1. Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars

    The Women’s Committee calls for submissions to the fifth annual Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty. Hosted by the American Studies Association, this award honors Anzaldua’s outstanding career as an independent scholar and her labor as contingent faculty, along with her groundbreaking contributions to scholarship on women of color and to queer theory. 

    The award includes a lifetime membership in the ASA, a lifetime electronic subscription to American Quarterly, and $500. Applicants must work in American studies or a related field and work as independent scholars and/or as faculty at community colleges or in a contingent capacity (i.e., as part-time or full-time non-ladder-rank or non-tenure-track instructors, adjuncts, or lecturers). Graduate students are ineligible. The winner will be announced at the Women’s Breakfast during the annual meeting of the association to be held November 6-9, 2014, Los Angeles, CA.

    Submission

    To apply, applicants should submit an unpublished paper that does not exceed 25 pages, including endnotes and bibliography, and a two-page vita. Relevant submissions will demonstrate an affinity with Anzaldua’s oeuvre, vision, or political commitments and should address connections among some or all of the following categories: race, ethnicity, citizenship, class, gender, sexuality, and dis/ability. Eligible participants in the ASA annual meeting are encouraged to apply. Papers and CVs must be submitted electronically by September 1, 2014, to the committee chair, Birgit M. Bauridl (birgit.bauridl@ur.de). Late submissions will not be accepted.

    Contributions

    The Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty is funded through a program of voluntary contributions. The ASA is committed to a very active solicitation of members’ contributions to underscore the importance of subsidizing and encouraging the participation of independent scholars and contingent or community college faculty in the annual meeting, Members can do this now here. 
    http://standwiththeasa.org/contribution/

    Specify “I wish to contribute to the Anzaldua Prize Fund on “Order Comments” during check out. You may also contribute on your dues remittance form to indicate you have added to your dues payments a tax-deductible contribution to the fund. The American Studies Association is a 501 (3c) not-for-profit organization chartered in the District of Columbia eligible to receive tax deductible donations and contributions.

    Gloria E. Anzaldua Award Recipients

    2013: Ana Castillo; honorable mention: Elizabeth Schewe, Northern Illinois University
    2012: Abigail Manzella, Stern College For Women, Yeshiva University
    2011: Jennifer A. Reimer, University of California, Berkeley, Disordering the Border: Harryette Mullen’s Transaborder Poetics in Muse & Drudge
    2010: Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College, honorable mention: Sarah Eden Schiff, Agnes Scott College
    2009: Smadar Lavie, Staying Put: Crossing the Israel-Palestine Border with Gloria Anzaldua, now available in Anthropology and Humanism, Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 101-121, June 2011

     

  2. Wanna share your voice with the raddest department in the university? All GSEX students, this is your chance!

    This is a call for GSEXers who want to be more involved in their department. There are lot of things we do behind the scenes here in GSWS, but the main three items we focus on are:

    1. Recruitment for the Department

    2. Curriculum Development

    3. Programming and Events

    What this looks like is up to YOU. Even if you *think* you might be interested, we’d love to hear from you. Just email us at gsws@vcu.edu and we’ll get back to you in August to find a Student Advisory Committee interest meeting date that fits your schedule.

     


  3. SOAPBOX INC Internship!

     Soapbox Inc. is looking for a new Richmond intern!

    Soapbox Inc. is a feminist speaker’s bureau that was started by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, co-authors of Manifesta, etc. Soapbox Inc, the country’s only feminist speakers’ bureau and the creators/conveners of Feminist Camp, is looking for a social media/web content/administrative intern! This paid position will be for 5 hours/week in Richmond, VA.


    We…
    …are a small (tiny!) women-owned company looking for a little extra help as we expand our programs and visibility over the coming months
    …have several projects for the intern to work on, including social-media based projects
    …want a bright and efficient addition to the team!

    You…
    …are a feminist with energy, passion, smarts, writing/editing skills and a great work ethic.
    …have an interest in contemporary feminism(s), summer programs, and event production (or all three)!
    …want a chance to work in a close-knit, dynamic environment with an emphasis on creative problem-solving.

