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Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
 

Research Series, 2009-2010

THE POLITICS OF VULNERABILITY: SUBJECTS, BODIES, COMMUNITIES

Fundamental to human being and social life, vulnerability can be the condition for suffering and inequality but also the ground for cooperative empowerment and growth. Thoroughly gendered and often sexualized, vulnerability can be used to justify cultural abjection and social exclusions. But vulnerable subjects, bodies, and communities can also interrupt prevailing norms or provoke individual and collective transformation.

By bringing together scholars from the Humanities and Social Sciences to address the Politics of Vulnerability, the Center aims to open new questions and provoke creative consideration of the unexamined gender and sexual dynamics of vulnerability, including the vulnerable boundaries of disciplined knowledge that feminist studies continues to negotiate.

Friday, October 16, 2009
4pm - 5:30pm, Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library 3rd Floor

Public Lecture:
Vulnerability, Disposability, Desubjectivation
Ranjana Khanna, Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English, Duke University

Saturday, October 17, 2009
9am - 2pm, Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library 3rd floor

Panel Presentations
The Politics of Vulnerability: Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Friday, October 30, 2009
4pm - 6pm, HUM 115 (open to Rice faculty, fellows, and advanced graduate students)

Feminist Research Group:
From the Blood of Race to the Chromosomes of Gender: The Legal Criteria of Race and Sex in Cases of "Fraud" 
Jenifer Bratter, Associate Director of Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University
Kristen Schilt, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
Seminar Leader: Sarah Fenstermaker, Professor of Sociology, University of California – Santa Barbara 

Friday, November 13, 2009
4pm - 5:30pm, HUM 117

Public Lecture:
The Part that has no Part: Sexuality, Autology, Genealogy and the End of Recognition in Contemporary Australia 
Elizabeth Povinelli, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
12pm - 1:30pm, Ken Kennedy Conference Room, Duncan Hall 3076

Public Lecture:
"I'm Not Too Aware Down There": Incorporating the Vulva into the Female Body Image 
Christine Labuski, CSWGS Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
12pm - 1:30pm, Ken Kennedy Conference Room, Duncan Hall 3076

Public Lecture:
“Never Again a Mexico Without Us”: Gender, Indigenous Autonomy, and Multiculturalism in Neoliberal Mexico 
Melissa Forbis, CSWGS Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University

Friday, February 5, 2010
5:30pm - 6:30pm, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility

Public Lecture:
Discussing the Undiscussable: HPV Vaccination, the Politics of Non-Knowledge, and the Limits of Queer Biocitizenship  
Steve Epstein, Professor of Sociology and John C. Shaffer Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University
This event is co-sponsored by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Friday, February 19, 2010
4pm - 6pm, HUM 115 (open to Rice faculty, fellows, and advanced graduate students)

Feminist Research Group:
9/11 Cultures and Political Knowledge 
Susan Lurie, Associate Professor of English, Rice University
Seminar Leader: Linda Kauffman, Professor of English, University of Maryland – College Park

Friday, March 26, 2010
9am - 1:30pm, Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library 3rd Floor

3rd Annual Graduate Symposium:
Apertures: Openings in the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Call for Papers (Abstracts due January 11, 2010)
Preliminary Program 
Keynote Speaker: Monica Perales, Assistant Professor of History, University of Houston
'Who has a greater job than a mother?': Defining Mexican Motherhood on the U.S.-Mexico Border in the Early 20th Century 

Saturday, April 24, 2010
9am - 2pm, Founders Room, Lovett Hall 2nd Floor (Entrance B)

Seminar: Works-in-Progress on The Politics of Vulnerability
Seminar Leaders:
Wendy Brown, Heller Professor of Political Science, University of California – Berkeley
Sharon Holland, Associate Professor of English, African & African American Studies, and Women's Studies, Duke University
Carol Quillen, Associate Professor of History, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Director of Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, Rice University

This series was sponsored by the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences.

Events Contact: cswgs@rice.edu 
Angela Wren Wall, Center Coordinator, 713.348.5784
Brian Riedel, Projects Coordinator, 713.348.2162