WGS 3814

This course will explore religious, social, scientific and legal views on gender, sexuality and identity that may extend from medieval through early modern Europe with an emphasis on the French tradition. Readings will include literary texts and cultural documents as well as current scholarship on questions of sexuality, gender, and identity politics.

WGS 2559

What is the relationship between body image and identity? How does one affect, constrain, and inform the other?  The development of body image is a complex process influenced by messages we receive from family, friends, peers, health care practitioners, teachers, and mass media to name a few. Messages are also constructed and interpreted differently depending on one's gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ableism.

WGS 4559

Can you hear gender? How do bodies experience sound? Why do so many operas stage rape, and how do they resonate with current political discussions? How does Beyoncé use sound to feminist ends in Lemonade? Through readings, class presentations, discussions, blog posts, and analytical papers, you will develop your own understanding of key methods and terms used by music scholars and critics, gender theorists, and activists.

WGS 3115

What is ‘work’? Are women seen as ‘workers’? Are there women who do not ‘work’? What is the history of paid, less paid, and unpaid work? This course focuses on new trends in the relationship between gender, class and work; and will reveal emerging possibilities in knowledge and practice through changes or reversal in the gender order and its impact on work and its relationship with capital.

WGS 2896

The course is designed to increase students’ insight into social problems.  The course is divided into two parts. The first half of the semester we will focus in class on four problem areas that have a local and/or global focus: sex trafficking, gender and immigrant status, minority women and mental health, and transgender oppression,. The second half of the semester will consist of an externship to local organizations working in the areas we covered.

WGS 2552

This course will introduce and familiarize students with French literature and fim via its representation of the reproductive and sexual body. We will study the ways in which literature, arts, and the humanities in general are vital to  the expression of the intimate and personal. The works selected will give students a broad understanding of both French cultural and of the evolving representations of sexuality and reproduction in literature.

Risky Bodies & Techno-Intimacy

Geeta Patel

Geeta Patel, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality, will be giving a talk on her most recent work, a book entitled "Risky Bodies & Techno-Intimacy" in conjunction with the LGBTQ Center's ongoing Queer Health Talk series. Join us as we navigate the intimacies and difficulties created and fostered by expanding technological communication. 


Flash funding projects to address racism locally

Taylor Lamb had just decided to postpone a panel of LGBT speakers of color when a call went out for proposals for funding from the University of Virginia. A small grant, Lamb thought, would help her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, try to hold the event again.

UVa’s Flash Funding project was announced at the beginning of September. The grant was awarded to projects that work toward “Achieving the Culture and Environment We Value,” with preference for ideas for programming that address unconscious bias and racial tension.

WGS 4559 (Colonialism)

This course analyzes colonialism throughout history and to the present through the lens of gender. It looks at how gender shapes colonial and settler colonial projects, especially in the American, British, French, and Spanish empires. This course also considers how colonialism impacts perceptions of gender in Settler, Indigenous, and colonial societies.

WGS 4750

Scholars working on the history of black girls in the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa have created a vibrant new field of black girl studies.  Combining insights from black feminism and the history of childhood, these scholars have centered black girls’ experience as a means of reframing our understanding of citizenship, labor, and creativity.