UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department

UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department WGSS at UMass Amherst is an interdisciplinary program. It offers an undergraduate BA and minor, and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies.
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Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is both a discipline and an interdisciplinary program. The Program offers a Bachelor of Arts, an undergraduate minor and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass has a proud history as one of the most established programs in the country, graduating our first undergraduate majors in 1975 and developing the graduate program in the 1990's. The Four Colleges and the University, in collaboration with the Five College Consortium, worked together to establish the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. The Center organizes conference and workshops, features works in progress of Five College faculty, and offers residencies for national and international scholars and activists.

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https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/women-gender-sexuality-studies-professor
11/03/2020
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Professor Wins Kendrick Prize from Society for Literature, Science & the Arts

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/women-gender-sexuality-studies-professor

Banu Subramaniam, professor in the department of women, gender, sexuality studies, won the 2020 Society for Literature, Science & the Arts (SLSA) Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize for the best book in Literature, Science & the Arts for the book “Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationali...

Our virtual Fall Reception is Monday, Oct 19th at 7:30 PM! Please join to meet our faculty and other students, learn abo...
10/13/2020

Our virtual Fall Reception is Monday, Oct 19th at 7:30 PM! Please join to meet our faculty and other students, learn about our Spring 2021 classes, and learn how to declare a major in WGSS!

10/09/2020

Congratulations to faculty member Banu Subramaniam!

2020 Society for Literature, Science & the Arts
Kendrick Book Prize for the best book in Literature, Science & the Arts

Winner: Banu Subramaniam, Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (University of Washington Press, 2019)

"This is a profound and important demonstration of what feminist science studies can bring to contemporary cultural criticism, one that is particularly timely in exploring the role of science in the rise of Hindu Nationalism. Imaginative in conception and remarkably nuanced and precise in its articulations, Holy Science offers both bold claims and a responsible basis for hope as we challenge ourselves to create a more just future. . ."

UMass Amherst
09/17/2020

UMass Amherst

A Wellness Wednesday tip: In support of prioritizing well-being every day, we've launched [email protected], which connects students to practical resources for academic, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. https://bit.ly/32bqztm

Planet on a Precipice – Histories and Futures of the Environmental Emergency
09/10/2020
Planet on a Precipice – Histories and Futures of the Environmental Emergency

Planet on a Precipice – Histories and Futures of the Environmental Emergency

Series Overview Scroll Down Mass extinction. Climate chaos. Ecological collapse. The future of life on earth is at stake. What are the roots of this emergency?What can be done? Calendar of Events Free. Online. Open to All. All events will be live & recorded* Zoom, Facebook, YouTube & SoundcloudSpani...

Join us for our second day of #ScholarStrike! We'll be streaming videos all day on racial justice from 9 am to 6 pm on Z...
09/09/2020

Join us for our second day of #ScholarStrike!

We'll be streaming videos all day on racial justice from 9 am to 6 pm on Zoom as part of a virtual teach-in.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/95938678307?pwd=VzJ1ZHk3RWY4c2FXTms0RisyNkNaUT09

Meeting ID: 959 3867 8307
Passcode: 405187

Organized by Professors Anthea Butler and Kevin Gannon, this strike is an intentional opportunity for academics to raise awareness of and prompt action against racism and state-sanctioned violence.

In response to police violence against black folks across the United States and in solidarity with the strikes called by...
09/08/2020

In response to police violence against black folks across the United States and in solidarity with the strikes called by national sports teams to protest racial violence, university professors across the country are participating in a Scholar Strike and teach-in for racial justice on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Some 5,000 scholars have signed up, saying that they plan to strike, participate in the teach-in, or both. Organized by Professors Anthea Butler and Kevin Gannon, this strike is an intentional opportunity for academics to raise awareness of and prompt action against racism and state-sanctioned violence.

Members of the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department have set up a virtual teach-in on Zoom that will be streaming videos about racial justice during teaching hours today and tomorrow from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/95938678307?pwd=VzJ1ZHk3RWY4c2FXTms0RisyNkNaUT09

Meeting ID: 959 3867 8307
Passcode: 405187

Center for Women & Community - UMass Amherst
08/31/2020

Center for Women & Community - UMass Amherst

Near or far, CWC is here for you.

