why study theory? What does theory do?  What forms does it take, and how and from where does the desire to theorize gender emerge?  What is the relationship between theory and social movements? This course will introduce students to these areas of contemporary inquiry.
 
Applicants should have some knowledge of contemporary feminist theory and feminist issues.  Applicants must be registered graduate students at UC Berkeley, enrolled in a minimum of 8 units in the Spring 2015 semester, and must not have a fellowship which precludes employment.
 
For consideration, send a cover letter stating your interest and background, a current CV, listing all post-baccalaureate teaching experience, most recent teaching evaluations, a copy of your current academic transcript, and names/phone# of 2 academic references to:    LESLIE SALZINER, VC of Pedagogy, Gender and Women’s Studies,  680 Barrows Hall--#1070,  Berkeley, CA  94720-1070.
 
DEADLINE:  October 24, 2014

DEWGS Alum, Julia Chang, has a great piece called "In Defense of Theory" in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 
Charis Thompson interviewed by David Winickoff
Thursday, October 2, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Please join Professor Charis Thompson and the Center for Genetics and Society for Talking Biopolitics 2014. In this live web-based interview and conversation, Charis will talk with David Winickoff – and with you – about her latest book, Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research.

See Chancellor Nicholas Dirks' statement at the UC Berkeley News Center, here.

Barrie Thorne has been active in the collective effort to bring feminism into the US academic world. She has fought relentlessly for over 40 years to promote women and gender studies in higher education. This creative sociologist is also a much appreciated teacher and mentor. Laurence Bachmann, from the University of Geneva, interviewed her in February 2012, a few months before she retired.

Many thanks to Berkeley Law for filming this event for us. 

http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/83m8s

Enjoy!

Professor Trinh Minh-ha has been awarded The Wild Dreamer Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) at the Subversive Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, an annual international fortnight of political, activist, cultural, educational, literary and artistic events whose focus this year is on "Power and Freedom in the Age of Control: Networks - Ideology - Alternatives."

Ella Bastone is graduating this Spring in Gender & Women's Studies. She spoke to the Daily Cal about her work as a Take Back the Night coordinator and her time at UC Berkeley. Many congratulations to one of our outstanding students.

 The link below is taken from Professor Rodríguez's keynote address to the Creating Connections Consortium meeting held at UC Berkeley, where she discusses diversity in higher education and the promise of transformative education.

http://c3transformhighered.org/category/announcements/#sthash.sgI1vYZu.dpbs

Congratulations to GWS Manager, Vernessa Parker, for her Distinguished Service Award as a member of Senior Staff of the Division of Social Sciences. Very well deserved!

Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez has a new book out: Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings, published by NYU Press.

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings proposes a theory of sexual politics that works in the interstices between radical queer desires and the urgency of transforming public policy, between utopian longings and everyday failures. Considering the ways in which bodily movement is assigned cultural meaning, Juana María Rodríguez takes the stereotypes of the hyperbolically gestural queer Latina femme body as a starting point from which to discuss how gestures and forms of embodiment inform sexual pleasures and practices in the social realm.

Centered on the sexuality of racialized queer female subjects, the book’s varied archive—which includes burlesque border crossings, daddy play, pornography, sodomy laws, and sovereignty claims—seeks to bring to the fore alternative sexual practices and machinations that exist outside the sightlines of mainstream cosmopolitan gay male culture. Situating articulations of sexual subjectivity between the interpretive poles of law and performance, Rodríguez argues that forms of agency continually mediate among these various structures of legibility—the rigid confines of the law and the imaginative possibilities of the performative. She reads the strategies of Puerto Rican activists working toward self-determination alongside sexual performances on stage, in commercial pornography, in multi-media installations, on the dance floor, and in the bedroom. Rodríguez examines not only how projections of racialized sex erupt onto various discursive mediums but also how the confluence of racial and gendered anxieties seeps into the gestures and utterances of sexual acts, kinship structures, and activist practices.

Ultimately, Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings reveals ­—in lyrical style and explicit detail­—how sex has been deployed in contemporary queer communities in order to radically reconceptualize sexual politics.

Professor Mel Chen's beautiful, provocative and inspirational book Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke Univ. Press, 2012). has won the MLA's Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize. This prize is given for an outstanding book in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies in literature and cultural studies. Congratulations Mel!

In her recent book The Erotic Life of Racism, Sharon Holland implores us to consider "how the transatlantic slave trade altered the very shape of sexuality in the Americas for everyone." This panel considers the erotic domain, which offers a glimpse into explicit and enduring racial preferences in an age where racial bias has become veiled and subtle. Consider, for example, common statements in online dating profiles declaring a "preference" for "whites only" or "no blacks and Asians." Since most people consider sex and romantic relationships key to their personal happiness, examining racial disparities in this domain may provide a marker of racial progress, particularly as it intersects with gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. How does racism manifest itself in intimate interracial relationships? How do racialized differences, such as skin color, continue to have erotic impact even in the absence of white actors? What, if anything, can we do about it?

Panel Presenters:

  • Melissa Murray is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.
  • Russell Robinson is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. He is the chair of the HIFIS LGBTQ cluster, and the panel moderator.
  • Juana María Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.

http://media.law.berkeley.edu/qtmedia/ELR/20121129_ELR.mp4

(Rodriguez's talk begins at 41:00)

A great article (pdf) by the UCLA School of Public Health, about important work being done by GWS Alum, Dayo Spencer-Walters.

GWS graduating senior, Tracey Roth, presented her thesis at the Gender, Sexuality and Power Conference at Cal State - Los Angeles. Entitled Towards a New Female Masculinity: Reflections on Butch Embodiment and Futurity, Tracey's paper was featured on the panel Transgressing Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture and Everyday Life. Well done Tracey!
 

GWS Alumni Matt Griggorieff's project 'Fitness for All' is taking off on the Berkeley campus and beyond. It was featured on CBS. Congratulations Matt!

GWS senior Laura Fryer awarded $5000 grant by the Max and Anna Levinson Foundation to fund a podcast based on her blog The Sex Uneducated.

 
The Sex Uneducated is a feminist sex education blog which discusses anything from comprehensive sex education resources to queer theory. Includes discussions on living with an STD and offering support, advice and a safe space to others trying to reconcile their subjectivity after a diagnosis. After two years of posting, the site now garners 18,000 subscribers and has over 20,000 hits a month. The blog has been essential to Laura's post-structural research regarding Genital Herpes stigma.

GWS Research Program Administrator, Gillian Edgelow, received the 2013 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award. Congratulations Gillian!

Professor Evelyn Nakano Glenn honored as a Local Hero by KQED in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on KQED public television.

BBRG Scholar-in-Residence, Smadar Lavie, has been awarded the 'Heart at East' Honor Plaque for her committed excellence and lifetime service to the Mizrahi communities of Israel. 'Heart at East' is a coalition for twenty NGO's working for equal distribution of cultural funds in Israel. Congratulations Smadar!

Nominated by inspired colleagues, current and former graduate students, Professor Juana María Rodríguez was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to helping UC Berkeley graduate students succeed academically and professionally and creatively pursue new ideas.