Community of Scholars Symposium


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group photo of COS participants on Lane Hall steps
2016 Community of Scholars
Event Date: 
October 7, 2016
Event Time: 
9:00am to 4:00pm
2239 Lane Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Ramp and elevator access at the E. Washington Street entrance (by the loading dock). There are accessible restrooms on the south end of Lane Hall, on each floor of the building. A gender neutral restroom is available on the first floor.
group photo of COS participants on Lane Hall steps
2016 Community of Scholars

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The Community of Scholars is comprised of recipients of 2016 summer fellowships from IRWG and the Rackham Graduate School  for graduate students pursuing scholarly research or other creative projects 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.

Opening Remarks (9:00-9:10am): Elizabeth Wingrove

Panel 1. Modernity Trouble: Sexuality, Disability, Gender  (9:10-10:40am)
Panel Chair: Dean Hubbs (Women’s Studies and Music)

  • Chris Sargent (Anthropology), "Strengthen Your Heart’" Maternal Labor, Moral Orientations, and Childhood Intellectual Disability in Jordan
  • Sahin Acikgoz (Comparative Literature), Can the Lubunya Speak? The Erasure of Transgender Subjectivity in Turkey and the Transnational Politics of Representation 
  • Alessio Ponzio (Women’s Studies and History), Italian Male-Male Prostitution in 1950s-1960s Fiction

Panel 2.  Murder, Harassment, and Righteous Reproduction: What’s a "Good" Woman to Do? (10:40am-12:10pm)
Panel Chair: Caryl Flinn (Screen Arts and Cultures and Women’s Studies)

  • Josh Morrison (Screen Arts and Cultures), Killer Camp: "Bad" Feelings, Communal Healing, and Consumptive Camp
  • Danielle Czarnecki (Sociology), "I'm trying to create; I'm not trying to destroy:" Protestant Women's Moral Reasoning Surrounding the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Lindsay Blackwell (School of Information), Enforcing and Performing '"Good" Womanhood: Online Harassment as Social Sanctioning

LUNCH (provided, please register):  12:10-1:00pm

Panel 3.  Reading Gender Violence: Courts, Plantations, and Natural Resource Extraction (1:00-2:30pm)
Panel Chair: Victoria Langland (History and Romance Languages and Literatures)

  • Ángela Pérez-Villa (History and Women’s Studies), "Injured and Publicly Disgraced:" Lower-Class Women’s Court Disputes for Honor in Times of War, Colombia, 1809-1819   
  • Mary Renda (Romance Languages and Literatures), Empire and Extraction: Heteropatriarchy and the Struggle for Natural Resource Control in the Andes
  • Kyera Singleton (American Culture), Talking with the Door Closed: The Gendered and Sexual Politics of Imprisonment

Panel 4. Politics of Representation: Papas, Pastors, and Poets (2:30-4:00pm)
Panel Chair: Candace Moore (Screen Arts and Cultures and Women’s Studies)

  • Courtney McCluney (Psychology), Troubling Her: A Narrative Investigation of Black Clergy Women's Strengths 
  • Christina LaRose  (Women’s Studies and English), Displacement and Levantine Arab American Subjectivity: Post-Anthropocentrism in the Poetry of Etel Adnan
  • Brady G’Sell (Anthropology and History), Problematic Paters: Race, Class and Fatherhood in South Africa

The Community of Scholars is funded by the Rackham Graduate School and administered by IRWG. Elizabeth Wingrove was the faculty advisor for 2016.