WGSS 2021 Award Winners

The 2021 Annual Old Gold & Black Tabloid WGSS senior highlight student is Maggie Kuhn. You can read the full article here.

The 2021 Winner of the Annual Anne Boyle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is Stephanie Pilutti. This award is granted each year to the graduating senior (major or minor) who has the Department’s highest grade-point average.

The 2021 Annual Leadership Award Winners are Cameron Allen and Maggie Kuhn. This award is granted each year to a WGSS major or minor who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, service, and professionalism.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

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.

2021 Annual Student Research Symposium

The 2021 Annual Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality will be held on Friday, March 19 from 9:00am – 2:00pm. This year’s theme is Representation, Resilience, and Renewal. This year’s symposium, in partnership with the Sant’Anna Institute (Italy), is being supported by: Wake Forest’s School of Divinity, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, the Anna Julia Cooper Center, Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, and URECA.

To view the complete program, please click here.

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 marco.marino@santannainstitute.com.

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 www.santannainstitute.com.

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 https://about.wfu.edu/.

“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


A Message from the Graduate Program Director

It is with much pride and admiration that I announce the first class of graduate students at Wake Forest who completed the Graduate Concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Though graduation this year is not what we all pictured, we want to recognize and celebrate the achievement of these courageous, earnest, and eager students who, while deepening their studies, have refined a lens through which to view the world. I am deeply grateful for their hard work, their commitment to justice, and their enthusiasm in embracing activism, advocacy, and knowledge, as well as compassion and care . It is truly inspiring, especially in this historical moment, to be able to transform education into tools that will re-shape our world into something that is worthy of us in all of our differences. I am so excited for the next chapter in their lives.
My warmest congratulations !
Prof. Wanda Balzano
CLICK here for the VIDEO honoring the students

Call for Papers

This year the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is sending out a Call for Papers for the following awards: The Annual Elizabeth Phillips award, the Annual Mary DeShazer award, and the Annual Anne Boyle award. Below are the submission guidelines:

  • Students should only submit papers that have been revised according to the recommendations made by their professors when they assigned the grade. Submitted papers may come from the Fall Semester of 2019 or Spring Semester of 2020.
  • Students should proofread all papers for grammatical and typographical errors prior to submission. Papers with such errors will not be awarded a prize.
  • Papers much include a title page with the course number, course name, and the instructor name.
  • Students should email their papers to Alex Burch (burchac@wfu.edu). Papers have a hard deadline of Wednesday, April 29, at noon, but students are encouraged to submit earlier.

Click on the link(New Call for Paper Awards )to download the full Call for papers document. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Burch.


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