Upcoming Events


Spring 2021

Artist Talk: “Seances” with Gabrielle Civil

Friday, January 15th 2021, 7pm EST

In this artist talk, Gabrielle Civil will reflect on themes of “being in-between / in-between being” in her practice as a black feminist performance artist. She will pay special attention to her Fugue Trilogy, whose concluding performance Fugue (Da, Montreal) is featured in the current exhibition as well as the presence of black diasporic ancestors and bloodlines.

Artist Talk Being In Between.

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Libby Otto.

"The Missing Archive: 
Bauhaus Designers and the Holocaust"


Wed., February 10, 2021 
12:00 - 1:30pm
Zoom Platform


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Libby Otto

Associate Professor
Global Gender Sexuality Studies

Elizabeth (Libby) Otto is Professor of Art History and Gender Studies at UB. She is the author of Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics (MIT Press, 2019) and Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt; the co-author of Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective (Bloomsbury, 2019); and the co-editor of five books including Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism’s Legendary Art School (Bloomsbury, 2019). Her essays and reviews have been published in ArtforumOctober, and History of Photography, among other places. She is currently writing a book titled Bauhaus Under National Socialism.


February 17, 2021 - 12:00 pm - Zoom platform

Loretta Ross.

Loretta J. Ross is a Visting Associate Professor of the Study of Women & Gender at Smith College in Northampton, MA in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender.

What if instead of calling people out, we called them in? Professor Loretta J. Ross, a human rights leader who writes and teaches on white supremacy, race, and reproductive justice, is challenging call-out culture. Professor Ross will explore how call-out culture has become toxic and transformed conversations that could otherwise be learning opportunities into sparring matches. How do we uphold our commitment to social justice while resisting the pull of the outrage cycle? Professor Ross will discuss how we can build a unified and strategic human rights movement that uses our differences as a platform for modeling a positive future built on justice and the politics of love, thus shifting away from a past based on the politics of fear and prejudice.

Ross is the founder of SisterSong and long-time social justice activist who co-created the theory of Reproductive Justice in 1994. 

She will be speaking on her current book project Calling in the Calling Out Culture, which was featured recently in The New York Times.

Register for a Zoom link here:  https://bit.ly/RossLecture

Presented in collaboration with the Office of Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

Mishuana Goeman “Digital Possibilities and Collaboration with First Peoples”

February 22, 1:00-2:30 - Zoom platform

Mishuana Goeman.

Mishuana Goeman is a a 2020-2021 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Gender Studies, American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty of Critical Race Studies in the Law School, UCLA.

Co-Director of two digital projects working in collaboration with Indigenous communities, Mishuana Goeman will address best practices and the primary tools involved in the projects. Mapping Indigenous LA aims to uncover the multiple layers of indigenous Los Angeles through storymapping with tribal Nations, Indigenous youth, community leaders, and elders from indigenous communities throughout the city of Los Angeles to tell the muti-layered stories of placemaking. This collaborative research, and its resulting website, makes visible the rich Indigenous identities and histories that are often hidden within other racial formations yet deeply embedded in place through tools such as ArcGIS, Timemap, Mukurtu and others. MILA tells a story of Los Angeles that looks at the relationship between people, place, and the environment. With COAH (Carrying Our Ancestors Home), the site focuses on the process and diversity of returning ancestral remains and cultural items from museums to First Peoples and the impact of such repatriation on Indigenous communities, in part through digital story telling enabled by Mukurtu and Nightlabs. It is become an important teaching tool in American Indian Studies,  archaeology, anthropology, and cultural material classes as it uniquely presents tribal voices.

Co-sponsored by Department of Geography, Department of Linguistics, Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, forthcoming Department of Indigenous Studies, Department of Transnational Studies, and Center for Diversity Innovation
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Cody Mejeur and Blair Johnson “Queer/Feminist New Media Tools”

March 3, 12:00-1:00 pm

Queer/feminist DH scholars and new media artists use (and critique!) technologies in order to challenge dominant narratives, biases, and cultures in digital spaces and to advocate for more socially just societies and futures. UB’s Palah Light Lab seeks to further this work through creative new media art projects that foster community and cultural critique while centering marginalized peoples. This workshop explores queer/feminist design principles through the lab’s ongoing projects in poetry and gaming (such as Trans Folks Walking, a 3D narrative video game about trans peoples and their experiences) and will introduce accessible digital tools such as Twine and Ren’Py that participants can use to create their own new media art.

Co-sponsored by Department of Media Study, Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies 
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Gender Institute Signature Series

Barbara Smith.

Barbara Smith, Author, activist, and independent scholar 

Wednesday, March 10, 2020
Time - TBA 
Zoom Platform

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Barbara Smith is one of the most important Black feminists in our time. In 1974, she co-founded the Combahee River Collective in Boston, and she co-authored their now famous Combahee River Collective Statement in 1977, which became one of the earliest explorations of the intersection of multiple oppressions, including racism and heterosexism. Smith and Audre Lorde co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press in 1980. Kitchen Table later published her collection Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (1983). Her groundbreaking essay, “Toward a Black Feminist Criticism,” opened the door to serious critical consideration of Black women writers. Her most recent book is the award-winning Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.