    …can manage small groups of volunteers, correspond with speakers and event hosts, change gears quickly, use Expedia.com, Google Drive, and Wordpress.


    If you think you’d be a good fit, send a resume and a cover letter describing what you’re like and what you’re passionate about to: carly@soapboxinc.com Please include “intern position” and your name in the subject line (applicants who don’t follow this simple instruction will be disqualified). The deadline to apply is July 16th at noon.

     

  4. active-rva:

    vcu-gsex:

    TOTALLY JAIL MAIL! MONDAY

    «Summer Edition »

    Every Monday, starting June 2, the GSWS department is continuing our tradition of prison activism by hosting letter writing and zine making workshops from 1-3. We will be writing letters, making zines, and preparing care packages for prisoners in the Richmond City Jail and LGBTQ prisoners across the US. 

    In the past, we’ve done film screenings of documentaries and films about prisons and mass-incarceration, zine making, listened to sweet playlists, had really good conversation, etc. We plan on keepin on with alla that! We can also screen the music that’s been coming out of the Richmond City Jail through the Open Minds course with Liz for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet! 

    As always, this weekly event is open to the public and everyone is invited. We have lots of supplies, just bring yourselves and your friends.

    *Inaccessibility note: the Crenshaw House conference room is not wheelchair accessible. There are two sets of three big steps to get into the front of the building, and a very narrow hallway to the first floor bathroom.

    1st Summer JAIL MAIL:

    Monday June 2nd

    1-4pm

    Crenshaw House

    919 W. Franklin Street

    Rm103

    Free and open to the public

    Oh boy! It’s almost time for Jail Mail again! Do you have a penpal yet?

    If you don’t, come on down~ today between 1 and 4. We’ll set you up with all you need to know to get your pen(pal)manship on!

     

  5. A collective writing from the Open Minds class in the Richmond City Jail.

     

  6. Local Honey

      with Dana Ollestad

    featured in the last GSWS Art Show (Fall/Winter)

    there’s still remnants of this piece around the house. 

     

  7. curse—the—night:

    vcu-gsex:

    New GSWS internships are being offered in partnership with the YWCA of Richmond. The internships are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and individuals who have graduated within 12 months of the beginning of the internship.
    A full list of YWCA internships can be found on our website at http://gsws.vcu.edu/ywca-of-richmond/
    Deadline for Fall/Spring internships with YWCA is August 1st.

    I graduated with a minor in GSWS, I’m a YWCA volunteer, AND I always say my biggest regret of college is not having more internships and independent studies.  

    If you’re in Richmond, I highly recommend you apply for one of these or look into an independent study!!

     


  8. active-rva:

    Local doulas Jess and LL are working to raise $850 to go to a queer, trans, people of color led doula training in Seattle, Washington. This training will further their goals of building access to abortion, birth, adoption, and miscarriage support. 

    The fundraiser goes until July 23rd. You can contribute, and learn more about Jess and LL’s work, through the link. 

    Supporting local birth workers is an important part of advancing reproductive justice. Jess is also a member of our local abortion fund, the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, and will bring the skills she learns back to help the RRFP provide better care for low-income people who need abortions. 

     

  9. GSWS professors stay busy over the summer. Check out this publication Dr. Lomax just released!

    Womanist and Black Feminst Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions

    African American playwright, actor, television producer and filmmaker Tyler Perry is an American cultural phenomenon. Perry has made over half a billion dollars through the development of films, plays, and television series that center storylines about bla ck women, black communities and black religion. The success of a Tyler Perry Production, coupled with Perrys participation in a range of media and in multiple roles as creator and actor, position him as a significant site of black religious and cultural e xpression, and thus critical inquiry and reflection. Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perrys Productions examines Perrys works from interdisciplinary perspectives and provides a necessary response to Perrys current prominence regarding black representation, black religion and black cultural production.

    LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College, USA. Tamura A. Lomax is Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Womens Studies at VirginiCommonwealth University, USA.

    Carol B. Duncan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at WilfriLaurier University, Canada.

     

     

  10. vcu-gsex:

    New GSWS internships are being offered in partnership with the YWCA of Richmond. The internships are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and individuals who have graduated within 12 months of the beginning of the internship.
    A full list of YWCA internships can be found on our website at http://gsws.vcu.edu/ywca-of-richmond/
    Deadline for Fall/Spring internships with YWCA is August 1st.
     


