Recently added WGSS Books

Here are a few of the new titles which have arrived in the past few months.

Important note!See the most current list at  New WGSS books.

Smith, B. G. (2013). Women’s studies: The basics. London: Routledge.

Collingwood, S. L., Quintana, A. E., & Smith, C. J. (2012). Feminist cyberspaces: Pedagogies in transition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Runyan, A. S. (2013). Feminist (im)mobilities in fortress(ing) North America: Rights, citizenships, and identities in transnational perspective. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Loomba, A., & Lukose, R. A. (2012). South Asian feminisms: Contemporary interventions. Durham: Duke University Press.

Herrin, J. (2013). Unrivalled influence: Women and empire in Byzantium. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Liu, L. H., Karl, R. E., & Ko, D. (2013). The birth of Chinese feminism: Essential texts in transnational theory. New York: Columbia University Press.

Kronsell, A., & Svedberg, E. (2012). Making gender, making war: Violence, military and peacekeeping practices. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lacsamana, A. E. (2012). Revolutionizing feminism: The Philippine women’s movement in the age of terror. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers.

Fraser, N. (2013). Fortunes of feminism: From state-managed capitalism to neoliberal crisis.

Brown, H. A. (2012). Marx on gender and the family: A critical study. Leiden: Brill.

Chadwick, W. (2012). Women, art, and society. London: New York, N.Y.

Enke, A. (2012). Transfeminist perspectives in and beyond transgender and gender studies. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Phillips, L., & Cole, S. C. (2013). Contesting publics: Feminism, activism, ethnography.

Crawford, M. (2012). Transformations: Women, gender & psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.

King, D. L., & Smith, C. L. (2012). Men who hate women and women who kick their asses: Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy in feminist perspective. Nashville, Tenn: Vanderbilt University Press.

Gutiérrez, . M. G. (2012). Presumed incompetent: The intersections of race and class for women in academia. Boulder, Colo: University Press of Colorado.

Dziedzic, N. G. (2012). Feminism. Detroit: Greenhaven Press.

New WGSS books

Brooklyn Museum: Writing Women Back Into History

Wikipedia has a gender problem. Alexandra Thom is heading up a project to add entries and substance to Wikipedia on all the women included in Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” which is permanently installed in the Sackler Gallery at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. Not only are entries on the women of history lacking but female editors to Wikipedia are also much fewer than non-female. What’s up? It’s no surprise that men write mostly about men. Well, ladies, start your engines.

Thom writes, “The Dinner Party is an icon of feminist art, which features the names of 1,038 women in history…”

She found many of the names had only “stub” entries and almost 100 others had no mention at all. You can follow Alexandra’s project through the Brooklyn Museum blog starting with the two links below.

Brooklyn Museum: Community: bloggers@brooklynmuseum » Writing Women Back Into History.

Ending the ongoing cycle of omission

Bravo, Ms. Thom! Wikipedia is so heavily used by folks around the world. How many more women will your work inspire to become editors of Wikipedia to fill out this gross omission. I know I’m on board.

Peggy Seeger at UConn Storrs 3/21/2011

“A Feminist View of the Image of Women in Anglo-American Traditional Songs.”  A conversation with Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

A Conversation with Peggy Seeger



Date: Monday, March 21,2011

Time: 11:30 AM

Where: Louis J. von der Mehden Recital Hall

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, the University Libraries’ Diversity Advisory Team is sponsoring a program with Peggy Seeger, a member of America’s foremost folk music families. She is considered to be one of North America’s finest revival singers of traditional songs and has recorded over 22 solo discs. In addition to composing and singing her own songs, Ms. Seeger plays 5-string banjo, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp, English concertina, and piano.

This workshop will explore the images and roles of women in traditional Anglo-American songs dating from the 17th century onward. Ms. Seeger will delight us with a mix of singing and conversation and will welcome questions from the audience during and after this event. The workshop is open to everyone and runs over the course of two hours.  We encourage you to come for all or part of the program as your schedules allow. The event will be followed by a reception.

