News & Events
News and Announcements
The Department of Women's & Gender Studies is hosting a conference on October 28, 2022. Living Feminisms will feature research that engages the histories, politics, and possibilities of living feminist lives. We are accepting submissions from all USF students and faculty, and welcome creative projects and papers or presentations on topics including but not limited to reproductive freedom, human rights, state violence, racial capitalism, transgender, queer, and intersectional activisms, indigenous decolonization, consumer beauty culture, feminist approaches to health and law, and related topics. The deadline for submissions is September 28, 2022. To apply, visit our Google application form.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Department of Women's & Gender Studies. We will be hosting celebration events throughout the fall and spring semesters, including a mini-conference, art exhibits, luncheon with keynote, anti-racism workshops, and more. To view some of the upcoming events, visit our 50th Anniversary page.
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If you missed our recent events with Kalki Subramaniam, Roc and Dr. Katrina Karkazis, and Dr. Marquis Bey, you can view recordings on Youtube.
"The Power of Art in Social Change" is a lecture with a poetic performance and presentation by Kalki Subramaniam, a celebrated transgender artist and activist from India. Kalki will speak about how, as an artivist, she has broken stereotypes and continues to establishing social acceptance in India by encouraging transgender persons to get involved in activism through art and performances. This event is part of the Visibility & Remembrance art exhibit.
This talk is co-sponsored by WGS and the USF Department of Sociology, USF School of Art and Art History, and USF Office of Multicultural Affairs.
“Re-Imagining the Humanities: Cultivating Attitudes of Anti-Racism and Allyship,” is a continuation of our WGS Anti-Racism Series and will consist of community talks firmly rooted in the humanities – namely, literature, history, gender studies, law, and critical race/area/ethnic studies. At the heart of this initiative is the belief that we can better understand universal themes (e.g., belonging, power, survival, resistance, courage, etc.) in local contexts by engaging with and discussing marginalized people’s stories. Our program serves as a community resource and is an exemplar of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The following talks are part of this series:
- From the Olympics to Personal Fitness: A Conversation on Decolonizing Sports with Dr. Katrina Karkazis and Roc
- Meditations on Blackness and Gender Nonnormativity: A Lecture and Conversation with Professor Marquis Bey
- Solidarity is a Verb: SWANA Liberation, Gender Rights, and Refugee Experiences
This art exhibit is a joint project of the USF Department of Women's & Gender Studies and the USF Women's & Gender Studies Alumni Group. Visit the exhibit page for more information.
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The group will give WGS alumni a way to remain part of a feminist community after graduation, and to participate in activism and networking. More information can be found on the WGS Alumni Group page.
The special issue is on intersex and trans* studies. For more information visit the TSQ website.
During the fall and spring semesters, WGS will host virtual events revolving around the concept of anti-racism. Keith Woods, Chief Diversity Officer at NPR, will kick off the series on October 23rd, with the workshop: Difficult Dialogues about Race.
For more information visit the WGS Anti-Racism Speaker Series page.
The statement is available here.
WGS and the Southeastern Women's Studies Association regret to announce that the SEWSA 2020 annual conference has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference had record registration and an exciting array of speakers and events. Click here to view the conference program.
Art Exhibit: The Founding Mothers: Women in Herstory
March 6, 2020 - May 8, 2020
Hours: 1-5pm daily
The opening reception for this exhibit has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
WGS is pleased to present an exhibit of artwork on loan from the Museum of Motherhood.
About the exhibit: This exhibit brings together feminists throughout herstory who have challenged conventional attitudes about gendered performance and motherhood through their writing, activism, and art. This multi-media interactive exhibit encourages us to think critically about evolving family narratives and womyn's place in society. Join us in discovering the dynamic impact mother studies can have on your life, perspective, and the future.
Curator of The Founding Mothers: Martha Joy Rose is a scholar, artist, and activist. She founded the MaMaPaLooZa music festival while touring with her band Housewives On Prozac and began work on the Museum of Motherhood (MOM) in 2003. She has been organizing the international Academic MOM Conference since (2005), editing the Journal of Mother Studies, and in 2009 she was received the Susan B. Anthony Award from NOW-NYC. She holds an advanced degree in Mother Studies from CUNY, teaches Sociology of Family at the university level, curates exhibits including the "Ima Iyla'a: Art of Motherhood" as part of the 2015 Jerusalem Biennale, the AEHK Artist Tour 2017-2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and M.A.M.A. Mothers Are Making Art in collaboration with Procreate Project and The Mom Egg, online. The Museum of Motherhood is currently located in the MOM Art Annex in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rose's publications include contributions to New Maternalisms (Demeter Press 2016), co-editing of the Music of Motherhood (Demeter Press, 2018), and contributing to The Routledge Companion to Motherhood Studies (2019). More info at MarthaJoyRose.com or MOMmuseum.org
Due to community interest, the WGS art exhibit, Reproductive Justice is for Everyone!, has been extended for another month and will end on March 5, 2020.
For more infomation, visit the exhibit webpage.
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WGS is the host of the 2020 Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference, which will take place March 26-28, 2020 on the St. Petersburg campus of USF.
Volunteers are needed to help with various tasks during the conference, including registration, session and workshop assistance, and panel moderation. If you are interested in volunteering during SEWSA, please fill out this form.
On October 1, 2019, WGS is hosting a Careers and Alumni Panel from 4:30pm-6:30pm in Teco Hall (DAC 103) in the Education Building.
WGS alumni will talk about their careers and share their knowledge about how to use
a WGS degree to get the job you want. A representative from Career Services will also
be present and will present practical information about networking and applying for
The event will include a Q&A with audience questions, and a reception with light refreshments. If you are interested in WGS and would like to know more about career prospects, or if you are currently a WGS student and want some advice on using your degree to get a job, come to the panel!
If you would like to attend but require a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Jennifer Ellerman-Queen at 813-974-5520 at least five (5) working days prior to the event.
Beginning this fall, Dr. Tangela Serls will be living on campus in a 2-bedroom apartment in a dorm, where she will be able to mentor and interact with students closely.
Beginning this fall, WGS welcomes two new visiting faculty.
Dr. Helis Sikk has joined us for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. Sikk has most recently been teaching WGS at DePauw University in Indiana, and before that held positions at the College of Wooster, William and Mary, and the Smithsonian. Her area of expertise focuses on anti-LGBTQ violence, anti-violence activism, and the politics of representation. She is teaching Intro to WGS and Feminist Research Methods for us this year and we’re looking forward to her teaching a course on Queer Comics before long.
Dr. Melinda Mills has joined us this fall as a one-year Visiting Instructor. Dr. Mills has been the Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Castleton University in Vermont. Her recent book, The Borders of Race: Patrolling “Multiracial” Identities, was published in 2017, and her current work focuses on multiracial people in interracial relationships. She is teaching Introduction to WGS and Issues in Feminism this fall, and will be doing History of Feminism and Classics of Feminist Theory in the Spring.
Click here to read the latest news from the department for the spring semester.
WGS is sponsoring a free film screening of the documentary I Am Evidence, which examines the rape-kit backlog in the U.S. and looks for solutions to the problem. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Rachael Power (USF Criminology), Jessica Pinto (Crisis Center of Tampa Bay), and Melissa Suddeth (Florida Department of Law Enforcement); moderator will be Dr. Michelle Hughes Miller (USF Women's and Gender Studies).
The film will be shown in the Oval Theater of the USF Marshall Center. Doors open at 6:15pm and the film begins at 6:30pm. Click here for more information.