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CHSS Hosts 14th Annual Gender Studies Conference April 9


By Sheryl E. Taylor

What is gender?

Gender involves social and cultural understandings of sexual difference and the practices and behaviors that support or challenge those understandings. And the College of Humanities & Social Sciences’ 14th Annual Gender Studies Conference will challenge, discuss and confront these varied understandings on gender, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9.

This one-day virtual conference will feature discussion topics moderated by CHSS faculty. UHD undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines were invited to submit proposals for presentations exploring the many dimensions of gender. 

“The College of Humanities & Social Sciences is excited to continue our commitment to student success and promoting student scholarship in Gender Studies with this year’s conference,” said CHSS Assistant Dean Crystal Guillory. I would like to thank our Gender Studies Conference committee members with a very special thank you to Dr. Giuliana Lund and Dr. Tammis Thomas for continuing to serve year after year on this conference committee to ensure we promote and encourage our student scholars of Gender Studies. This year, we also are excited to collaborate with the O'Kane Gallery with a presentation from Teri Greeves, Native American Kiowa artist and co-curator of "Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists" (an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum).”

CHSS Interim Dean David Ryden will offer welcome remarks to open the conference.

14th Annual Gender Studied Conference Schedule

10:15 a.m.
Historical Perspectives On Gender

Dr. Theresa Case, Associate Professor of History

An Observation of the Socially Constructed Essence of Gender through Shakespeare’s Viola By Susie Herndon:

  • The Impact of Social Settlement Houses on Immigrant Women By Anita Goolcharan
  • The Impact of Settlement Houses in the Early Nineteenth Century By Emonii Fitz-Bowie

11:30 a.m.
Catch A Criminal By The Tale: Sexual Predators in “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Sleeping Beauty”

Moderator: Dr. Tammis Thomas, Professor of English

  • “Little Red Riding Whore”: Perversities of Predation and Desire in the Original “Little Red Riding Hood” Tales By Jaida Doll
  • The Transformation of Sleeping Beauty’s Bed in the Light of Consent By Katt Pittard
  • Sleeping Beauty: Another Eternal Slumber By Katt Pittard

1:15 a.m.
Breaking Literary And Gender Norms: Fairy Tales Revisited

Moderator: Dr. Tammis Thomas, Professor of English

  • “Caramela”: Correcting the Damage of Snow White By Mariey Garcia
  • Little Red Riding Hood Revisited: “The Wolf that Cried” By Eric Tat
  • Discovering Harmony Despite Dissonance for Gender Dysphoric Youth: A Radical Revision of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” By Jaida Doll

2:30 p.m.
The Struggle For Gender And Sexual Equality

Moderator: Dr. Shahnjayla Connors,
Assistant Professor of Health & Behavioral Science

  • History of Feminist Struggles By Norma Galindo
  • Law Abiding Sexuality By Jessica Love
  • Law Enforcement and the LGBTQ+ Community By Brayan Ayala

3:40 a.m.
Framing Women In The Cinema

Moderator: Dr. Johanna Schmertz, Professor of English

  • Flipping Behavioral Expectations and Class Transcendence: A Parable of Fan Culture in ItBy Chase Hodgeson
  • The Rise and Fall of the IT Factor By Leah Williams
  • Framing the Female Gaze in Jane Campion’s The Piano and Bright Star By Rachel Leigh
  • Ex Machina and Gender: Ava and Performative Femininity By Jordynn Godfrey

4:50 p.m.
Speaking Out And Acting Up: Voicing Gender Diversity

Moderator: Dr. Katharine Jager, Associate Professor of English

  • Am I Not Equal? By Nampie Kamara
  • Socks By Rachel Leigh
  • Truth Has Never Been Spoken By Ahsanul Haque

6 p.m.
Hearts of Our People: Honoring Native American Women Artists as Contributors to American Art
By Teri Greeves

Moderator: Mark Cervenka, Associate Professor of Art & Director of O’Kane Gallery

To attend the 14th Annual Gender Conference, register today. For more information, contact Crystal Guillory at guillorycry@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.