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New Faculty and Graduate Student Publication: Keywords in Youth Studies

Keywords in Youth StudiesGSU Women’s Studies Institute Director Susan Talburt has co-edited a new book called Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges (co-editor, Nancy Lesko of Teachers College, Columbia University). This book also includes entries/essays from Julie Kubala and Amira Jarmakani, also Women’s Studies Institute professors,  and from two other members of the Women’s Studies institute community,  Andrew J. Reisinger and Alejondro Venegas-Steele.

Keywords in Youth Studies is “a unique blend of reference guide, conceptual dictionary, and critical assessment [which] presents and historicizes the “state of the field.” It offers theoretically-informed analysis of key concepts, and points to possibilities for youth studies’ reconstruction. Contributors include internationally-renowned field experts who trace the origins, movements, and uses and meanings of “keywords” such as resistance, youth violence, surveillance, and more. The blending of section essays with focused keywords offers beginning and advanced readers multiple points of entry into the text and connections across concepts.“ (from publisher’s information)

Susan Talburt is Director of the Women’s Studies Institute. In addition to editing Keywords in Youth Studies, Talburt also collaborated with Lesko on several introductory essays in the book, “An Introduction to Seven Technologies of Youth Studies” and “A History of the Present of Youth Studies.” She has also published Subject to Identity: Knowledge, Sexuality, and Academic Practices in Higher Education (2000; on order), Thinking Queer: Sexuality, Culture, and Education (2000, with Shirley Steinberg), and Youth and Sexualities: Pleasure, Subversion and Insubordination in and out of Schools (2004, with Mary Louise Rasmussen and Eric Rofes).

Julie Kubala, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Women’s Studies, contributed an essay on “Human Rights.” Prof. Kubala has also coedited a special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, “Polyphonic Feminisms: Acting in Concert,” (2010, with Mandy Van Deven).

Amira Jarmakani, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, contributed the essay “Hijab.” Prof. Jarmakani is also the author of Imagining Arab Womanhood: The Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers (2008) as well as chapters in Arabs in the Americas: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Arab Diaspora (2006),  Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging (2011), and The Cultural Politics of the Middle East in the Americas (forthcoming), as well as articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Critical Arts: A South-North Journal for Cultural and Media Studies.

Andrew J. Reisinger is a doctoral student in the GSU Department of History and a staff member of the Women’s Studies Institute; he contributed the essay “Histories.”

Alejondro Venegas-Steele is completing his BA in Women’s Studies at GSU; he has contributed the essay “Trans.” He has also published in Left Turn magazine as A.V. Venegas-Steele.