UMass Amherst
08/27/2020

UMass Amherst

#WellnessWednesday: If you're looking for remote student support resources, here's a good place to start. ⬇️

CMASS at UMASS
08/24/2020

CMASS at UMASS

Cultural Connections 2020 - Zoom in to Join!
Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 4-5pm

Zoom Link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/98199423523

Welcome Students, Faculty and Staff!

Cultural Connections is a staple of Welcome Week to introduce new students to CMASS and promote connections and community with peers and staff,

This vibrant event is a celebration of our campus' cultural plurality and our energetic connection to the community.

Zoom in to Join!
See you next Thursday!....Oh on Zoom!

Center for Women & Community - UMass Amherst
08/12/2020

Center for Women & Community - UMass Amherst

Near or far, CWC is here to support the UMass Amherst Community.

UMass Amherst
08/07/2020

UMass Amherst

IMPORTANT FALL 2020 UPDATE FROM CHANCELLOR SUBBASWAMY:

The worsening conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally have led us to make the difficult decision to significantly reduce our campus population for the fall. While we remain committed to our previously announced instructional plan, we are reversing our previously announced offer to provide on-campus housing for students whose coursework is entirely remote.

Only students who are enrolled in essential face-to-face classes, including laboratory, studio and capstone courses, which have been designated in SPIRE, will be accommodated in campus residence halls and be granted access to campus facilities and dining this fall. All other students, whose courses do not require a physical presence on campus, should plan to engage in their studies remotely, from home.

In the interest of public health, we also strongly urge our off-campus students whose coursework is remote to refrain from returning to the Amherst area for the fall semester, for they, too, will not have campus facilities at their disposal. Research laboratories, many of which resumed operation in the spring, will remain open.

We recognize there are some students who are dependent on campus housing and dining, and others, including some international students with specific visa requirements and students in healthcare fields, who will need to reside on campus. These situations will be handled on a case-by case basis, and in most instances will be accommodated.

Any questions or concerns may be sent to [email protected].

Read the chancellor's full message here: https://bit.ly/3a1z2Sl

Center for Women & Community - UMass Amherst
07/31/2020

Center for Women & Community - UMass Amherst

Please help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in getting involved in this work. No prior experience is needed – we are looking to bring in a wide range of folks from across Hampshire County.

We will be offering a week long intensive training August 24th – 28th.

Training is required for all of our positions. Volunteer opportunities available, as well as the potential for paid positions. Get trained to have a head start to qualify for openings!

Participants who complete this training will qualify to be considered for staffing hotline, running support groups, and other volunteer roles or professional opportunities (with additional proper credentials.)

Participants must attend all sessions in the training in order to successfully complete it.

For more info & to apply: https://www.umass.edu/cwc/join-staff

UMass Amherst Votes – Election Information | Student Life | UMass Amherst
07/31/2020
UMass Amherst Votes – Election Information | Student Life | UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Votes – Election Information | Student Life | UMass Amherst

Help shape the future by voting in the 2020 elections. Massachusetts State Primaries: Tuesday, September 1Register by Saturday, August 22 National Election Day: Tuesday, November 3Register by Saturday, October 24 For 2020 Elections in Massachusetts:• Vote by mail for any reason!• Registration de...

UMass Amherst Stonewall Center
07/30/2020

UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

Hey Folks! We still have room for a few more mentees in our mentorship program! New 1st year & transfer students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. umass.edu/stonewall

Supporting Our International Students | UMass Amherst Reopening
07/09/2020
Supporting Our International Students | UMass Amherst Reopening

Supporting Our International Students | UMass Amherst Reopening

Earlier this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a set of new draft regulations with potentially severe negative consequences for international students who already face many challenges as a result of the pandemic. In my opinion, these changes to the Student and Exchange V...

New Reviews of Laura Briggs' latest book!http://bostonreview.net/race-politics/paul-m-renfro-america%E2%80%99s-long-war-...
07/08/2020
America’s Long War on Children and Families

New Reviews of Laura Briggs' latest book!

http://bostonreview.net/race-politics/paul-m-renfro-america%E2%80%99s-long-war-children-and-families

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/07/06/kidnapping-kids-as-american-as-the-fourth-of-july/

A new book shows how Trump’s family separation policy belongs to a much longer history of U.S. government forces—alongside state and local entities—taking children from families deemed inimical to the idealized American family form.

