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FEB
22
Date:
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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"INTERSEX AND THE POWER IN A NAME"

Dr. Georgiann Davis

In 2006 the American Academy of Pediatrics officially renamed "intersex" a "disorder of sex development," (DSD). Based on interviews with intersex people, their parents, and medical providers, I will show how DSD terminology allowed doctors to reclaim jurisdiction over the intersex body which was in jeopardy due to 1990s intersex activism that challenged medical authority. Today, DSD remains hotly contested throughout the intersex community, yet it has been widely implemented in virtually all corners of the medical profession. Davis will describe how intersex people navigate their lives, specifically their relationships with family members and medical providers. She will also highlight current movement strategies that fuel contemporary intersex activism. The talk will include suggestions for how to be a good ally to intersex people.

Georgiann Davis, PhD, is assistant professor of sociology at
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research and
teaching is at the intersection of sociology of diagnosis and
feminist theories. Davis is widely published, including the
award-winning book Contesting Intersex: The Dubious
Diagnosis (NYU Press, 2015). She is the current board
president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017-
present), and the former president of the AIS-DSD Support
Group.

MAR
2
Date:
Friday, 02 Mar 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
204 International Center
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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Do you struggle to find the time to prioritize writing in your schedule? Come write in solidarity with fellow gender scholars in a space set aside for this purpose the first Friday of every month from 12pm-3pm in room 204 International Center!

The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) will provide a quiet space for faculty, staff, and students to escape from distractions and work on their scholarship. If you struggle to find space in your calendar to prioritize your writing, then consider this time as required attendance :) Participants will need to provide their own laptop and other working supplies. GenCen will provide brain fuel (light snacks) and an open, welcoming environment!

MAR
16
Date:
Friday, 16 Mar 2018
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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GenCen 2018 Colloquia Series presents "Queer Community and the Remaking of Marriage: The Mackenzies on Capri" with Professor Kristin Mahoney

Following the trials of Oscar Wilde, the Italian island of Capri operated as a refuge for sexual exiles from across Europe who retreated from persecution and criminal proceedings into Capri's permissive expatriate community. In the 1920s, Henry Gauthier-Villars described the island as "a Geneva or a Moscow of the future internationalism of homosexuality," and he argued that this bewitching setting was capable of remaking "normal [couples]" in its image." His comments on Capri speak directly to the experience of British writers Compton and Faith Mackenzie, who moved to the island in 1913, became enmeshed in its queer cosmopolitan community, and began conducting extended relationships with other partners with one another's approval. In this talk, I will discuss the role that the island of Capri played in the Mackenzies' reconstitution of their bond. Acknowledging that expatriate visitors to Capri fetishized and exoticized the Italian island and its inhabitants, conceiving of the location as mystical, primitive, and destabilizing, I will interrogate the intermingling of cosmopolitanism and "Mediterraneanism" in the Mackenzies' representations of the transformations their marriage underwent during their time on Capri.

Kristin Mahoney is Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University and a Faculty Fellow in MSU's Center for Gender in a Global Context. She has published essays on aestheticism and Decadence in Victorian Studies, Criticism, English Literature in Transition, Literature Compass, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Victorian Review, and Victorian Periodicals Review. Her book Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. She is currently working on a project entitled Queer Kinship after Wilde: Transnational Aestheticism and the Family.

APR
6
Date:
Friday, 06 Apr 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
204 International Center
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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Do you struggle to find the time to prioritize writing in your schedule? Come write in solidarity with fellow gender scholars in a space set aside for this purpose the first Friday of every month from 12pm-3pm in room 204 International Center!

The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) will provide a quiet space for faculty, staff, and students to escape from distractions and work on their scholarship. If you struggle to find space in your calendar to prioritize your writing, then consider this time as required attendance :) Participants will need to provide their own laptop and other working supplies. GenCen will provide brain fuel (light snacks) and an open, welcoming environment!

APR
13
Date:
Friday, 13 Apr 2018
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
201 International Center
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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GeCen 2018 Colloquia Series presents "Avatars for Empowerment: The real potential of virtual selves" with Professor Rabindra Ratan

Did you know that avatars offer a secret weapon that can be used to help reduce real-world social inequities? This talk addresses this questions, examining recent theory and research on the psychological experience and effects of avatar use. 

Rabindra (Robby) Ratan is Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at MSU's Department of Media & Information, and is also affiliated with MSU's Department of Psychology as well as MSU's College of Education's program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. His research focuses on psychological experiences of media use, with an emphasis on interactive environments (e.g., virtual worlds, videogames, the road) that include mediated self-representations (e.g., avatars, cars).