Faculty Research Workshops

The workshop will provide an opportunity for Gender Studies faculty members to share their research and solicit feedback from colleagues who share their interest in gender and sexuality. Our expectation is that the great diversity of perspectives and expertise among our faculty will improve everyone’s work by highlighting disciplinary blind spots, introducing scholars to new literature and emerging lines of inquiry, and fostering cross-disciplinary intellectual community for sharing ideas and scholarship related to gender and sexuality.

Fall 2018 Gender Studies Faculty Research Workshops

Francisco Robles (English)

Unsettling Monuments of Latinx Masculinity in Estela Portillo-Trambley's "Rain of Scorpions"

Wednesday, October 24 | 12-1pm
339 O’Shaughnessy Hall

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In this paper, I consider Estela Portillo Trambley's "Rain of Scorpions" novella and its critiques of Chicanx masculinity as contained in radical-revolutionary political movements. I am also interested in examining how the novella, as part of Portillo Trambley's Rain of Scorpions short story collection, offers an undoing of the logics of the young man's bildungsroman or the tropes of developing masculine consciousness in many Chicano publications of the 1960s and 1970s. This paper is also a partial recovery of and engagement with the early critical work on Portillo Trambley, an author whose writings have largely been ignored in current conversations about Chicanx Literature, while also considering how decoloniality, as a critical lens, might lead to a renewed appreciation and reinvigoration of those early conversations.  Event Link

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Rebecca Gibson (Anthropology)

Competing Discourses: Is the Corset a Killer?

Monday, November 12 | 12:45-1:45pm
339 O'Shaughnessy Hall

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This work in progress is a chapter in Gibson's upcoming book, which is tentatively titled All Bound Up: An Examination of the Bioarchaeology of the Practice of Corseting. In this chapter, she examines the myth of the killer corset as one of the discourses around the garment which shapes our understanding of it today. Gibson will analyze how doctors from the early 1900s thought about the corset, and compare that to the skeletal evidence about corset wearer's longevity.   Event Link

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