  11. Artist Spotlight: Emma Barnes

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    Emma Barnes is a recent VCU graduate with a double major in Gender Studies and Painting and Printmaking, as well as a teacher and active artist in the Richmond community. She will be teaching a basic screen printing class at Studio Two Three on June 14th!

    Tell us about the work you have done in relation to Studio Two Three?

    I started out as an intern/volunteer at the Studio and generally worked around the studio printing promotional flyers, assisting at workshops, and volunteering as a representative at festivals/gallery events. However, my time working with the studio has been so much more than that! I have learned how to teach workshops and screen print t-shirts. I steamrolled a giant print, and gained so much inspiration from Ashley Hawkins (executive director), board members, volunteers, and artist residents at the studio. So I guess my work at Studio Two Three has been less about “making” work or building a portfolio and more about learning to work in a communal space, support other art makers, collaborate, and care for a place that is not only supporting my work but the work of other local artists in the Richmond community. I met one of my best friends Elisa Rios here and our collaborative work/ friendship has been a significant part of my art practice!

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    How does Richmond play a role in your work as an artist?

    Richmond has a large impact on my work because of the amazing people I have met here that are so active and eager to collaborate. Events like Zinefest have been pretty influential! At Zinefest I have seen artists make what they truly wanted, issuing zines with unique honest personality — almost as if I could read through their zine and feel like I am their friend. It is so genuine and these makers offer them on the table in stacks so many people can get the experience of their zine. I love it! I guess I feel like Richmond has a this indescribable spirit you know? Well, I guess that sounds cheesy but I have seen a lot of things begin in the city since I got here and I am excited to be a part of it or at least get to watch! So, overall the ambition and people of the city have inspired me to not be afraid to be me within my content when I make. Living here has shaped my will to work with others and not be afraid to share my work, to share me. 

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    As a student, what attracted you to becoming so involved with Studio Two Three? Do you suggest more students visit the space and become members?

    I knew I wanted to get involved in a place that valued printmaking. I was so excited about their mission to cultivate the printmaking community by making facilities more accessible. This is important because printmaking itself is a medium that creates multiples and makes the dissemination of ideas a reality! Going into art school I was nervous about what career path I would take after college and also concerned about finding a place to make work after I graduated. Studio Two Three offered a community after school and through programs and events it sought to increase awareness about print media and the value of art making. 

    I highly recommend students to volunteer/intern or become members! Interning is hard work but super worth it. You learn so much! Renting is amazing, especially right now because the studio has been pretty busy. We have a good range of renters — some coming in to do darkroom photography, others like the Chilalay fashion crew printing shirts and clothing for their brand, and some making lithograph, dry points, linocuts. It is pretty amazing, and when you share a space you learn from each other too — share different techniques, secrets, ink, inspiration. I love it! I encourage everyone to check out our open hours and stop by we have a lot of fun! 

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    You’ve been involved with The Richmond City Jail helping to make collaborative zines with both VCU Students and Inmates. Can you tell us about that experience and how you got involved?

    I got involved with the Open Minds Program when it was recommended to me by Professor Liz Canfield! At first I was excited to be a part of the poetry reading and sharing in class, but when we made the zines at the end of the class, my love for printmaking hit another level — the significance of the multiple expanded even more. Every time we wrote and shared it was political, not necessarily because of the content but because of the creative act of making yourself and reclaiming you. But then it is also more than your work too! It is about solidarity — cheering each other on, knowing when listening is more important than participating, and participating in zine-making outside of class. So I think that has been a large part of the experience — building myself but offering attentive ears for my peers, reassuring classmates that it wasn’t necessary to apologize before reading because we shouldn’t be ashamed of what we make or who we are.  But this is only a small portion of what we do and how important making is ~~ I encourage everyone to look for our zine table at Zinefest! I think reading the work that comes out of the program, better explains what I am talking about and in the act of reading you begin to become a part of this solidarity. 

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    What are your futures plans after school? Do you see yourself staying in Richmond or moving on to other experiences?

