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Reflections on another successful Democratizing Knowledge Institute

Mohanty and Carty's DK Institute works to create a more 'just academy'

10-17-2016 | by Rob Eslin

Dedicated to exploring “Just Academic Spaces,” the DK Summer Institute is a three-year, $500,000 initiative that is the brainchild of Arts and Sciences professors Linda Carty and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. During a recent meeting in Sims Hall, they reflected on how the concept grew out of the campuswide DK Project, launched in A&S in 2009 to make knowledge production more open, inclusive and democratic. Since then, the project has made good on this promise by hosting myriad events and activities for students and professors alike.

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Teaching Award for WGS Faculty

Gwendolyn Pough Receives Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award

05-10-2016

The Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award honors faculty whose advocacy on behalf of graduate students and commitment to superior graduate teaching and mentoring ... (read more)

Feminist Scholar Awarded Guest Professorship in Germany

A professor in the College of Arts and Sciences has returned from a prestigious appointment at Goethe University (GU) in Frankfurt, Germany.

02-08-2016 | by Rob Enslin

Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty in the College of Arts and Sciences has returned from a prestigious appointment at Goethe University (GU) in Frankfurt, Germany. Read more at: SU News

Minnie Bruce Pratt to participate in Syracuse Symposium™

Syracuse Symposium™ Presents Readings by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Martha Collins

10-26-2015 | by Rob Enslin

Syracuse Symposium continues its “Networks” theme with a special program by Minnie Bruce Pratt and Martha Collins, award-winning poets and social activists. Also part of the Visiting Author Reading Series of the YMCA Arts Branch’s Downtown Writers Center (DWC), the event is Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the DWC (340 Montgomery St., Syracuse). It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Syracuse University Humanities Center or visit syracusehumanities.org. Read more at AS News.

SU Abroad Course in Lebanon, Jordan Solidifies Transnational Pedagogies, Practices

"Global Perspectives, Local Contexts" examines feminism, gender, and sexuality in the Arab World

10-14-2015 | by Staff Reports

A new study abroad course, titled “Global Perspectives, Local Contexts: Women and Gender in the Arab World,” was launched this past summer in the College of Arts and Sciences. Taught by Carol Fadda-Conrey and Dana Olwan, professors of English and women’s & gender studies (WGS), respectively, the course took place in Lebanon and Jordan, where students directly engaged with issues pertaining to the study of feminism, gender, and sexuality in the Arab world.

Hosted by the Lebanese American University (LAU) and University of Jordan (UJ), the course consolidated relations between the University and these well-established academic institutions. Prior to conducting the course, with support from Fadda-Conrey and Olwan, the University signed academic exchange agreements with both institutions, thus broadening its relationships with public and private academic institutions in the Arab Middle East. Read More at: AS News

Bhattacharya Gives Keynote Lecture at University of Colorado, Boulder

Bhattacharya Gives Keynote Lecture at University of Colorado, Boulder

10-12-2015

Dr. Himika Bhattacharya gave the anniversary keynote lecture for the 20th Anniversary of the LGBTQ Studies and the GLBTQ Resource Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder on October 12, 2015. The title of her talk was "Person Excepting Women": Perspectives on gender neutrality in anti-rape activism in India.

Dr. Bhattacharya has also recently published an article "Magic Tricks: The Politics of Memory, State, and Tribe in Lahaul, India" in Meridians: feminism, race, and transformation Volume 13, No. 1. The article is available online at Meridians.

James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture on October 13

Keene State College Hosts Talk about Building Racial and Gender Justice Across Borders

10-05-2015 | by Keene State College

James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture Welcomes Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty from Syracuse University

Keene State College’s James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture will host Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, chair and distinguished professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. She will speak about cultivating racial and gender justice across borders. The talk is free and open to the public. Read More at: Keene News

Democratizing Knowledge Project to Host Planning Retreat for Mellon Summer Institutes

Syracuse to welcome colleagues from Rutgers-Newark and Spelman College

09-30-2015 | by ellareese Jackson, Democratizing Knowledge Graduate Assistant

ast year, the Democratizing Knowledge Project (DK), an interdisciplinary collective of faculty and graduate students at Syracuse University, was awarded a four-year, $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a series of summer institutes titled “Just Academic Spaces: Creating New Publics through Radical Literacies.” Linda Carty, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies, and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), as well as Dean’s Professor of the Humanities in Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are the co-PIs on the grant. Read More at: AS News

