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Gender Studies Symposium

37th Annual Gender Studies Symposium

inSECURITY

March 7-9, 2018

Central to this year’s symposium is the tension between the ideals of security and the realities of our lived experiences. The word “security” suggests the search for safety, stability, and community, yet actions carried out in the name of “security” have often meant that borders are militarized, communities are targeted, and people are left emotionally and physically vulnerable. The way in which security is conceived and enforced is intertwined with ideologies of gender and sexuality, shaping dynamics of security on a personal, communal, and global level.

The 37th Annual Gender Studies Symposium will examine these intersections through a variety of critical topics such as war, militarization and state violence; poverty and economic security; art, resistance, and protest; gender identity, presentation, and bodily expression; interpersonal violence; policy making and political rhetoric; and labor conditions. With these discussions we hope to question who or what is worth securing, who has access to security for themselves and their community, and how imagination and resistance might emerge from the same structures that often cause harm.

 2017-18 co-chairs: Annie Baker ’18, Clelia Davis Del Piccolo ’18, Nick Hensel ’18, and
Paradise Razma  ’18