James Room
Oct 4, 2012 | 6:30PM

A Way Out of the “Dead-End ” of Feminism vs. Islam : The Potential and Promise of Feminist Voices in Islam

Ziba Mir-Hosseini

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, a growing confrontation between political Islam and feminism made links between theology, law, and politics transparent. The Islamist agenda of policing women’s presence and gender relations in public space has led to the emergence of forms of activism that have challenged patriarchal interpretations of the Shari’a […]

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activism, democracy, gender, history, human rights, politics, transnational

Sep 27, 2012 | 12:00PM

A Global History of the Paternity Test

Nara Milanich

For millennia, Western legal tradition relied on the assumption “pater semper incertus est” (“the father is always uncertain”). But beginning in the early twentieth century, scientists began a concerted quest for a biological marker of paternity that could unambiguously link a child to his or her progenitor. Prior to the advent of DNA testing, scientists […]

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biology, history, pregnancy, reproductive technology

NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
Sep 19, 2012 | 6:00PM

A New Queer Agenda

Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, Amber Hollibaugh, and Richard Kim

Join contributors to the recently launched issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, “A New Queer Agenda,” for an evening of politics, discussion, and celebration. A collaboration between BCRW and Queers for Economic Justice, “A New Queer Agenda” shows how activists, academics, and organizers can work together to build larger, more effective social justice movements […]

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activism, class, disability, economic justice, gender, health, history, human rights, immigration, intersectionality, labor, politics, queer, race, sexuality, transgender

Event Oval
Oct 9, 2012 | 6:30PM

Digital Community Formation

Jon Beller, Brittney Cooper, Gail Drakes, Dana Goldstein, Courtney Martin, Renina Jarmon

Academics and writers alike have long worked within established processes for peer-review and editing. But both are now confronted with a rapidly shifting landscape in which online channels provide new opportunities for feedback, networking, and collaborative knowledge production. In this roundtable discussion, panelists will speak on how digital media changes their work by looking at […]

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activism, gender, media, technology, writing

James Room
Oct 15, 2012 | 6:30PM

Race, Gender, and the New Biocitizen

Dorothy Roberts

Some writers have celebrated a new biological citizenship arising from individuals’ unprecedented ability to manage their health at the molecular level. In this year’s Helen Pond McIntyre ’48 lecture, Dorothy Roberts examines the role of race and gender in the construction of this new biocitizen in light of the current expansion of race-based, reproductive, and […]

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biology, gender, health, policy, race, science, technology

Room 203, Butler Library
Jun 5, 2012 | 4:15PM

Violence Against Disabled Women in Nepal

Neeti Khanal

Neeti Khanal, Lecturer at Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal and recipient of Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship, will give a presentation focused on her recent work, entitled, “Violence Against Disabled Women in Nepal” and interviewing disabled women survivors of violence. Her past work includes an examination of Maoist women’s experience in armed conflict […]

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disability, gender, violence

Julius Held Auditorium
Jun 1, 2012 | 5:00PM

Feminisms and Feminists Today: A Conversation Across the Decades

Kate Drabinski ’97, Katherine Franke ’81, Shilpa Guha ’12, Mila M. Jasey '72, and Courtney E. Martin ’02

The stock tale of American feminism is one produced through the narrative of waves: the first wave rises with the suffrage movement, the second wave with women’s consciousness-raising in the 1960s, and the third wave with the activism of riot grrrls, queers and young women of color. This narrative assumes vast periods of feminist abeyance, […]

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activism, gender, history, intersectionality

Lehman Hall
May 25, 2012 | 10:00AM

Hands-On Video Intensive

COURSE OF STUDY WORKSHOP LEADERS The Barnard Center for Research on Women presents a one-week, fast-paced, hands-on production workshop for students interested in video storytelling and social activism. Students will work collaboratively to produce a short video documentary that will be developed in conjunction with a New York City based not-for-profit organization. Participants will learn […]

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James Room
May 15, 2012 | 1:00PM

Post-Graduation Panel – Social Justice Feminism: Where Scholarship and Activism Meet

Elizabeth Castelli, Ynestra King, Shayoni Mitra, Lulu Mickelson, and Catherine Sameh,

The Barnard Center for Research on Women celebrated its 40th anniversary this academic year, marking the beginning of its fifth decade of bringing feminist academics and feminist activists together in the service of social justice and social change. In all of our collaborative projects, we work to create feminist knowledge that can be used by […]

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academy, activism, barnard, intersectionality

May 2, 2012 | 11:00AM

Doubting Sex: How Bodies Changed and Selves Appeared in Nineteenth Century Hermaphrodite Case Histories

Geertje Mak

Anna Barbara Meier and Emma R. both grew up as females in Germany, and were in their adult lives both medically declared to be male. However, there was a time gap of more than one century between the two cases. In her lecture, Geertje Mak shows that hermaphroditism itself changed profoundly over the course of […]

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biology, gender, history, queer, science, sexuality, transgender

Event Oval
Apr 25, 2012 | 6:00PM

Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories

Surabhi Sharma

BOMBAY/MUMBAI STORIES: Films about Gender, Labor, and the Politics of Visibility Part 2: Surabhi Sharma Bombay/Mumbai Stories explores questions of gender, labor, the politics of visibility, and subaltern public culture with Mumbai-based documentary film-makers Surabhi Sharma and Paromita Vohra. Surabhi Sharma will share her debut film, Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories, which documents […]

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arts, class, economic justice, film, gender, labor, transnational

Elbash Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center
Apr 24, 2012 | 6:30PM

What You Can Do to Stop the War Against Women

Senator Liz Krueger, Jessica Valenti, Joe Rollins, Jamia Wilson, and Amy Richards

There is a war against women raging across the country. Presidential candidates are speaking out in opposition to basic contraception. Anti-woman legislators around the country are trying to put more and more barriers between women and their reproductive rights. Wisconsin’s governor just pushed through a repeal of his state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act. Even here […]

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activism, class, economic justice, gender, history, policy, politics, reproductive justice, sexuality, violence