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News from WGS at SFSU:
Spotlight on Undergraduate Majors
Our undergraduate programs are thriving and growing. Currently, the department supports 100 majors and 32 minors. Continuing our social justice tradition, all WGS senior majors spend a semester working in the community as part of their senior internship course (WGS 698). This semester, WGS students are contributing to organizations such as the LGBT Youth Space in San Jose and the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco; youth education and empowerment programs including Oasis for Girls, Reading Partners of SF, and Girl Ventures; agencies addressing homelessness and domestic violence including the SHE (Sexual and Reproductive Health Education) Project and Shalom-Bayit; the transgender outreach programs of the SF Public Health department and the TriCity Health Center; and political advocacy organizations QUIT (Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism) and About Face.
Film Screening and Director Dialogue
On September 25, 2013, Professor Jillian Sandell hosted a screening of Irene Lusztig's 2013 experimental documentary, The Motherhood Archives followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. An homage to 1970s feminist filmmaking practices, The Motherhood Archives is a meditation on the maternal body as a site of institutional control, ideological surveillance, medical knowledge, and nationalist state intervention, and in the Q&A Lusztig talked about her archival research, her feminist filmmaking practices, and the way her film has been received. Screened as part of "Women and Media" (a cross-listed class in Women and Gender Studies and Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts), the event was attended by students and faculty from across campus.
Graduate Student Spotlight
“I came to the Women and Gender Studies Department because I wanted to make sense of the profound social, physical and political changes wreaking havoc on San Francisco. Without ever loosing site of contemporary conditions, WGS forced me to grapple deeply with the practice of ‘making sense,’ and the imaginative and political capacities cultivated through ways of knowing, seeing, and staging the world. Supported by an incredible team of trans-disciplinary WGS faculty, I am focusing my master’s thesis research on a local history initiative that collected and displayed family photographs of Mission residents during the first dot-com boom. I am studying this particular exhibition to consider how the project confronted displacement and neighborhood transformation, while raising broader questions about the complex relationship between history and political action. With generous mentors and graduate-level independent research, I feel well equipped to apply for PhD programs next fall.” ~Megan Martenyi, second year WGS graduate student
New WGS Faculty Member
The WGS Department is delighted to announce our new colleague Evren Savcı. Prof. Savcı received her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Sociology and Gender Studies in 2011, and arrived at SFSU after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN). Her ongoing book project Queer in Translation: Paradoxes of Westernization and Sexual Others in the Turkish Nation traces the travel and translation of Western concepts that surround discourses on non-normative genders and sexualities such as gender identity, sexual orientation, hate crimes and LGBT rights to the context of contemporary Turkey. She is teaching Muslim Feminisms, Feminist Research Methods, Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, Gender and Modernity in Arab and Muslim Communities, and Feminist Pedagogies in WGS. She is also affiliated with the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at SFSU.
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