Gender and Sexuality Studies Symposium

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The Gender and Sexuality Studies Symposium has created this digital archive to celebrate and showcase student work in Gender and Sexuality Studies. A call is made each year for submissions oriented around gender and sexuality or that center a feminist, queer, trans, and/or non-binary perspective, including academic essays, posters, artwork, performances, podcast, digital media, activism projects, and more. 

21st Annual Gender and Sexuality Symposium


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Renowned author and Harvard professor Marjorie Garber's opening remarks reflected upon the importance of continuing research in the field of gender studies.


Welcome: Dr. Judy Haas, Chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Reflections on Gender and Sexuality Studies: Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan, Jr. Research Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

3:45-4:45 P.M. Panel 1: Our Bodies, Our Selves: Law, Medicine, and Discipline
Moderator: Dr. Kate Shields, Environmental Studies and Sciences 
Emma Taylor, “Love Life, the Pro-Life Movement in North Carolina, and the Abortion Access Fight" (faculty sponsor, Dr. Robert Saxe)   
Maya Underwood, “Modernizing Feminist Accounts of Anorexia Nervosa” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Rebecca Tuvel)
Maggie Emmendorfer, "Did It Jiggle When You Fell from Heaven: An Analysis of Fat Sexuality Through Feminist Theory" (faculty sponsor, Dr. Judy Haas)

5:00-6:15 P.M. Panel 2: Losing My Religion: Sexuality and Confession
Moderator: Dr. Shatavia Wynn, Religious Studies
Trinity Lambert, “The Life of Jesus through A Feminist Framework” (faculty Sponsor, Dr. Beck Henriksen)        
GraceAnne Hodgson, “Love, Sex, and Marriage in the French Middle Ages and Sixteenth Century” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Stacey Battis)
Lakshmi Alla, “The Horrors of Gender Binary System Creeping into the Medical Field” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Beck Henriksen)
Camille Montoya, “The Influences of Hispanic/Latino Culture on Plurisexual Individuals Coming Out to Their Families” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Evelyn Perry and Dr. Jeanne Lopiparo)

6:15-6:30 P.M. Break

6:30-7:45 P.M. Panel 3: Sex and Death in Popular Culture
Moderator: Dr. Nina Morais, Modern Languages and Literatures
Ben Robison, “Our Brothers' Keepers: Old Noir Heroes in a New Age of Film” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Robert Saxe)  
Kelsey Steinmetz, “Girls, Ghosts, and Guerrilleros: Rosero's Weaponization of Vision in Los ejércitos (2007)” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Juanita Bernal Benavides)  
Jamie Garland, “2010s Trans Internet Discourse, Conventionality, and Individuality in Torrey Peters' Detransition, Baby” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Gordon Bigelow)

7:45 P.M. Light Reception

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Emma Taylor presenting Love Life, the Pro-Life Movement in North Carolina, and the Abortion Access Fight" (faculty sponsor, Dr. Robert Saxe)