Congratulations Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachary!

The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachary will be joining the WGSS Department on July 1, 2021 as the new incoming Chair and Professor of WGSS.

2nd International Virtual Colloquium “Re-thinking Marginalized Identities in Pandemics” (October 9th, 2020)

Sant’Anna Institute and Wake Forest University have teamed up to offer the second International Virtual Colloquium on the topic of “Re-thinking Marginalized Identities in Pandemics”.We are pleased to invite professors and students of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as other interested members of our communities to participate in this timely and innovative virtual colloquium set for October 9th, 2020 at 11 AM EDT.

Organized by Sant’Anna Academic Director Marco Marino and Wake Forest Professor Wanda Balzano, the colloquium focuses on examining the impact of COVID-19 on equality.

Diversity and inclusion are values that support our vision and shape our culture at S.Anna and Wake Forest. These values are crucial for continuous innovation, the exchange of ideas, and represent the core of the academic experience we offer to students. This is the reason why we intend to contribute to the current and urgent debate on equality from an intersectional perspective by organizing this virtual colloquium “Re-thinking Marginalized Identities in the Pandemics”.

The session involves top professors and scholars representing Africa, America, Asia, and Europe who will debate the impact of COVID-19 on equality while exploring topics such as gender, sexuality, race and class in relation to the pandemics and its devastating and disproportionate effects.

To register, first fill out the registration form here.

To attend, please provide us with your email and we will send you a Go To Meeting invitation. You may also join the webinar at the time of the session.

The panelists for this second colloquium include:

– Lakshita Bhagat (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India): “Covid-19 in India: Women and Pandemic”
– Carmen Ferrara and Alessandra Sciarra (“GenPol: Gender & Policy Insights”, UK): “The impact of the covid-19 health emergency on the anti-violence centres and shelters”
– Amina Hussain (“Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti” Language University, India): “Locked-down and Locked-out from Jobs: Gendering the ‘Work from Home’ culture – the Indian case”
– Ji Hyun Hong, Eun Young Yeom, Tairan Qiu, Shuang Fu (University of Georgia, USA): “Asian International Graduate Students in the U.S. During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
– Atalia Israeli-Nevo (School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel): “Primate Pandemics: Apes (and Other Animals) as Marginalized Identities”
– Alexandra Juhasz (Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA) and Pato Hebert (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, USA): “You are still sick”
– Emily Nabakooza (“Assisi” Centre for Social Justice and Peace, Uganda): “Leave no One behind: Building resilience, capacity, and adaptation for women market traders and vendors to overcome the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19”
– Sue Norton (Technological University Dublin, Ireland): “Freedom on the Margins: Reading as Reprieve during COVID 19”

Moderators and Chairs: Wanda Balzano and Marco Marino

The panelists for the first colloquium included:

• Sole Anatrone (Vassar College) and Julia Heim (University of Pennsylvania): Building Communities in Isolation: Rethinking Our Histories and Forming New Alliances in the Face of a Global Health Crisis and a Radical Social Awakening.
• Wanda Balzano (Wake Forest University): A Quarantine of One’s Own: Women and Pandemics.
• Vanessa Bassil (“Media Association for Peace”, Lebanon): COVID19, Media & Gender: The Role of Gender-Sensitive Reporting In Positive Peace In Times of Pandemics.
• Mary Goretti Byamugisha (Loyola University Chicago, “John Felice Rome Center”): The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the women working in the informal and extra-legal sectors in Uganda.
• Aziz Fatnassi (Champlain College): Of Social Movements and Social Distance: Intersectionality, Positionality, and the Precariat.
• Angela Kocze (Central European University, Budapest): Roma and Covid: Crisis on the racialized edges in Europe.
• Linda Longmire (Hofstra University): Post Pandemic Possibilities: Gender, Work, and Care.
• Bernardo Piciché (Virginia Commonwealth University): Equality and Liberty during the COVID-19.
• Alma Rondanini (Sant’Anna Institute): The Myth of COVID-19 Impartiality: Exacerbating Gender Inequality in Italy.

Specific inquiries or questions may also be addressed to Marco Marino at

Sant’Anna Institute, founded in 1998, is located in Sorrento Italy and specializes in providing study abroad programs in partnership with American universities, Italian language for foreigners and foreign languages for Italians. For more information, visit

Wake Forest University, founded in 1834, is a private university located in Winston-Salem, N.C., with more than 8,000 students. Wake Forest is a vibrant and diverse academic community in which students pursue learning in one or more of the 45 majors, 60 minors and additional programs we offer within our six colleges and schools. For more information, visit

“Re-thinking Marginalized Identities in Pandemics” (July 27, 2020)

Organized by Sant’Anna Academic Director Marco Marino and Wake Forest Professor Wanda Balzano (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), the colloquium focused on gender, race, class, and sexuality in relation to pandemics and the devastating and disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on marginalized identities. The colloquium was held on July 27, 2020.

Event flyer from Wanda's colloquium


Research Trends in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies: Perspectives from WGSS Visiting Professors

Join us on Tuesday, March 3 from 4:00-5:30pm in ZSR, Room 625 for Research Trends in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies: Perspectives from WGSS Visiting Professors

Dr. Rachel Corbman: A History of Women’s History: Women’s Liberation, Lesbian Feminism, and the Berkshire Conference in the 1970s

Dr. Jayati Lal: Re/presenting ‘Women’s Work’: Towards a Decolonial Feminist Perspective on Primitive Accumulation and Social Reproduction in Postcolonial Capitalism

Dr. Brenna Casey

Refreshments afterwards
Hosted by Special Collections & Archives for Women’s History Month

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies History Panel

On Wednesday, March 18th at 4:00 PM there will be a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies History Panel in honor of Women’s History Month, with a wine and cheese reception to follow. The panel, moderated by Current Department Chair Simone Caron, will feature founding faculty of the WGSS department who will discuss the creation and evolution of the program since the 1980s. Speakers include Professors Mary DeShazer, Anne Boyle, Peggy Smith, and Sally Barbour. The panel will take place in ZSR, room 404.

Poster for WGSS History Panel

Seats still available in WGS 150J!

There are seats still available in WGS 150J! This class meets on WF from 2:00-3:15, and is taught by Professor Lal. Please note, this class does meet the DIV1 requirement. If you would like to be added to this course, please reach out Professor Lal directly for a POI.

Flyer for WGS150J