Notes from the Head
Fall 2013 has been another exciting term for the Department of Gender Studies and certainly an interesting and exciting one for me, as Head of the Department. Thank you to everyone – students, faculty, and most especially Joan Butler for making me feel welcome and keeping me organized. Thanks too to our outgoing department Head, Dr. Katherine Side for her years of hard work for the department, work that brought us to department status, a new name, and set us on track for continuing growth. Dr. Side is now on a well-deserved year of administrative leave, but will be back in July 2014.
We welcome a new faculty member, Carol-Lynne D’Arcangelis, who introduces herself to you in this newsletter. Dr. Sonja Boon is busy as ever and is also our Graduate Coordinator. Dr. Vicki Hallett is once again a member of our teaching faculty and currently serves as our undergraduate coordinator.
The Gender Studies Speakers’ Series continues to feature faculty and graduate students from Gender Studies as well as faculty from across campus. We are also screening a series of documentary films on feminist and gender studies themes. Thanks to the faculty and graduate students who have helped run these events in the Fall term. Watch the walls and bulletin boards in the department throughout winter term for upcoming speakers and films and join us for the conversation!
Gender Studies has some special events happening in the coming winter term:
- We will be interviewing candidates for a new position in Post-colonial Feminisms. You, too, can be part of the hiring process by attending the research presentations of those candidates we interview. Keep watching the website, our Facebook page, and our bulletin boards for all the details.
- Following on the heels of last year’s successful symposium, "(un)doing GNDR," we are organizing an event called "Pop Goes Gender: Gender, Race and Representation in Popular Culture." Set for March 13th & 14th 2014, this event will feature two invited guest speakers, Dr. Beth Pentney and Dr. Yasmin Jiwani, and plenty of opportunity for discussion from all students and faculty interested in Gender Studies. Mark your schedules now! Our appreciation and thanks to the Office of the Provost for the Scholarship in the Arts funding that makes this event possible.
Gender Studies now has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MUNGenderStudies. "Like" us and you’ll have all our announcements of guest speakers, films, special events, new courses, etc., right at your fingertips.
I wish all of you a happy and successful end of term and look forward to working with you in the new year.
Head, Department of Gender Studies