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WGS hosting "A Conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson" a feminist art historian from UC Berkeley on 5/8

May 3, 2018


Join renowned feminist art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson for a conversation about her work in, and the relationships between, feminism, the visual arts, and cultural production. In particular, Dr. Bryan-Wilson will discuss the path that led to her career in the visual arts, art history, and feminism, and we will explore the opportunities—
and challenges—that are involved for scholars, artists, activists, and other professionals identified as feminists in the visual arts, and in cultural production more generally, in our current moment.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Time: 11:10AM-12PM

Location: Bldg. 10, Rm. 115

Title: A Conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson

Abstract: Join renowned feminist art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson for a conversation about her work in, and the relationships between, feminism, the visual arts, and cultural production. In particular, Dr. Bryan-Wilson will discuss the path that led to her career in the visual arts, art history, and feminism, and we will explore the opportunities—and challenges—that are involved for scholars, artists, activists, and other professionals identified as feminists in the visual arts, and in cultural production more generally, in our current moment.

About Julia Bryan-Wilson: Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of modern and contemporary art in the History of Art Department at U.C. Berkeley, where she teaches classes that focus on art since 1960 in the US, Europe, and Latin America; she is also the Director of the U.C. Berkeley Arts Research Center. Her research interests include theories of artistic labor, feminist and queer theory, performance, production/fabrication, craft histories, photography, video, visual culture of the nuclear age, and collaborative practices. She is the author of books such as Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (University of California Press, 2009, named a best book of the year by Artforum); Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016); and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (University of Chicago, 2017, a New York Times best art book of the year), and her articles have appeared in Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Artforum, Camera Obscura, differences, Grey Room, October, Parkett, Journal of Modern Craft, Oxford Art Journal, and TDR: The Drama Review, among many other venues. She was the Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in Spring 2014, and from fall 2014 to spring 2015 she was a Townsend Center for the Humanities Associate Professor Fellow. In 2017 she was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2018-19 she will be the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Wililams College. 

In addition, with Andrea Andersson, Dr. Bryan-Wilson curated Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in 2017 and will travel to the Berkeley Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the ICA in Philadelphia. She is currently writing a book about Louise Nevelson (under advanced contract with Yale University Press), which was awarded a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities summer research grant.

 

 

Mel Y. Chen of UC Berkeley to give a talk on "Queer InHumanism: Thinking with Race & Disability" on 5/7

May 3, 2018


Join Dr. Chen for a talk on queer inhumanism (as conceived with Dana Luciano) as a way to think about current national and global crises and as a way to examine questions about how perceived time plays a role in human (and inhuman) difference. Dr. Chen will also explore how these and related matters have meant that what we today know as ‘race’ and ‘disability’ have become deeply entangled.

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

Time: 2:10-4PM

Location: Advanced Technology Lab ATL (Bldg. 7, 01)

FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/200639367213498/

Title: Queer Inhumanism: Thinking with Race and Disability 

Abstract: Join Dr. Chen for a talk on queer inhumanism (as conceived with Dana Luciano) as a way to think about current national and global crises and as a way to examine questions about how perceived time plays a role in human (and inhuman) difference. Dr. Chen will also explore how these and related matters have meant that what we today know as ‘race’ and ‘disability’ have become deeply entangled.

About Dr. Mel Y. Chen: Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at U.C. Berkeley and Director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture. Dr. Chen is also an affiliate of the Center for Race and Gender; the Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Science; the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society; and the Haas Disability Studies and LGBTQ Citizenship Research Clusters at U.C. Berkeley. Their research and teaching interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory and Asian American studies, disability studies, science studies, and critical linguistics. Dr. Chen’s scholarly work has been published in 
journals such as Women’s Studies Quarterly, GLQ, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Transgender Studies Quarterly, and their 2012 book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke University Press), won the Alan Bray Award from Modern Language Association’s GL/Q Caucus. Dr. Chen also produces creative work, including the 2007 short film Local Grown Corn, which explores interweavings of immigration, childhood, illness and friendship and has played in both Asian and Queer film festivals.

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In Solidarity

Apr 24, 2018


4/19/18

To the Campus Community:

Teaching, learning and doing in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Cal Poly is designed to promote scholarly inquiry, education and activism. On behalf of the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and Triota – Cal Poly’s Womxn’s & Gender Studies Honor Society and Feminist Activist Community – we write to share the Solidarity Statement released by the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) in January 2015 and to affirm our commitment to, as the NWSA describes in this statement, “an inclusive feminist vision that is in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and sovereignty rights globally, that challenges settler colonial practices, and that contests violations of civil rights and international human rights law, military occupation and militarization, including the criminalization of the U.S. borders, and myriad forms of dispossession.” 

As scholar-activists in Women’s & Gender Studies we stand in solidarity with the BSU and the Drylongso Collective. We write to publicly commit to amplifying the voices, experiences, and knowledge of students, staff, faculty, and alumni of color in our social change work at Cal Poly and in the San Luis Obispo community. We further publicly commit to centering the work of scholar-activists of color in Women’s & Gender Studies as a field, and, specifically, in all components of Women’s & Gender Studies at Cal Poly. Finally, we publicly commit to supporting all actions necessary to create a more just and equitable Cal Poly and world.  

Leilani Hemmings Pallay (she, her, hers)
President, Triota

Katie L. Ettl (she, her, hers)
Vice President, Triota

Dr. Elizabeth Adan (she, her, hers)
Interim Chair [Winter/Spring 2018], Women’s & Gender Studies
Professor, Art & Design

Dr. Jane Lehr (she, her, hers)
Chair [on sabbatical Winter/Spring 2018], Women’s & Gender Studies
Professor, Ethnic Studies

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Queer Studies minor at Cal Poly recognized on Mustang News!

Oct 12, 2017


After years of development, the Women’s and Gender Studies department celebrated the launch of the new Queer Studies minor Oct. 4.

Mireille Miller-Young of UCSB to give a talk on "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography" on 10/16

Sep 27, 2017


Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara will be giving a talk entitled "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography" on Monday, October 16 from 4:10PM-6PM at Cal Poly in the ATL. Sponsored by the Cal Poly Women's & Gender Studies Department. This event is free and open to the public.

Queer Studies Minor Launch Party 10/4

Sep 15, 2017


Come out to celebrate the new Queer Studies minor at Cal Poly!

The Women's & Gender Studies Department will be hosting a Queer Studies Minor Launch Party on Wednesday, October 4 from 4:10-5:30PM. We will have a dessert reception with light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

Jodi Evans of CODE Pink to speak on “Growing a Local Peace Economy and Divesting from the War Machine”

Sep 13, 2017


Jodi Evans of CODE PINK will speak on “Growing a Local Peace Economy and Divesting from the War Machine” on Saturday September 23 at 6:30pm in Building 3, Room 213. Evans will argue that, “The wars are robbing our schools, our healthcare, our children and their future.”

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2017-18 Scholarship Recipients

May 9, 2017


The Women’s & Gender Studies Department is pleased to announce nine scholarship recipients for 2017-18.

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WGS Chair, Dr. Lehr representing Women in Technology

Feb 23, 2017


Dr. Lehr, our very own Chair of Women's & Gender Studies, is a keynote speaker at the Women in Technology  Dinner on February 22, 2017. This event is sponsored by Softec and MINDBODY.

Keynote speakers will lead a discussion on how to attract and retain talent. 

2017-18 Scholarship Opportunities

Feb 15, 2017


The Women’s & Gender Studies Department is pleased to announce nine scholarship opportunities for students at Cal Poly.

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