California State University, Northridge gender and women’s studies students and queer studies students will present their capstone research projects about the cultural aspects of sexuality and gender to students, faculty, staff and members of the community on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2, at the university.
The fifth annual “Sex in the Library” event will take place in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room on the garden level of CSUN’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library, located in the center of the campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.
“The Oviatt Library has a great collection on issues of sexuality,” said Breny Mendoza, CSUN gender and women’s studies department chair and professor. “The issues of sexuality are the topics that we teach and research in this department. ”
The event will kick off May 1 with the Queer Studies Student Research Symposium from 1 to 5 p.m.
Keynote speaker Jennifer Tyburczy, associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of “Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display,” will present her research about the display of visual, popular and material culture in museums.
She also will discuss the north, west and Latin American and European flow of sexual objects across mapped and symbolic borders.
After her presentation, students will showcase their research on gender studies.
The 14th annual GWS Student Conference will take place May 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the event, students will present their research on feminism in high school, racial discrimination in healthcare, mass incarceration, female masculinity and mental health issues in migrant communities.
“Their (the students’) research goes beyond the classroom because they share it with the CSUN community and participate to speak in a scholarly conversation with others,” Mendoza said.
The panel discussion “Dialogues Across the Colonial Divide: An Evening with Indigenous and Mestiza Feminists from Abya Yala and Turtle Island” will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Panelists include Aura Cumes, feminist scholar-activist; Maya Kaqchikel, anthropologist from Guatemala; Karina Ochoa, sociology professor at Autonomous Metropolitan University Azcapotzalco, Mexico; Kimberly Robertson, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies professor at California State University, Los Angeles professor; and moderator Mendoza.
The event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who will need accommodations may call 818-677-2638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance for arrangements.
For more information about the event, contact the GWS department at 818-677-3110.
The event is organized by CSUN’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Queer Studies Program and Pride Center.