2019 Community of Scholars Symposium


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group photo of COS fellows on steps of Lane Hall
Event Date: 
October 25, 2019
Event Time: 
11:30am to 4:30pm
2239 Lane Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Accessible entrance and elevator at Washington Street entrance (near loading dock). Gender inclusive restroom on Floor 1.
group photo of COS fellows on steps of Lane Hall

The Community of Scholars is comprised of recipients of 2019 summer fellowships from IRWG and the Rackham Graduate School for graduate students pursuing research, scholarship, or creative activities focusing on women and/or gender.

To encourage cross-disciplinary exchange, the fellows participated in a weekly seminar in May and June, during which they discussed their work-in-progress. In July and August, they dispersed for research and writing. They reconvene for the annual Community of Scholars Symposium, to share the product of their summer’s work with each other and a broader audience.

The fellows have designed the panels for this symposium to showcase the conversations across disciplines and fields about scholarship on women and gender that emerged during the summer seminar.


11:30 am: Lunch and Opening Remarks (Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP)

12:00 - 1:20 pm: Sex, Structure, Surveillance

  • Aida Levy-Hussen (Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, English), Panel Chair
  • Kamaria Porter (Education), "Speaking Into Silence: Intersections of Identity, Legality, and the Decision to Report Sexual Violence on Campus"
  • Molly Brookfield (History), "Wolves, Sailors, and the Normalization of Street Harassment"
  • Traci Carson (Public Health), "The Silent Culture and Consequences of Low Energy Availability in Current and Former Female Distance Runners: A Mixed Methods Investigation" 

1:20 - 3:00 pm: Reframing Narratives

  • LaKisha Simmons (Associate Professor, Women’s Studies and History), Panel Chair
  • Emily Gauld (German), “Composing the Learned Woman: Gender and Nation in 19th-Century German Music Pedagogy” 
  • Michelle May-Curry (American Culture), “'My Inheritance:' The Movement Girl and The Family Archive” 
  • Jennifer Alzate González (English), “Meditation on Digital Precarity: How Feminist of Color Resource Lists and Bibliographies Survive 404 Errors” 
  • Zach Schudson (Psychology/Women’s Studies), “Gender/Sex Majorities’ Motivated Disruption of Gender/Sex Diversity Research” 

10 Minute Break

3:10 - 4:30 pm: (Re)Building Lives and Communities

  • Allison Alexy (Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies and Asian Languages and Cultures), Panel Chair
  • Anne Clark (Sociology), “How does residential mobility affect sex and contraceptive use during women’s transition to adulthood?”
  • Steph Fajardo (History), “The Figure of the Filipina Prostitute: Gender and Nationalism in the Postwar Philippines”
  • Chelle Jones (Sociology), “Balancing Safety and Visibility: Lesbian Community Building Strategies in South Korea”

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to help us with ordering.