Gender Institute News

Gender Institute Awards Upcoming Deadlines

Isabel Marcus International Research Fellowship:
Monday, February 5, 2018

Excellence in Mentoring Award:
Monday, March 5, 2018

PhD Dissertation Fellowship:
Monday, March 19, 2018

Duke's Feminist Theory Workshop Travel Grant: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

Faculty Research Grants:
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Upcoming Spring Events

February 8, 2018  - 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
10 Capen Hall (The Buffalo Room)

The Gender Institute, in cooperation with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, will host an all-day symposium on North Campus in mid-February 2018 titled “Reproductive Justice: Theory & Practice.” The term “Reproductive Justice” emerged over a decade ago to expand the aims of the pro-choice movement to include a larger spectrum of concerns that highlight racial and economic inequalities such as food insecurity and unemployment, access to affordable daycare, affordable health care and physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  The aim of the symposium will be to discuss how national conversations revolving around reproductive justice impact local communities and vice versa.

Dr. Elena GutiĆ©rrez (left), Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago and Dr. Jamila Perritt, board certified OBGYN and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Junior Fellow of the Society of Family Planning

The symposium will feature two keynote speakers: Dr. Jamila Perritt, an OB-GYN physician in Washington, DC, committed to community-based care focusing on sexual health, reproductive rights and social justice; and Professor Elena Gutiérrez, in Women’s Studies and Latino/Latin American Studies at University of Illinois, Chicago, who will discuss her work with immigrant Mexican women in Chicago and the history of sterilization among Mexican women in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

The timing of the symposium is significant. The year 2018 marks the 45 anniversary of Roe v Wade as well as the 20anniversary of Dr. Barnett Slepian’s murder in Western New York. This symposium will be a way to recognize a national legal victory alongside a local tragedy in the long battle for the achievement and the protections of women’s human rights. 


Spring Lecture

April 19, 2018

Amber Jamilla Musser's research is at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality studies. Her monograph, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) uses masochism as a lens to theorize different felt relationships to power. The book beings together debates on masochism within feminism, discussions of masochism from psychoanalysis and critiques of colonialism, literary presentations of masochism, and performance and visual art that draws on masochism's repertoire in order to make an argument about the relationship between sensation and knowledge production and the racialization of our current episteme of sexuality. Her current research project, "Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings" uses women of color's aesthetic labors to re-imagine epistemologies of sexuality so that they center brown femininity.

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Recent News

NYS New Paid Family Leave Law

New York just became the fifth state to enact a paid family leave law. It’s important to understand that the new law provides mandatory coverage for private sector employees only. Public sector employees will only be covered if their public employer elects to opt-in to coverage. For unionized public employees, this opt-in must be bargained.