Put the Blame on Eve: What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy

Meet the Author : Melinda Rising
Put the Blame on Eve: What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6 PM UConn Co-op

Book cover from Put the blame on EveIn her groundbreaking book, Put the Blame on Eve, Dr. Rising investigates the “curse of Eve.” She follows the roots of women’s struggle for equal pay, equal status, and equal respect back to the biblical story of Adam and Eve and the serpent and the apple. Rising has served as Women’s Issues Chair for the AAUW’s Connecticut chapter, as Commissioner for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges, and as an academic Dean and Dean of continuing education for a variety of public and private institutions in Connecticut, including UConn.

Thanks to the UConn/Storrs Women’s Center Newsletter for this alert.

New WS books @Babbidge

Here are a few of the new titles which have arrived in the past few months.  See a longer list at  New WS books.

See a many more at  New WS books.

Newest Books in WS @ Babbidge Library

Just four of the new books that have come in in the past year. See more at the New Books list.

Bronte sisters power figures

3rd Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference, New York, NY

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

Registration is free of charge and open to the public.

The Feminist Pedagogy Conference is a venue for conversation between scholars and activists across disciplines around the present state of feminist pedagogy and work on gender, both within and beyond the academy. Building on previous work, this is a forum to share pedagogical methods and ideas for teaching in women and gender studies and/or feminist approaches to learning and classroom strategies in various disciplines. Our aim is to address issues of gender and sexuality, in conjunction with race and class, both inside and outside of the academy.

3rd Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference.

Rosalind Gill, “From Sexual Objectification to Sexual Subjectification: The Resexualisation of Women’s Bodies in the Media”

Ever wonder if “Girl Power” and the “new” open sexuality popularized in clothing and other outwardly visible paraphernalia is a result of the feminist movement or an insidious manipulation by media (not to mention the “p” word)? Read this illuminating article.

Rosalind Gill, “From Sexual Objectification to Sexual Subjectification: The Resexualisation of Women’s Bodies in the Media”

On the one hand, then, we are confronted by a popular culture increasingly saturated by representations of women’s bodies as objects, and on the other, a mantra-like repetition and celebration of ‘women’s success’ and ‘Girl Power’. One way of reading the re-sexualisation of women’s bodies in this strange, contradictory context is as part of a backlash against feminism. It may serve as both an attack on women — putting women back in their place — and, simultaneously as a reassurance for men threatened by girls’ increasingly good performance in public examinations and women’s success in the workplace. In an excellent, insightful analysis, Imelda Whelehan suggests that we have entered an era of ‘retrosexism’, premised on real fears about the collapse of male hegemony. She explores the nostalgic quality of much contemporary television, which harks back to a time and place peopled by real women and humorous ‘cheeky chappies’ (p. 11). She argues that representations of women, ‘from the banal to the downright offensive’ are being ‘defensively reinvented against cultural changes in women’s lives’ (p. 11).

I want to suggest that what we are seeing is not just a harking back to a safe, bygone or mythical age when ‘men were men and women were women’, but rather the construction of a new femininity (or, better, new femininities) organized around sexual confidence and autonomy.  Indeed, what is novel and striking about contemporary sexualised representations of women in popular culture is that they do not (as in the past) depict women as passive objects but as knowing, active and desiring sexual subjects.  We are witnessing, I want to argue, a shift from sexual objectification to sexual subjectification in constructions of femininity in the media and popular culture.Nowhere is this clearer than in advertising which has responded to feminist critiques by constructing a new figure to sell to young women: the sexually autonomous heterosexual young woman who plays with her sexual power and is for ever ‘up for it’.  The exhortations to young women to ‘be yourself’ and ‘please yourself’ are emblematic of this shift in which women are presented as knowing and active sexual subjects.

Naomi Wolf on Third Wave Feminism

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