Graduate Theses, Internship Narratives, and Portfolios
For more information about the graduate thesis, internship, and portfolio tracks available to WGS M.A. students, visit our graduate tracks page.
The department's annual Talk & Toast event, which showcases the work of graduating WGS graduate students, was held virtually this past spring (due to COVID-19) on April 24, 2020. MA students Fyn Asay, Breanna Carter, and Jonathan Rosenstadt presented their work during the event.
Fyn Asay: "The research I am presenting at Talk and Toast, entitled, Theorizing Transfat Embodiment, is focused on exploring the intersection of the transgender and fat identity (transfat) through the examination of two key texts I have identified, Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars and Pat from the Saturday Night Live skits, “It’s Pat” from the 1990’s. Through an examination of these texts I explore how the erasure and marginalization of a transfat embodiment is tied to transnormativity, racism and fatphobia."
Jonathan Rosenstadt: "For Talk and Toast, I am presenting my portfolio Legally (In)Human: Selected Works on State Sanctioned Identities and Representations of Sex and Gender. These pieces explore the ways in which the state perpetuates homo/transphobia by excusing multiple forms of violence against some LGBTQIA(+) people while, critically, also denying them access to legal categories of human. I also present possibilities for inclusion, beyond the state’s current binaristic hegemony, that calls for the systematic restructuring of existing legal organizations and classifications."