Women and Society

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This seminar is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of women in their historical and social contexts, as well as feminist historiography. Among the topics the seminar considers are: the status and function of women historically; cross-cultural and sociological perspectives on women; representations of women in literature, media, and the arts; women and ethics; and feminist theories of class, race, and sexuality.

Professor Karen Baird

Professor Emily Tai

Alma Igra

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/18/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Queering Receptivity: Parasexual Pleasure in the Face of Compulsory & Feminized Trauma
Alyson Spurgas, Trinity College

Respondent: Katie Gentile, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

10/16/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Biological Stories about Men’s Reproduction
Rene Alming, Yale University

Rayna Rapp, New York University

11/20/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Who’s Your Momma? Tracing the grey hairs of feminist epistemology and theory that populate my head
Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Respondent: Janet Miller, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

12/11/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Revisiting “Gendered Eugenics”: Race and Egg Donation Markets in an Era of Racial Resentment
Erin Heidt-Forsythe, Pennsylvania State University

Respondent: Susan Markens, Lehman College, CUNY

01/29/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
From Anti-Discrimination to Empowerment of Women: A Critical Assessment of the CEDAW, MDGs and SDGs
Zehra Arat and Erica MacDonald, University of Connecticut

Respondent: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School

02/26/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Proximity of Parts: Anxieties about Difference, Segregation, and Public Bathrooms
Jennifer Gaboury, Hunter College, CUNY

Respondent: Michele Gregory, York College, CUNY

03/19/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
A Splice of Life
Lisa Jean Moore, Purchase College, SUNY

Respondent: Lesley Sharp, Barnard College, Columbia University

04/16/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
The Forgotten European post-Holocaust Trials Against Jewish “Collaborators” and the 1948 Dutch Execution of Anna van Dijk
Lotte Houwink ten Cate, Columbia University