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Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies

Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies

Faculty and graduate students from WGSS at Northeastern University have the opportunity to take advantage of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, and many actively participate in its programs and seminars. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the following seminars will be offered:


Feminist Inquiry
-Linda M. Blum is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. She is the author of Between Feminism and Labor: The Significance of the Comparable Worth Movement and At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States as well as articles in, among other venues, Gender & Society and Signs.
-Kim Surkan has taught in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MIT since 2005. Dr. Surkan does interdisciplinary work in queer, feminist, and new media studies with a humanities focus, and is currently writing a series of articles on technology and the (trans)gendered body.

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Location: MIT, Building and Room TBD
Period: January 29, 2014-May 7th, 2014

Screen Women: Body Narratives in Popular American Film
-Emily Fox-Kales is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body disturbances in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She also is on the faculty of Northeastern University where she teaches film, gender and cultural studies in the Cinema Studies program. She has served as Film Editor of the journal Gender & Psychoanalysis and published on psycho-social narratives of the woman’s body. Her new book is Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders (2011).
-Suzanne Leonard is an Assistant Professor of English at Simmons College, where she co-coordinates the minor in Cinema and Media Studies. Her specialties include film and media studies, feminist theory, and women's literature, and she is the author of Fatal Attraction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). Her articles have appeared in Signs, Genders, and Women's Studies Quarterly.

Days: Mondays
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: MIT, Building and Room TBD
Period: January 27th, 2014-May 5th, 2014

Queer Theory and Politics
-Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman is an Associate Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Brandeis University. She specializes in African American literature and culture and gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race (Duke UP).
-C. Heike Schotten is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She is the author of Nietzsche’s Revolution: Décadence, Politics, and Sexuality (Palgrave, 2009) and is currently at work on a book manuscript on queer biopolitics.
-Suzanna Danuta Walters is the Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. She is the author of The Tolerance Trap: what’s wrong with gay rights (forthcoming from NYU Press 2014); All the Rage: the story of gay visibility in America; Material Girls: making sense of feminist cultural theory; and Lives Together/Worlds Apart: mothers and daughters in popular culture as well as numerous articles and book chapters on feminist theory, sexuality studies, and cultural studies.

Days: Tuesdays

Time: 5:30-8:30PM Location: MIT, Building and Room TBD

FALL 2013

Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's & Gender Studies
-Kimberly Juanita Brownis an assistant professor in the Department of English at Northeastern University. Her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary examines the gendered manifestations of slavery's memory and is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of feminist theory, literature and visual culture studies (particularly photography). Her next project explores the visuality of indifference in documentary photographs in the New York Times.

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Location: MIT Building and Room TBD

Understanding Pornography
-Sarah L. Leonard is an Associate Professor of History at Simmons College. She is the author of several articles situating pornography in historical context. Her book, Fragile Minds and Vulnerable Souls: Books, Obscenity, and the Problem of Inner Life in Nineteenth-Century Germany, will be published by University of Pennsylvania Press.
-Emily F. Rothman, ScD is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and Boston University School of Medicine. She is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Her primary area of research is violence prevention, including dating violence, adult partner violence, and sexual violence. She began studying the impact of pornography on youth in 2012. She is a former battered women’s shelter advocate and batterer intervention counselor.
-Maria San Filippo has taught media studies and gender and sexuality studies at Harvard, MIT, UCLA, and Wellesley College, where she was the 2008-2010 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies. She is the author of The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television (Indiana UP, 2013).

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About the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies

Founded in 1993, the Graduate Consortium of Women's Studies (GCWS) is a pioneering effort by faculty at eight degree-granting institutions in the Boston area. GCWS pursues its mission through an ongoing series of team-taught graduate seminars, interdisciplinary faculty development workshops, and other opportunities for scholarly and administrative collaboration. GCWS programs help to build intellectual community and offer a model for institutional change. As of July 1, 2005, the GCWS moved from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Participating Institutions:

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Simmons College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston

In keeping with the collaborative tradition of women's studies, the Consortium offers interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars to students matriculated in graduate programs at our member schools. GCWS faculty explicitly integrate gender analyses with issues of class, race, culture, ethnicity, and sexualities, and the practical and public-policy implications of feminist theory and scholarship are considered. Courses are designed not only to examine existing feminist scholarship, but also to open paths to the creation of new knowledge. Graduate courses also provide crucial intellectual support for student pursuing feminist work within the framework of traditional disciplines. There is no fee for GCWS courses. Students are granted credit for participation by their home institutions.