April 8-12, 2013
Why do we associate breasts with women and muscled forearms with men? Why do we think six-pack abs are masculine and carefully manicured nails are feminine? Are we the sum of our body parts? Who decides what our body parts mean? These and other questions about our bodies guide the 2013 Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in a Global Context to be held at Middlebury College during the week of April 8-12. Through an array of events — student panels, performances, film screening, formal presentations – this year’s symposium, entitled “Body Parts”, explores how some body parts come to stand in for our sexed and gendered identities. We will be exploring these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives such as biology, literature, and theology. The formal presentations include renowned scholars from the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and other schools. The events are spread out over the week of April 8-12 and include student perspectives.