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Nov 9, 7:00 PM: Issa Rae

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Get up close and awkward with producer, writer, and director Issa Rae. Rae will be in conversation with Jacqueline Stewart, UChicago Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and Interim Director of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Following the discussion, Rae will sign copies of her first book, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl". Space is limited. Reserve your FREE ticket through Eventbrite starting on Monday, October 5 at NOON. 1 ticket per registration. Presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture in partnership with the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Arts + Public Life, the Committee on Creative Writing, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media, Black Cinema House, and the Seminary Co-Op Bookstores.

Date: November 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Oct 16, 12:45 PM: Conference: Human Trafficking, Labor Migration, and Migration Control in ...

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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: Human trafficking, for sex work and other forms of labor, is one of the most highly visible international human rights issues of our time, attracting growing attention at the local, national and international levels. Trafficking has also engendered a rich body of scholarship from legal, sociological, anthropological, and historical perspectives. Nonetheless historians studying different geographic contexts rarely compare ideas or collaborate. We intend to bring together historians working in diverse geographic fields with activists and policymakers for the exchange of ideas. CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Tara Zahra, Johanna Ransmeier, Amy Dru Stanley, Susan Gzesh SCHEDULE: Friday, October 16, 2015 Registration/Check-In: 12:45pm Panel Sessions: 1:00-6:00pm Saturday, October 17, 2015 Registration/Check-In: 8:45am Panel Sessions: 9:00am-4:30pm Reception to Follow *Please note the new location* Swift Lecture Hall 1025 E 58th St Chicago, IL 60637 Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Schedule, registration, and other details available on the conference webpage!

Starts: October 16, 2015
Ends: October 17, 2015
Time: 12:45 PM - 5:00 PM

See:http://humanrights.uchicago.edu/TraffickingConference2015

Oct 13, 6:00 PM: Carol J. Adams: The Sexual Politics of Meat

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In honor of its 25th anniversary, Carol J. Adams will present her Sexual Politics of Meat Slideshow, which provides an ecofeminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture presents images of race, gender, and species to further oppressive attitudes. It also suggests forms of resistance against the construction of individuals, human or non-human, as "meat." Drawing upon images from popular culture, it answers the question: how does someone become a piece of meat? The slide show demonstrates how a trinity of interrelated forces--objectification, fragmentation, and consumption--impact our cultural and personal consciousness about women and animals. It introduces the concept of the absent referent through autobiography and then systematically applies an analysis of how it functions to explain the animalizing of women in contemporary cultural images and the sexualizing of animals used for food. It draws upon images that have been sent from around the world, and is constantly being updated as it tracks changes in popular culture. Among the issues the slide show addresses are: • Sexualized fragmentation. Fragmented body parts of animals who will be eaten depicted in such a way that thoughts of women as sex objects are clearly evoked as well. Breast and thighs advertised on menus, as well as specific examples like "We serve the best legs in town," draw upon the patriarchal fixation on women's body parts. • Animals feminized/sexualized. Animals presented in poses and clothes human females are represented in our culture (svelte legs, a "chick" in high heels, often animals posed like women, animals who are four-legged made to appear both "sexy" and bipedal, animals in bikinis). "I ate a pig..." Exactly who are they referring to? • Connecting flesh eating and other forms of animal oppression to prostitution and pornography ("strip", "buck-naked", "Live Nude Lobsters!", and the "Happy Hooker," etc.). This event is sponsored by the Global Voices Lecture Series, the University of Chicago, Animal Welfare Society, the Program on the Global Environment, The Center for International Studies, VegFund, the Uptown Breakroom, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.

Date: October 13, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dec 1, 4:30 PM: Doris Rusch, "Outside In - A (Female) Perspective on Designing ...

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Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop We are excited to announce the Fall Quarter schedule for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop. This quarter's theme is “Playing in Relation," and will be curated by Prof. Patrick Jagoda (English). This workshop invites conversations about different cultural forms and technological platforms of play, including videogames, analog games, virtual worlds, toys, performances, playgrounds, and make-believe. How does play open up questions about affect, imagination, desire, and precariousness, especially among people at play together? How do various types of play — from power plays to sexual play to playing with identity — emerge from different cultural forms and impact understandings of gender and sexuality? Tuesday, December 1st: Doris Rusch (Assistant Professor for Game Design, DePaul University), "Outside In - A (Female) Perspective on Designing (Different) Games" Please see the workshop blog for further details: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/genderandsexuality/ Papers are made available in advance via our email list. If you are interested in joining the email list, go to http://lists.uchicago.edu/web/subscribe/sexuality-gender-wkshp or contact the workshop coordinators, Annie Heffernan and Rebecca Oh, at gssworkshop@gmail.com. If you have any questions or accomodation requests, please don't hesitate to contact the workshop coordinators at gssworkshop@gmail.com.