A Message to the UMass International Community | UMass Amherst Reopening
07/07/2020
A Message to the UMass International Community | UMass Amherst Reopening

A Message to the UMass International Community | UMass Amherst Reopening

I apologize for sending yet another urgent email message to you regarding federal actions. It seems as though nearly once a week I have a need to message you to, hopefully, provide guidance and updates to immigration policy that understandably causes confusion, apprehension and anxiety to so many of...

The Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
06/22/2020

The Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Our university's administrators, faculty, and other members of the UMass Amherst community recently released anti-racism statements. The Translation Center is taking the initiative to expand the audiences they reach via translation. These audiences are, but not limited to, the families of our students, fellow employees at UMass, and neighboring communities in Massachusetts. During these times, and always, it's important that everyone gets the message in a language they can fully understand. Our team asked ten professional translators to translate the June 5 letter from Julie Hayes, Dean of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst, into their respective languages. The Translation Center compensated the translators with funds we received from generous donors during the 2019 UMassGives fundraising campaign.

The languages are Arabic, Cape Verdean, Chinese, Haitian, Korean, Nepali (2 pages), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The June 5 letter by Dean Julie Hayes
https://www.umass.edu/hfa/news/message-dean-julie-c-hayes

UMass Amherst Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Statement of Solidarity Protests Against Racism and Poli...
06/05/2020

UMass Amherst Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Statement of Solidarity Protests Against Racism and Police Violence in the US

As members of the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst, we recognize that anti-Black racism in the US is a pillar of White supremacy and we express our solidarity with those protesting against police violence and systemic racism around the country and the world. While these latest protests were sparked, most immediately, by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, we understand that these murders are just the latest iteration of a White supremacist state that ultimately protects corporate interests. This is evidenced by the swiftness with which these uprisings in defense of Black life, dignity, and freedom dreaming have been violently suppressed in so many instances by local police. This makes it even more clear to us, yet again, that property and property relations are, themselves, outcomes of White supremacy.

As a group of scholars, teachers, advisors, students and administrators who have a shared commitment to feminist principles of self-determination, radicality and critical thinking, we see clearly that anti-Blackness never operates in isolation. The backlash against reproductive rights and queer and transgender rights is part of the horrifying, everyday racism of this country. We are heartened and humbled by the resonance that these issues have had around the world and would like to add our voices to the many others who have spoken up to offer their solidarity with those who are resisting a system that absolutely must change.

We are particularly angered and disappointed by the heavy-handed policing that has taken place against peaceful protestors in almost every major city in the US. We reject the premise that our local police must have military-grade weapons, and are angry that these weapons are produced in surplus in our country. Does our economy need war and military surpluses to survive? We are emphatic that this not be the case.

What is happening in the US is part of a deeply disturbing trend around the world. The leaders of the US, India, the UK, the Philippines, and Brazil have all made policy decisions in recent months that undermine the hard-won gains of democracy and anti-colonialism. We will not tolerate this erosion of basic rights and stand with people everywhere who are protesting what increasingly appears to be a global crackdown on humanity itself.

UMass Amherst is not exempt from the imperative to respond adequately to this moment. As educators, we renew our commitment to teaching courses on anti-Black racism, prisons, policing and their history in the US and beyond. Such courses, and the research that informs them, are (and ought to be regarded as) vital to the university’s educational mission and social function. Further, although we welcome the Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s memo about plans to combat racism within campus life, we do not believe that this vision expands far enough. For example, given reports we hear from students about harassment from the UMPD, we do not believe that a voluntary, three-day training on their part is a sufficient response. The problem, as we see it, is not only in the individual biases of officers but also, and most importantly, in the structure of policing itself. Our colleagues at other campuses have suggested that their campus police be, at the very least, disarmed; we believe that this—a real reduction in the power of policing—would be a sufficient response and a significant improvement in the lives of our students.

This academic year, UMass Amherst adopted a new slogan: Be Revolutionary. In solidarity with protestors around the world and within the Pioneer Valley, we invite UMass to act according to its own stated principles, to not wait for change, but create it, and to “embrace the freedom to dream bigger.”

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