Works in Progress: a workshop series for graduate student research

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Date: October 11, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 5057 Woodward # 10302 | Map
Category: Workshop

Please join the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program for our inaugural session of Works in Progress, a workshop series for graduate student research.

The series opens with Jamie McQuaid, PhD candidate in History. Jamie will share "Coming Out at Work: Queer Union Advocacy in American Labor History."

Description: The talk will cover how labor unions have advocated for and defended queer members (and non-member workers) throughout history. Using the UAW as a case example, I want to show how union solidarity improved the lives and working conditions of queer workers, once those workers were willing to come out at work. Both pre-Stonewall and post-Stonewall advocacy will be covered, with a slight emphasis on pre-1969 activism and why that activism often faces historical erasure. 

About the series: The central goal of the workshop series is to help foster community support among graduate students with research and teaching interests in feminism, trans studies, and/or queer studies. 

The series is an opportunity for graduate students to share work at any stage of development, whether dissertation work, MA thesis work, seminar work, or presentation work—but genuine works in progress. The workshop is not focused on “finished products.” Instead, the series is an opportunity for students to share work among a peer community and request feedback that is most helpful, supportive, and motivating for the stage they are at.

The series, however, is not a substitute for the necessary work students do with their own departments, advisors, or committee members, nor, given the likely cross-disciplinary nature of the work shared, would the group always be able to address discipline-specific matters. The group would be, rather, a form of care and support for graduate students and their work, something akin to academic mutual aid. To paraphrase Frank O’Hara, we want to put our work between people instead of between pages.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.

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