This event is a collaboration with the Department of Transnational Studies and their 2021 Endowed African American Studies Lecture

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Katharina Barth.

Katharina Azim

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Wednesday, March 17, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom Platform


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"Preaching Guilt: Religion and Experiences of Painful Sex in College Women"

This research project investigated the relationship between women college students’ pelvic health, sexuality, and religiosity. Currently 20-26% of young women report chronic pain during sexual activity, which is generally a highly preventable and treatable condition. Considering that young girls and women grow up with strong messages about permissible and taboo sexual conduct, gendered expectations of what constitutes “normal” pain-free sex, and the privileging of vaginal-penile intercourse over other forms of non-penetrative sexual activity, we tested if religiosity and religious teachings were contributing factors to women’s experiences of painful sex. Specifically, we examined the relationship between the prevalence of genito-pelvic pain with sex among sexually active female college students based on their sexual conceptualizations and practices, religious self-identification, belief and exposure to religious teachings, and the experiences of sexual shaming and guilt. 

Professor Azim's research centers around women’s reproductive health, agency, and rights in the United States, and specifically on experiences of genito-pelvic pain and psychosocial factors of painful sexual intercourse in young women. Her second line of research encompasses MENA/Arab/Muslim+ women’s perceptions of ethnic identity at the intersection of geopolitical, sociocultural, religious, and gendered factors.

Melanie Aceto "Choreographic Lineage”

March 24, 1:00-2:00 pm

This presentation will provide some background to the Choreographic Lineage Project, an interactive, web-based genealogical network illustrating connections between dance artists, their teachers, their students, their collaborators and people they were influenced by, and to give an update of developments since last spring, as partially supported by a DSSN Enabling Grant. This project represents collaboration between Aceto in the Department of Theatre & Dance and Alan Hunt and Bina Ramamurthy in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Co-sponsored by Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Computer Science and Engineering
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Yotam Ophir “The Analysis of Topic Model Network”

April 7, 12:30-2:00 pm

The Analysis of Topic Model Network (ANTMN) method was developed by Ophir and his colleague Dror Walter to equip researchers with an inductive, data-driven approach for the identification of media frames. Media framing is a core journalistic practice consisting of the selective emphasis of specific features of events and people, at the expense of others. Though a journalistic practice at its core, framing is being used by others, from politicians to laypersons on social media. In this talk Ophir will go through the three steps of ANTMN (topic modeling, network analysis, community detection) and demonstrate its applicability to various contexts, and its flexibility when combined with other social science methods, such as time series analysis, surveys, and experiments. He will demonstrate their work with ANTMN using examples ranging from the way the media talk about epidemics and its effects on the public’s trust in and compliance with CDC, to the ways politicians frame and are being framed during electoral races and its impact on their success, to the analysis of Russian trolls and bots who interfered with American online discourse during the years leading to the 2016 elections and what it means for our democracy.

Co-sponsored by Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Communication, Department of Political Science
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Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

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Hilary Vandenbark

PhD Candidate
Global Gender and Sexuality Studies


Wednesday, April 14, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom Platform

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“Ally or Adversary? Rethinking Feminist Relationships with the State Post-MeToo”

In this talk, Vandenbark discusses how feminist relationships with the state are evolving through a complex interaction of shifting political landscapes, social movements (such as MeToo, Black Lives Matter, RISE, etc.), and bureaucratic reforms. These changes create strategic opportunities for anti-violence advocates which Vandenbark analyzes utilizing Kimberly Morgan and Ann Shola Orloff's conceptualizion of the "many hands of the state" (2018) as well as Indigenous feminist frameworks on state violence. She critically examines the role of the state in addressing sexual violence, as well as the lack of feminist attention to “small S” states, where most sexual assault cases are addressed and adjudicated. Drawing on her dissertation case study of New York’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights (2018), Vandenbark explicates the roles of insiders and outsiders in shaping state responses to sexual violence and the social context in which these changes take place.

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Melinda Lemke.

Melinda Lemke

Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Education


Wednesday, May 5, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom Platform

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"Researching the Margins: Feminist Critical Policy Analysis as a Framework of the Center"

Decades of social science research documents the harmful effects of violence, and in particular gender-based and sexual violence, on adolescent female mental, physical, and socioemotional health.  These effects not only can impair development, but prompt negative short- and long-term problems in adulthood.  Despite the existence of long-standing multi-level prevention and intervention legislation and programming, gaps in educational policy research and educator practice remain.  In this talk, Lemke presents feminist critical policy analysis (FCPA) as an integral framing device in the examination of educational policy-making and those normative, but often hidden arrangements of power, which can have intended, unintended, and enacted discriminatory consequences for women and girls.  Lemke also invites critical discussion and reflection on nuanced ethical, methodological, and political considerations, both within and outside of field research.