"The Feeling Body"
Fri, March 22, 2013 • 9:00 AM • Student Activity Center (SAC)
20th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies
The CWGS (Center for Women's and Gender Studies) graduate student run conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research highlighting issues in women's, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. This year’s theme is “The Feeling Body.” Affect is an emerging new direction in feminist theory, generating fascinating conversations around the role of the body and feeling in producing knowledge. We have designed this theme to be interdisciplinary in nature, inviting perspectives across disciplines to engage with affect.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Ann Cvetkovich is Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (1992), An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (2003), and most recently, she published Depression: A Public Feeling (2012). Dr. Cvetkovich’s work challenges conventional ways of understanding what counts as knowledge by calling into question the mind/body dualism in the Academy, arguing that feelings can be a valuable and important source of knowledge about the world.