Date: December 1, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

See:http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/genderandsexuality/

Oct 22: Xenophobia and Alterophobia in Pre-Modern Ottoman Lands

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A Symposium organized by Hakan T. Karateke (University of Chicago); Helga Anetshofer (University of Chicago), and Erdem Çıpa (University of Michigan) Historians know well that post-nationalist societies are not unique in nurturing dislike, hostility, or hatred of foreigners and members of marginalized subcultures. Positioning certain groups against perceived outsiders or alternative groups within the same society is a salient feature of bygone societies as well. In fact, it is fair to say that the distrust of outsiders is an essential condition of society throughout history. Recent historical studies on the Ottoman Empire, as well as a contemporary Turkish political rhetoric that glorifies the Ottoman enterprise, have lately taken for granted that subjects of the Ottoman polity flourished under the so-called “Pax Ottomanica.” The widely accepted view posits that the economic and social stability of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ottoman Empire made it a safe and secure environment for a peaceful coexistence. Historical sources, however, suggest that the social and cultural realities of the Ottoman era were far more complex. In an effort to fill a major lacuna in the accepted narratives of Ottoman society, our symposium focuses on two related themes: xenophobia and alterophobia. This symposium aims to reconstruct, to the extent possible, the mind-set of people living in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ottoman lands. Presenters will explore patterns in expressions of dislike in literature, historiography, and religious texts, but particularly in those texts that one would classify as “ego documents,” such as memoirs or otherwise personalized accounts. By studying a range of historical narratives, we will be able to develop rare insight into the self-described perceptions of individuals. Perceptions are necessarily difficult to delineate, and can be open to multiple interpretations. One needs usually to read carefully between the lines, sweep through the adjectives used about a group of people, and compare expressions uttered about various other groups in order to reconstruct a perception. However, utilizing a range of historical narratives yields opportunities to identify people’s perceptions which can become a very useful tool to understand the intricate workings of bygone societies. For more information, please contact: Hakan Karateke <karateke@uchicago.edu>

Starts: October 22, 2015
Ends: October 23, 2015
Time: All Day

See:https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/ottomanturkish/events/xenophobia-and-alterophobia-in-pre-modern-ottoman-lands/

Oct 29, 6:00 PM: Reading by Eileen Myles

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Poet, novelist, performer & art journalist Eileen Myles, once described in Artforum as “one of the most restless minds in contemporary lit,” reads from new and unpublished work. Myles is the author of nineteen books, including I Must Be Living Twice and Chelsea Girls. She received a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant for The Importance of Being Iceland and the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America. She’s a Guggenheim fellow and in 2014 she received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. She lives in New York.

Date: October 29, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM

Oct 30, 12:00 PM: Workshop: Robin Bernstein

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"'I’m very happy to be in the reality-based community': How Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home Stages an Act of Resistance against George W. Bush." Email John Muse for a copy of the precirculated paper.

Date: October 30, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Nov 9, 6:00 PM: Queer//Alt//Art Games

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The Gender and Sexuality Workshop presents Queer//Alt//Art Games A night to play games, meet folks, eat food, and discuss. Part of the Alternate Realities and Virtual Worlds series.

Date: November 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Nov 17, 6:00 PM: Save Our Sisters

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As state violence rises among communities of color, issues of rape and domestic violence lay buried in the ground, leaving us to wonder: Do #BlackWomensLivesMatter? Join panelists Zerlina Maxwell, Jamilah Lemeiux, and Dr. Dawne Dupart as we bring these issues to the forefront of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Global Voices Lecture Series, the Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., RSVP, the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture, and the Student Government Finance Committee.

Date: November 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Feb 25, 7:00 PM: They've Got a Mouth on Them: Eric A. ...

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Criminal Queers, directed by Eric A. Stanley & Chris Vargas Criminal Queers visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined. (USA, 2013, 70 mins) Screening of the film, followed by discussion with the filmmakers, Eric A. Stanley & Chris Vargas, and Professor Lauren Berlant. Part of the LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists' Salon at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic.

Date: February 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

See:http://homotopiafilm.net/?page_id=23

Dec 1, 7:00 PM: They've Got a Mouth on Them: How To Get Away With Laughter with Tim Barnes, ...

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How to Get Away with Laughter: exploring politically difficult comedy, uncomfortable topics, and when it is (and is not) ok to laugh. Tim Barnes, Sonia Denis, and Rebecca O'Neal perform, followed by a discussion with Professor Lauren Berlant. Free and open to the public. at the Revival Comedy Theater 1160 E. 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 Part of the LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists' Salon at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic. http://timbarnescomedy.com/ http://sonideni.tumblr.com/ http://beccaoneal.tumblr.com/

Date: December 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Nov 17, 12:00 PM: Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World: ...

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Kevin Bales is the Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights and Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull UK, co-founder of the antislavery organization Free the Slaves, and lead author of the Global Slavery Index. DATE: Tuesday, November 17 TIME: 12noon-1:15pm LOCATION: Pick Hall Lounge, (5828 S. University Ave, Chicago) A light lunch will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC).

Date: November 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

See:https://humanrights.uchicago.edu/BloodandEarth2015

Feb 25, 7:00 PM: They've Got a Mouth on Them: Eric A. ...

