GCWS has featured the Feminisms Unbound series for more than five years. This series is extremely popular with students, faculty, and the greater Boston feminist academic and activist communities. Feminisms Unbound, organized by GCWS affiliated faculty, features debates which focus on feminist concerns, theories, and practices in this contemporary moment. The goal of Feminisms Unbound is to foster conversations and community among Boston-area feminist intellectuals and activists. The series, in its open configuration, endeavors to allow the greatest measure of engagement across multiple disciplinary trajectories, and a full array of feminist investments. Feminisms Unbound is curated by a team of three faculty members who represent a number of institutions and disciplines.
“Going Viral” is an opportunity to think with the logics and lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic about the ways that intimacy, mobility, information, body, nation, gender, and sexuality are imbricated through viruses, and other transmittable forms. The panel will address the following questions: Is the virus airborne? Through what fluids is the virus transmitted? Does the virus know gender? Is racism the virus? The current pandemic is an accumulation of many viral histories. This panel invites scholars to draw from their original research to explore the traffic in viral discourse and the pathways of transmission—of data, bodies, feelings, ideology—through feminist, queer, and trans lenses.
Roundtable participants include:
- Adia Benton, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University
- Gowri Vijayakumar, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
- Jih-Fei Cheng, Assistant Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Scripps College
- Shaka McGlotten, Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology, Purchase College
Moderator: Kareem Khubchandani, Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Tufts University.