South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Spring 2013

"The Feeling Body"

Thursday, March 21, 2013. 9:00 AM. Student Activity Center (SAC)

The CWGS 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.

CWGS’s 2012-2013 annual 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. How are other disciplines writing about and engaging with affect? How might this new direction shift how we think about the role of the body in academic research? The panelists will examine these topics, exploring the ways in which the body shapes knowledge.

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. 

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