Fem(me) Sem is an informal workshop led by Professor Christine Williams. Modeled upon Femsem at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the goal of UT Austin's Fem(me) Sem is to provide mentoring and support for students who are conducting fieldwork on topics related to the sociology of gender. The group meets every other week in the Ethnography Lab to discuss students’ current research, including proposals, thesis and dissertation chapters, and articles for publication. One week prior to the meeting, one student volunteers to circulate work-in-progress to members of the group. Members of the seminar read the paper in advance, and come prepared to offer comments, suggestions, and advice. Fem(me) Sem aims to establish a supportive yet critical forum for discussion.
In addition to promoting graduate student scholarship, Fem(me) Sem provides more general mentoring and encouragement about progressing through the graduate program. The group maintains an email distribution list to inform members of other events on campus of interest to gender scholars. The group holds a social event every year to celebrate members’ accomplishments.
Fem(me) Sem meets Fridays at 4pm in the conference room of the Ethnography Lab on the third floor of CLA. The first organizational meeting of 2013-14 is August 30, 2013.
To subscribe to the Fem(me) Sem listserv, email Caity Collins.