Event Details

When We Speak: Sex, Power, and the #MeToo Movement - 10/18

Date Submitted: 09/26/2018
Submitted By: COHSS / Meghan Devlin
Event Location: University Commons Ballrooms B & C
Start Date: 10/18/18 09:30 AM    End Date: 10/18/18 03:30 PM

Please save the date for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences 7th annual CONTEXTS conference on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 in University Commons Ballrooms B&C.

When We Speak: Sex, Power, and the #MeToo Movement

How does power affect gender roles and sexual behavior in public and private spaces? Who has power, who does not, and how is it leveraged? Perhaps the clearest manifestation of these questions is the unprecedented entry into public view of the accounts of sexual coercion, harassment, and assault. Reports from government, media, education, service and domestic sectors, and many other fields have ignited a broad-ranging debate about the politics of sexuality in structurally unequal relationships. There has also been clamorous backlash, pointing to the ambiguity of intimacy and condemning so-called media trials and the disregard of due process. How does this debate challenge our inherited notions of desire, power and justice? This conference will trace the histories of this question, report on the current state of the #MeToo movement and look toward imagining ways of creating lasting cultural change.

9:30 – 10:45 - The History of the #MeToo Movement
• Greta LaFleur, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Yale University
• Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University

11:00 – 12:15 Keynote Session: Race, Power & #METOO
• Keynote speaker: Julianne Malveaux, former President of Bennett College

2:00 – 3:15 - The Future of the #MeToo Movement
• Bianca Williams, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center
• Mariam Durrani, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College in Clinton

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