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Gender and Colonialism Symposium

April 28, 2019

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WSU held a research symposium on gender and colonialism on Sunday, April 28 at the Dengerink Administration Building in Vancouver. Faculty presenters came from a wide range of US institutions and locations, including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawai’i. The symposium included ten different presentations about scholarship on gender and colonialism, which were divided into three panel sessions: Decolonizing History/Historiography, Dissonant/Unruly Bodies, and Gendered Spaces in Empire. » More …

Creation of the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

May 2018

In the spring of 2018, Washington State University Regents approved a strategic realignment plan and later that summer, Matthew Jockers, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, ‬announced the creation of the new Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), to be administratively housed within the Department of English. The name provides an inclusive title for the program and highlights the opportunity for a broad scope of study. ‬‬Also announced was the appointment of Associate Professor Pamela Thoma as the first director of WGSS. An expert in Asian American literary and cultural studies, world literature, feminist media studies, and feminist theory, Thoma has over 20 years of experience in related higher education and plans to continue emphasizing faculty, staff, and students’ long-standing commitment to intersectionality and gender justice. The new structure of the program will build on the strengths of an expanded Affiliate Faculty, one that draws on research expertise from across WSU campuses and collaborations in teaching through cross-listed courses. » More …