The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (or FemSem) meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).

Spring 2017 Calendar

January 26th: Myra Marx Ferree, Nona Gronert, Madeleine Pape
February 2nd: Half-baked ideas
February 9th: No meeting (SWS)
February 16th: Chiara Clio Packard
February 23rd: Jason Nolen
March 2nd: Casey Stockstill
March 9th: Miriam Barcus and Leanne Tigges
March 16th: Silke Roth
March 23rd: No meeting (Spring Break)
March 30th: Pamela Neumann
April 6th: Morgan Matthews
April 13th: Hae Yun Choo
April 20th: Di Wang
April 27th: Ann Orloff
May 4th: End of semester potluck

March 29, 2018
  • Femsem: SPRING BREAK

    March 29, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Social Science

    No meeting

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April 5, 2018
  • Femsem: Abby Letak

    April 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Social Science

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April 12, 2018
  • Femsem: Michael Roll

    April 12, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Social Science

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April 19, 2018
  • Femsem: Arian Ophir and Jessica Polos

    April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Social Science

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  • Thu

    The Courtroom as an emotional battleground: judges’ emotion work in Chilean Family Courts

    12:55 pm2435 Social Sciences

    Maria Azocar, PhD Student in Sociology

    How do judges talk about emotions? How do they describe the ideal emotional skill? How do they enact this ideal in the courtroom? To what extent are these discourses gendered? Based on ethnographic research I conducted in Chile this summer on two Family Courts, I identify the pervasive power of "psy expertise" (Rose, 1989) as a discourse that judges use to control their emotions and manage the emotions of others. I show how the ideal for impartiality is framed as a form of knowledge based on psychological insight. This framework helps judges to empower themselves to make decisions and master an emotion plasticity between the front-stage and back-stage of the courtroom. Moreover, this framework constructs the courtroom as a diagnostic forum, with confession as a desirable outcome. As a result, the courtroom emerges as a space for a new "technology of the self" (Foucault, 1982), opening finer intimate regions to surveillance with important gendered implications.

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