Scholar Janell Hobson visits OU to discuss gender, race, and sex

ImageDr. Janell Hobson will be speaking at Ohio University on Thursday, October 10th at 7pm in Walter Room 135. Her lecture will be titled “The Politics of Looking (And Not Looking) Like a Feminist” which will analyze her article in Ms. Magazine. Dr. Hobson explains:


“I will analyze Ms. Magazine’s framing of my article, “Beyonce’s Fierce Feminism,” a text for which I had no control over its title or visual layout, and the social media reactions as a result.  At once exhilarated by the attention my story received and conflicted by the frames used to contextualize my critique of Beyonce’s popular feminist rhetoric and performance, I will revisit a main question posed in [her book] Body as Evidence: What challenges does a 21st-century feminist face, and how will the larger spheres of media and political representation shape these challenges and her responses to them?”

On Friday, October 11th at 10am there will be a graduate student and faculty colloquium with Dr. Hobson in the Women’s and Gender Studies conference room at 31 South Court Street. The colloquium will focus on Dr. Hobson’s article, “The Rape of Harriet Tubman.” Attendants are asked to read the article in advance and come prepared with questions.

Dr. Hobson earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from Emory University as well as a masters in the Teaching of English from Columbia University and a bachelors in English from the University of Georgia. Dr. Hobson’s books titled Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender and Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture both analyze the intersections and representations of gender and race in popular culture. Dr. Hobson is currently the Graduate Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Albany SUNY.


Sarah Tucker Jenkins

Women’s Center Program Coordinator


About Ohio U Women's Center

The Ohio University Women’s Center serves and responds to the needs of OU women students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Founded in 2007, the center is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming campus climate for all members of the community through programs, resources, referrals, advocacy, and education. Located in Baker University Center 403.
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