Call for Stories - Loyal Daughters and Sons

November 23, 2015

Loyal Daughters and Sons, now in its 10th year, gathers anonymous stories from community members about gender issues, gender identity, sexuality, and sexual assault at Notre Dame. We then take those stories and adapt them for the stage, so that we can tell the stories that otherwise would not be heard. You may have seen our "Tell Your Story" posters, featuring anonymous quotes about many of these issues, around campus. Those are some of the stories other people have shared anonymously, with us or on social media, and now we want to hear your story.…

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Upcoming Events

Research Workshop - Emily Maiden

Fri Dec 4, 2015 12:00PM - 1:00PM • 339 O'Shaughnessy

The Curse of Nakedness and Women’s Nonviolent Protest Movements in Africa

Presenter: Emily Maiden
PHD Political Science and Peace Studies and Gender Studies Graduate Minor

December 4, 2015
Noon – 339 O’Shaughnessy

Using evidence from a number of African countries, this project demonstrates one way that the human body can be used as a tool for political protest. In particular, it reveals how and when the naked body is utilized by African women’s organizations as an effective nonviolent protest tool. It looks at a number of women’s organizations that employed the strategic use of anasyrma or “the deliberate exposing of part or all of the naked body” as a form of protest performance. This is most commonly referred to across sub-Saharan Africa as the “curse of nakedness.” Drawing on feminist institutionalism, I argue that across Africa the use of nakedness by African women as a form of protest performance challenges dominant institutionalized gender ideologies that define these women as weak and powerless.…

Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies

Fri Feb 12, 2016

The biannual Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies

With our colleagues in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Saint Mary’s College, the Gender Studies Program hosted the first biannual Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies for students enrolled in Midwestern colleges and universities on April 4-5 2014. This conference offers students a public forum to present their research and discuss the gender component of it in an interdisciplinary, academic setting. Its aim is to support the development of an undergraduate gender studies research community in the Midwest.…