Gender Across Borders 2016

Participants of the panel discuss the pressing concerns in feminist theory and praxis today.

Gender Across Borders Panel 2016.

Panel on Muslim women and activism.


In honor of our physical landscape just south of the Canadian border and our location on the historic lands of the six Haudenosaunee nations (Cayugas, Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Senecas, and the Tuscarora), the Gender Institute has hosted "Gender Across Borders" symposia on a variety of border-crossing themes since 2004.

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Women across generations of feminism.

GAB 2014

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Focusing on fashion as a cornerstone in the "architecture of gender," this symposium brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine how fashion shapes human expressions and readings of identity. A central tenet of feminist theory is that gender is built, not innate ("One is not born a woman, but becomes one." --Simone de Beauvoir). Charged with the signifiers of sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, age, beauty, (dis)ability, nation, and religion as well, the body is overladen with social meanings that shift with changing fashions of time and place. An audience of seventy faculty, students, and staff responded enthusiastically to a brilliant keynote talk by Marjorie Jolles ("Breaking Fashion Rules: Postfeminist Paradoxes of Freedom"), followed by two dozens presentations exploring how gender is socially designed, subverted, and re-invented through fashion, art, law, medicine, and other practices related to bodily aesthetics.

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Gender Across Borders 2014 Audience Picture.

GAB 2013

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Opening Session: Where Have We Come From / Where Are We Going?
Kari Winter, Director of the Gender Institute; Professor of Transnational Studies:
"Feminism, Temporality, and the Metaphor of Waves"

Meditating on the meaning of waves, Prof. Winter argues that using the metaphor of waves to describe feminism's temporality is historically inaccurate and politically self-defeating. To read her paper, click here.

Despina Stratigakos, Assoc. Professor of Architecture; Past Deputy-Director of the Gender Institute: "Genders of Architecture / Architectures of Gender: What I've Learned from Barbie"

Prof. Stratigakos spoke of her experiences while designing Architect Barbie with graduate students during her research fellowship exhibition at the University of Michigan in 2007. Her talk addressed in a positive way the generational differences between the vision and ideals of her own generation of female architects and those of the upcoming generation.

See her essay on Barbie with pictures.

GAB 2012

The year's theme was "Arts, Action, Activism." 
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