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WGS Salon
WGS Salons explore what it means to build community
and foster collaboration on a university campus. UNCG
students, staff, and faculty as well as members of the
broader Greensboro community can come together to
informally discuss topics that relate to their personal lives
and academic, professional, or activist work. Last spring,
WGS hosted Salons discussing Feminist Pedagogies, Queer
Pedagogies, and M.A. students’ final projects. The Feminist
Pedagogies Workgroup allowed teachers, students, and
learners to discuss issues such as the role of emotions in
the classroom, how identities of both student and teacher
come into play, and what it means to create a “safe enough”
learning space. The Queer Pedagogies Salon, facilitated by
Kimber Heinz as part of her MA culminating project, opened
up dialogue around embodiment, privilege, and “authority”
of knowledge. This semester, we began our Salon series
with conversations around Ecofeminism. In particular,
we addressed the relationships between feminisms and
current environmental movements and ways to strategize
both within consumerist culture. The final Salon for this
semester confronted the recently published Shriver Report and discussions around American womanhood,
work, and families in such a context. If you have an idea for future Salons or would like to be involved,
please contact the WGS office at 336-334-5673.
Masculinities Panel Brings Focus
to Male Bodies
As part of Love Your Body eW ek, oW men’s and Gender Studies
hosted a discussion on masculinities with featured panelists
David Rogers, English Ph.D. student, Duane Cyrus of the Dance
Department, and Dr. Frank oW ods of the African American
Studies Program. Rogers opened the discussion by posing the idea
of how and why men often get overlooked in discussions about
bodies. Cyrus spoke of his experience as a black male body moving
on stage and how his performances as a dancer go against notions
of masculinity he heard as a child. He also brought to attention the
various and shifting types of male dancer bodies that exist, such as
the effeminate male body and the ultra muscular, hyper-masculine
body. In response to the title of the panel, “Are Men the eW aker
Sex?”, oW ods posed a “differently equal” approach in addressing
different racialized and gendered bodies. He presented the group
with cinematic images that traced the progression of black men in
film and how their portrayals shift from emasculated to strong, often
violent, bodies. The larger conversation that followed approached
issues such as the objectification of the white male body, how a
culture of fear controls our bodies, and how we might act as agents
for radical change around disassembling expectations assigned to
certain bodies and performances. Thanks to the panelists and all
who attended for engaging in such a critical,
lively discussion!
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