Simone Puff wins Teaching Excellence Award

Simone Puff wins Teaching Excellence Award

06-01-2015

Dr. Simone Puff, who joined the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies from Austria this fall, recently won the prestigious teaching award “E-Learning Champion  – ELCH” for her innovative work with students by blogging about social justice issues and anti-racist work in Austria and the United States. Her class “From Selma to Ferguson: The Cultural Politics of Protest”, which she taught in the American Studies Department at the University of Graz in Austria last spring, received this international recognition by a jury of experts for its innovative use of social media (blogs, Twitter) and e-learning (Moodle) as well as for a community outreach project with Austrian high schools.The E-Learning Champion is funded by the Vice Rectorate for Studies and Teaching at the University of Graz in Austria and is organized by the university’s Academy of New Media and Knowledge Transfer. It honors projects and initiatives with exemplary character in the field of new media.

WGS Faculty Recognized for ‘Timely, Relevant’ Scholarship

Department chair praises colleagues for challenging 'interconnected systems of oppression in work'

04-29-2015 | by Rob Enslin

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences is having another banner year. Several of its professors—Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Dana Olwan, Pedro DiPietro, Himika Bhattacharya, and Minnie Bruce Pratt—have been recognized for their contributions to feminist scholarship.

“Each of these faculty members challenges interconnected systems of oppression in their work," says Vivian May, associate professor and chair of WGS. "As scholar-educators, they draw on intersectional and transnational approaches to find ways to contest injustice and to seek a more just world." Read more at: AS News

WGS Professors Reap National, International Honors

Department of Women’s & Gender Studies is nationally known for ‘high level’ of teaching, scholarship

03-16-2015 | by A&S Communications

Honors continue to roll in for faculty in the Department of Women’s & Gender (WGS) Studies, located in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vivian May, associate professor and chair of WGS, says the latest round of achievements reflect the cutting-edge feminist scholarship and pedagogy for which the department is known, nationally and internationally. Recent WGS faculty achievements include: 



Assistant Professor Himika Bhattacharya is in high demand in India, evidenced by her recent invited talk at the Center for South Asian Studies at Calcutta University; her facilitating an ethnography workshop at Ambedkar University in Delhi; and her work as a feminist pedagogies educator
for E-QUAL (Enhancing Quality, Access, and Governance of Undergraduate Education in India), an international collaborative funded by the European Union. She also has an article on the politics of memory forthcoming in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Read more at: AS News

Women’s and Gender Studies Chair Vivian May Publishes New Book

Renowned scholar calls May’s book ‘a must-read for scholars and practitioners committed to social justice movements and anti-oppression ideologies'

01-27-2015 | by Sarah Scalese

On the heels of being elected president (2014-2016) of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), Vivian May, associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences has just published her latest book, Pursuing Intersectionality, Unsettling Dominant Imaginaries (Routledge, 2015).

Pursuing Intersectionality documents intersectionality’s ongoing value for achieving a more just and equitable world. May explains the concept’s key premises, traces its roots in 19th-century United States Black feminist theory and practice, and suggests several tactics for interpreting and practicing intersectionality more adequately. Read More at: AS News

Women's and Gender Studies Faculty Continue to Rack Up Recognitions

Vivian May Named President of Leading Women’s Studies Organization, Receives Social Justice Recognition Award

05-20-2014 | by Sarah Scalese

Good news seems to come in pairs for faculty members in the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS). Vivian May, an associate professor who joined Syracuse University’s (SU) College of Arts and Sciences in 2002, was just elected president of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). Gwendolyn Pough, associate professor and chair, calls May’s latest accomplishment a “tremendous honor.” According to Pough, May has been quietly leading the NWSA behind the scenes in a variety of capacities.

The accolades for May don’t stop there. Just recently, the SU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center awarded May a Social Justice Recognition Award. Read more at: AS News

Women’s and Gender Studies Scholar Dana Olwan Recognized by Two Major Organizations

Olwan adds two more awards to already impressive resume

04-22-2014 | by Sarah Scalese

Dana Olwan’s resume is already impressive, but the Women’s and Gender Studies scholar’s recent recognition from not one, but two major organizations is extraordinary, according to Gwendolyn Pough, department chair.

Olwan, who joined the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, was just awarded a Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) fellowship grant for her research titled “Traveling Discourses: Gender Violence and the Representational Politics of the ‘Honor Crime’.” Within a day of receiving word about the PARC grant, Olwan was informed she was the only junior faculty member selected to lead a National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Curriculum Institute workshop as an emerging leader in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Read more at: AS News

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