    I plan to stay in Richmond! I do not feel that my time is done here, and I look forward to getting more involved in the city’s growing art community. I hope to teach workshops at Studio Two Three ~(( I have one in June if you want to learn screen printing! ))~ and I wish to continue making art and going to RCJ.

    What upcoming projects can we expect to see from you in the future?   

    Well, as of now I am mainly just excited to start sharing a studio with Brook Inman! I am looking forward to mono printing, screen printing, and etching at the studio. I am also looking forward to keep collaborating with Elisa Rios. We want to make flags and keep printing on larger scales! Recently we printed on velvet! 

    I am also participating in a print exchange organized by Stuart Dumais, called REPEAT ACTION: EXCHANGE. Keep your eyes and ears peeled as we will hopefully be showing the exchange series around the city at some point this summer.

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    Support + Connect with Emma

    • barnesem@vcu.edu

    Come learn basic screen printing at our Second Saturday workshop and hang out with Emma next month! http://bit.ly/1uZsAkv

    Recent GSEX graduate, Emma Barns speaks on art, the rad GSWS course Open Minds, and shows her art in our Spring/Summer art show, among other things! Emma was a played a huge part in making the GSWS Spring/Summer art show and discussion panel happen!

    We <3 <3 <3 you, Emma!

     

  12. VCU Friendly Bathrooms List

    This list is back and better than ever, thanks to VCU OMSA and yours truly, the VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. 

    A list of single-stall bathrooms on VCU campus that are safer and friendlier to transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. If you click on the images, it gets a little larger. Or click here to view a larger, zoomable version of this list.

    For more safer bathrooms near VCU campus or elsewhere, check out refuge restrooms, a bathroom-finder database created by former GSEXer, Teagan Widmer.

    Our bathrooms, here in Crenshaw House are not accessible, but just to let folks know, our bathrooms are open to the public. We have one on the first floor towards the back of the hallway, along with a water fountain, and on the second floor, only accessible by stairs, is a very large single-stall bathroom. Under the sink in our first floor bathroom, there are tampons, sanitary napkins, and condoms free to anyone who needs them. No need to ask us!

     

  13. Come and get a blackandpink.org prison abolition sticker at today’s JAIL MAIL! Black and Pink is the list of LGBTQ prisoners in the US we write to here at Crenshaw House. 

     

  14. vcu-gsex:

    vcu-gsex:

    vcu-gsex:

    TOTALLY JAIL MAIL! MONDAY

    «Summer Edition »

    Every Monday, starting June 2, the GSWS department is continuing our tradition of prison activism by hosting letter writing and zine making workshops from 1-3. We will be writing letters, making zines, and preparing care packages for prisoners in the Richmond City Jail and LGBTQ prisoners across the US. 

    In the past, we’ve done film screenings of documentaries and films about prisons and mass-incarceration, zine making, listened to sweet playlists, had really good conversation, etc. We plan on keepin on with alla that! We can also screen the music that’s been coming out of the Richmond City Jail through the Open Minds course with Liz for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet! 

    As always, this weekly event is open to the public and everyone is invited. We have lots of supplies, just bring yourselves and your friends.

    *Inaccessibility note: the Crenshaw House conference room is not wheelchair accessible. There are two sets of three big steps to get into the front of the building, and a very narrow hallway to the first floor bathroom.

    1st Summer JAIL MAIL:

    Monday June 2nd

    1-4pm

    Crenshaw House

    919 W. Franklin Street

    Rm103

    Free and open to the public

    TODAYYY!

    Guess what today is!!!!

    It’s MONDAYYY! =D

     

  15. active-rva:

    Active-RVA is a bulletin and archive based in Richmond, Virginia. We compile leftist and community events local to Central Virginia on our Tumblr and Facebook, and then condense everything onto one of our two Google Calendars

    Let us be your local source on accessibility, anti-imperialism, community, economic justice, environmentalism, feminism, immigration and language justice, LGBTQ and queer concerns, the peace movement, prisoner support, public health and safety, racial justice, reproductive rights, trans issues, and more! 

    We’re only as effective as our reader pool, so tell your friends!