Initiatives for Students-Dr. Nesette Falu, AAS & WGSS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

Queering the Body: Unraveling Race, Gender, and Sexuality

This reading and discussion group will explore how material realities (objects, bodies, and symbols) impact social identities and social change. How might we understand circulating slogans that emerge via bodily representations such as "put your hands up" through existing race theories? How might we reinterpret the material suggestive of whiteness or blackness raveled in gender formations as in Caitlyn Jenner and others? We will discuss short readings alongside social media and global news. The objective of this dialogue group is to create a communal yet rigorous space to share ideas and supplement your classroom discussions and writings. The thematic monthly sessions: September 23: human rights, October 14: global health, November 11: structural violence, December 9: freedom. Roll-in basis for upper undergraduates and graduate students.

Time: 12:00-1:30pm | Location: Williams Hall, Room 450


Ethnographic Encounters: Customizing your Research Methods for Fieldwork

Getting ready to conduct research and fieldwork in the social sciences and humanities? Want to learn more about how to interpret ethnographic research? This workshop will explore various ethnographic methodologies and pearls for gathering information, conducting interviews, engaging informants, and interpreting social contexts. We will address: (1) how can you locate yourself in relation to others, within a different context, different language, etc., (2) how to navigate during fieldwork various social analytical themes such as race, gender and sexuality and complex research questions within your research, and (3) how to write ethnographically and incorporate your self-reflective voice. Monthly sessions for upper undergraduates and graduate students on a roll-in basis, September 24, October 22, November 12, December 10.

Time: 12:00-1:30pm | Location: Williams Hall, Room 450


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