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Criminal Queers, directed by Eric A. Stanley & Chris Vargas Criminal Queers visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined. (USA, 2013, 70 mins) Screening of the film, followed by discussion with the filmmakers, Eric A. Stanley & Chris Vargas, and Professor Lauren Berlant. Eric A. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Chris E. Vargas is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Part of the LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists' Salon at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic.

Date: February 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

See:http://homotopiafilm.net/?page_id=23

Feb 19, 12:00 PM: Workshop: Bhanu Kapil, "THE MONSTER: A workshop on narrative form ...

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THE MONSTER: A workshop on narrative form and touch with Bhanu Kapil Part of the LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists' Salon at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic.

Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Feb 18, 4:30 PM: They've Got a Mouth on Them: Bhanu Kapil, "Shame May Be Fatal: Notes ...

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A content more volatile: than what contains it. This is a brief talk on narrative and the nervous system: how syntax, for example, registers the non-verbal aspects: of the scene. What is a scene? How can performances build the novel from the bottom-up, the inside-out? How might [could] a writer return to writing what is not or never the writing-to-be? "A sentence is a nerve throbbing on the riverbank." And so on. With some thinking about how a novelist might overcome the extreme sense: of being exposed: to view. What the novel-shaped space is. Rather than the novel: itself. Part of the LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists' Salon at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic.

Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

May 19, 4:30 PM: Gender & Sexuality in Middle Eastern History Lecture Series

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The Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern History lecture series is designed to offer theoretical and methodological frameworks for thinking about and utilizing topics in gender and sexuality studies across multiple periods in Islamic civilizational history. The invited speakers will be February 25, 2016 - Marion Katz (NYU) April 14, 2016 - Sara Omar (Georgetown) May 19, 2016 - Eve Troutt Powell (UPenn)

Date: May 19, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Jan 20, 4:30 PM: Katha Pollitt, "PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights"

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Named a NY Time Notable Book of 2014, Katha Pollitt’s Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (Picador, 2014) is powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote: “An impassioned, persuasive case for understanding [abortion] in its proper context…With wit and logic, Pollitt debunks the many myths surrounding abortion, and analyzes what abortion opponents really oppose: namely, women’s growing sexual freedom and power….With arguments that are both lucid and sensible, Pollitt successfully reframes the abortion debate to show that, ‘in the end, abortion is an issue of fundamental human rights.’” An urgent, controversial book, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument and reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. She has won many prizes and awards for her work, including two National Magazine Awards for Essays and Criticism. Pollitt is the author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, a powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good; Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories, a collection of personal essays; and Virginity or Death! She is also the author of two books of poetry, Antarctic Traveller, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Mind-Body Problem. Before she became a regular columnist for The Nation, Pollitt edited its Books & the Arts section, and she has also written essays and book reviews for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Harper’s, Ms., Glamour, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. Pollitt has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her poetry has most recently been anthologized in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. In 2010 she was awarded The American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. She lives in New York City.

Date: January 20, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

See:https://www.facebook.com/events/582062705281255/

Jan 20, 12:00 PM: Workshop: Katha Pollitt

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Workshop with Katha Pollitt in advance of her afternoon lecture. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. She has won many prizes and awards for her work, including two National Magazine Awards for Essays and Criticism. Pollitt is the author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, a powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good; Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories, a collection of personal essays; and Virginity or Death! She is also the author of two books of poetry, Antarctic Traveller, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Mind-Body Problem. Before she became a regular columnist for The Nation, Pollitt edited its Books & the Arts section, and she has also written essays and book reviews for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Harper’s, Ms., Glamour, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. Pollitt has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her poetry has most recently been anthologized in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. In 2010 she was awarded The American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. She lives in New York City.

Date: January 20, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Mar 1, 4:30 PM: 2016 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Martha Nussbaum

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Annual Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture Martha Nussbaum Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School

Date: March 1, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Feb 9, 4:30 PM: Amanda J. Sharkey, Title TBA

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Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop Prof. Amanda Sharkey (Associate Professor of Organizations and Markets, Booth School of Business) is curating the workshop this quarter under the theme, “Gender and Work.” Great progress has been made toward gender equality in the workplace over the last several decades. Yet, significant gender-based disparities in pay and promotions remain. These differences are rooted in a variety of cultural, social and economic structures, but the workplace environment clearly plays a critical and proximate role in shaping women’s career trajectories, thereby influencing the extent of economic equality overall. This quarter’s workshop will focus on issues of gender inequality in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on understanding key organizational factors (e.g., formal policies and practices as well as informal cultural aspects of workplaces) that either promote or reduce disparities between men and women on the job. February 9th: Amanda J. Sharkey, Associate Professor of Organizations and Markets, Booth School of Business Title TBA Please see the workshop blog for further details: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/genderandsexuality/ Papers are made available in advance via our email list. If you are interested in joining the email list, go to http://lists.uchicago.edu/web/subscribe/sexuality-gender-wkshp or contact the workshop coordinators, Annie Heffernan and Rebecca Oh, at gssworkshop@gmail.com. If you have any questions or accommodation requests, please don't hesitate to contact the workshop coordinators at gssworkshop@gmail.com.

Date: February 9, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

See:http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/genderandsexuality/