Several Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LAN) students took part in the Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium this year, an annual event now in its 19th year.
Spanish major Kylie Walsh presented her paper “What Unites Us: Representations of Homosexuality in Latin American Cinema,” examining shifting attitudes toward homosexuality in films from throughout the region. Master’s student Julia Danner presented a part of her thesis project on women and surrealism in Latin America. Danner’s paper, titled “De Homo Rodans: A Feminist Reimaging of Evolution,” explores artist Remedios Varo’s multi-genre critique of scientific discourse.
Also presenting at the symposium were Cristina González-Marín, a current exchange student from Spain and graduate teaching assistant in Spanish, who participated in a special performance on race and feminism, and Cristina Sánchez Martín, a former exchange student from Spain and now a doctoral candidate in English, who delivered a paper that has been accepted for publication, “The Transcoding of Women’s Empowerment as ‘Empoderamiento de la Mujer’: A Postcolonial Translation Theory for a Transnational Feminist Rhetorics.”
Last, but not least, English major and French minor Meg Oslund presented “Narrative Discussions and Panoptical Critique within Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens.” LAN congratulates all of our students and everyone involved on an informative and thought provoking symposium.
The WGS Symposium is an excellent opportunity for students from a range of disciplines to share their research on gender and sexuality in our society and throughout the world. This year’s Symposium featured a keynote lecture on how we perceive bodies of color by Philosopher Mariana Ortega, of John Carroll University. For more information on the minor in WGS, see Associate Professor Juliet Lynd.