Events

 

IRWG hosts a wide variety of lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and other events to stimulate conversations and share new scholarship related to women, gender, and sexuality. Our events appeal to a university audience as well as the general public, and are always free of charge. We feature speakers from a variety of academic disciplines, from U-M as well as from other world-class institutions.

Many events are sponsored by our faculty-led programs, while others are part of ongoing series such as Gender: New Works, New Questions, or partnerships with other units and departments.

If you need accommodations to get the most out of an IRWG event, please contact our events planner Heidi Bennett at heidiab@umich.edu or 734-647-6394.

Upcoming Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
graphic with photos of Katherine Behar and art exhibit with moving office chairs. Text reads "Anonymous Autonomous" "Anonymous Autonomous" Work in Progress Community Demo
December 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

Anonymous Autonomous is a robotic art installation being developed by Katherine Behar, Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan, together with a team of U-M students. As the Fall 2019 semester draws to a close, we invite the U-M community to meet the team and see the work in progress with live demos of the robots and experimentation in the Duderstadt Center Gallery.

Exhibit Opening & Reception: New York City’s Vanished Cafeterias
January 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

The streets of New York City were filled with hundreds of cafeterias, self-service eating establishments, during the early to mid-20th Century. Marcia Bricker Halperin documented Dubrow’s and other cafeterias in their waning days, drawn to the memorable faces and the liveliness and sorrow of urban life in that vanished world.

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus
February 6, 2020 - 4:00pm

The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life? And what can be done to prevent it?

Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men
February 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

Professor Carrillo is the author of two books: The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002), and Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men (University of Chicago Press, 2017). His current research investigates the sexualities of straight-identified men who are sexually interested in both women and men, as part of a larger project on the paradoxes of sexual identity as a social construction.

Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan
February 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

Interweaving the narratives of multiple family members, including parents and siblings of her queer and trans informants, Amy Brainer analyzes the strategies that families use to navigate their internal differences. In Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan, Brainer looks across generational cohorts for clues about how larger social, cultural, and political shifts have materialized in people’s everyday lives.

Ovidian Transversions: ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650
February 24, 2020 - 4:00pm

Panel discussion of “Ovidian Transversions: ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650,” Edited by Valerie Traub, Patricia Badir, Peggy McCracken. As a whole, the volume addresses gender and transgender, sexuality and gallantry, anatomy and alchemy, fable and history, youth and pedagogy, language and climate change. 

Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid
March 12, 2020 - 3:00pm

William Lopez, Emily Fredericks, and Matthew Lassiter discuss Lopez's recent book, Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid published by John Hopkins University Press in September 2019. This event is part of IRWG's Gender: New Works, New Questions series, which spotlights recent publications by U-M faculty members and allows for deeper discussion by an interdisciplinary panel.

 

LGQRI lecture by Andrea Bolivar
March 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

Andrea Bolivar is a cultural anthropologist whose current project, “‘Somos una Fantasia’: Race, Violence, and Potentiality in Transgender Latina Sexual Economies of Labor” examines the experiences of sex working transgender Latinas in the Chicago metropolitan area. Her project interrogates how transgender Latinas are racialized and sexualized in sexual economies of labor, and in the U.S. nation more broadly.

purple and yellow graphic with silhouette of women with her fist raised in the air Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP)
November 19, 2020 - 9:00am

The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. 

purple and yellow graphic with silhouette of women with her fist raised in the air Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP)
November 20, 2020 - 9:00am

The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. 

purple and yellow graphic with silhouette of women with her fist raised in the air Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP)
November 21, 2020 - 9:00am

The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. 

Browse Past Events

Event Title and Date Event Summary
book cover, "The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac" The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac: The Politics of Sexual Privacy in Northern California
December 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Prof. Clayton Howard chronicles the rise of sexual privacy as a fulcrum of American cultural politics, focusing on the history of gay rights in the San Francisco Bay Area from World War II to the dawn of the culture wars in the 1970s and exploring how government policies shaped the cultural politics of the moderate suburbs.

Poetry (& More) with Kay Ulanday Barrett
November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

The Spectrum Center, Council for Disability Concerns, and School of Social Work DEI are very excited to host multi-talented brown trans disabled artist, Kay Ulanday Barrett this November. Kay is a poet, performer, and educator whose work has been supported and published by organizations including the UN Global LGBTQ+ Summit, the Asian American Literary Review, and Race Forward. Join us in hosting them during Trans Awareness Week to hear about their work, both in reading and in their experience creating it.

Kavi Ade Event Flyer Trans Awareness Week 2019 Keynote Speaker: Kavi Ade
November 18, 2019 - 6:30pm

Please join this year's Transgender Awareness Week Keynote speaker, Kavi Ade, on Monday, November 18th, 6:30-7:30 pm at the School of Social Work, Room ECC (located on the first floor). Kavi Ade is a Black Trans Queer speaker, arts educator and nationally recognized poet of Afro & Indigenous Caribbean descent. Speaking on race, gender, sexuality, mental health, domestic violence, and sexual assault Kavi’s work grapples with being set at the throne of violence, and exploring the ways a body can learn to survive.

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here
November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

Penny Stamps Speaker Series event: Los Angeles-based public artist, Suzanne Lacy

Unruly Figures, Vernacular Idioms: Politics of Sexuality in India
November 12, 2019 - 4:00am

This talk reflects on the key interventions of Navaneetha Mokkil’s recently published book Unruly Figures: Queerness, Sex Work and the Politics of Sexuality in Kerala.  Mokkil tracks the cultural practices through which sexual figures are produced in the public imagination and how these figures are accessed and deployed by marginalized sexual subjects, primarily the sex worker and the lesbian, as they stage their own fractured journeys of resistance in the post-1990s context of globalization.

Past Events By Semester

You can also browse our past events by semester/term.

Winter & Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Winter & Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Who's your dream team?

  

"It was incredible to sit on a panel and hear my dream team of scholars from each field—Professors Karyn Lacy from Sociology, Gayle Rubin from Women's Studies and Anthropology, and Charles Hiroshi Garrett from Musicology—engage my book from their differing disciplinary perspectives. . .What a brilliant format and series for discussing new work in gender and sexuality studies.”

– Nadine Hubbs (Women’s Studies, Music), author of Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music