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

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December 13, 2018
  • Femsem: Nona Gronert & end-of-term celebration

    December 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    We will be moving Femsem because Myra likely has an Executive Committee meeting at our normal time.

    "The Politics of Sexual Violence at State University: 1972-2017"

    Changes in the governance of sexual violence in higher education have inspired myriad prevention efforts and new sociological research. Universities now require that students, faculty, and staff learn about their schools’ systems to address sexual violence. However, the current systems are relatively new, continue to change, and vary widely between institutions. In my study, I investigate how the governance of sexual violence has changed from 1972 through 2017 at State University, a large, public, Midwestern university. I analyze student newspaper articles collected from 1972 through 2017 newspaper issues. My study compares the actions that State University’s administration has taken over the past 45 years (e.g. free nighttime transportation) with student-driven responses to sexual violence (e.g. “Take Back the Night” marches). My coding of the newspaper article dataset will reveal which organizations have endured and how their approaches have evolved. Ultimately, the changing governance of sexual violence illustrates upheavals in both gender politics and university systems.

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    The gender area at the University of Wisconsin- Madison is composed of faculty and graduate students who make the sociology of gender their central focus and those who combine analysis of gender with other main concerns. Collectively, our research spans the full range from micro to macro levels of analyses, qualitative to quantitative research methods, and theoretical to applied orientations. We share a commitment to producing rigorous scholarship aimed at understanding gender as a process and structure.

    The training seminar for the gender area is colloquially known here as "Femsem." Activities at femsem include student and faculty presentations of their current research, workshops on publishing and other aspects of academia, discussions of gender in the academy, and talks by invited speakers from other universities or other departments at UW. Femsem encourages work at the intersections of race, class and gender and frequently speakers and events are co-sponsored with the Race & Ethnicity Brownbag. Femsem also does global work and collaboration with the International Institute has brought topical conferences on carework, EU expansion and gender politics, the UN and transnational feminism, and strategies of addressing violence against women. Upcoming topics are anti-discrimination law and its effects and gender politics in cyberspace. We also maintain an email distribution list, which links members of the area to other gender scholars on campus and beyond.

    Social events include dinners, usually held in conjunction with the visit of an invited speaker. Femsem speakers in past years have included Arlie Hochschild, Raewyn Connell, Kimberle Crenshaw, Barbara Risman, Dorothy E. Smith, Patricia Yancey Martin, Cheryl Gilkes, Michael Kimmel, Chris Bose and Paula England. With the Race & Ethnicity Brownbag we have jointly brought in Aida Hurtado, Marlese Durr, Dorothy Roberts, Miliann Kang, France Winddance Twine, and Ivy Kennelly.

Events older than 2010 are listed here.