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Conferences & Symposia

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2014-15 Academic Year

Friday, November 14, 2014
IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Symposium

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2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street, Ann Arbor

This symposium is the culmination of the 2014 Community of Scholars program, which is a four-month summer fellowship program supporting U-M graduate students who are engaged in research, scholarship, or other creative activities that focus on women and/or gender.

8:50 a.m.: Welcome Remarks

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Panel 1. Constraining Desires and Enabling Identities

Scott De Orio, History and Women’s Studies, “Gay Men, Liberal Politics, and the Transformation of Sex Offender Registration in California, 1947-1983”

Tiffany Ball, English and Women’s Studies, “Feeling Femininity in Modern Fiction”

Michelle Johns, Public Health, “Overlooked Assets: Body Size, Body Image, and Sexual Minority Women”

Panel Chair: Hitomi Tonomura, History and Women’s Studies

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Panel 2. Masculinity Trouble: Labor, Care, and Development

Gabriele Koch, Anthropology, “For the Sake of the Company: Healing and Labor in Tokyo’s Sex Industry"

Austin McCoy, History, “The Hardcore Unemployed: The Problem of Black Masculinity in the Urban Crisis”

Alison Joersz, Anthropology, “Getting Started: The Political Pragmatics of Gender in Haiti”

Panel Chair: Gayle Rubin, Anthropology and Women’s Studies

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: LUNCH (provided)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Panel 3. Mediatized Subjects

Johnny Berona, Psychology, “Social Media Engagement and LGBTQ Youth: Implications for Mental Health”

Timeka Tounsel, Communication Studies, “The Black Woman that Media Built”

Dahlia Petrus, Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies, “‘Becky from Babylon’ and Other Arab Women in the American Imagination”

Panel Chair: Lisa Nakamura, Screen Arts and Culture, Women’s Studies, English, American Culture

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.: Panel 4. Body Politics in (Post-)Colonial Discourses

Jodi Greig, Slavic Languages and Literatures, “The Queens of Lovetown”

Josh Hubbard, History and Women’s Studies, “Corporeal Colonization: Women, Children, and the Kuomintang”

Lamia Moghnieh, Social Work and Anthropology, “Feminist Activism for a Society Free from Violence”

Panel Chair: Sara McClelland, Psychology and Women’s Studies

Friday, October 24, 2014
Understanding the Neoliberal State: Feminism, Inequality and Social Change

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2239 Lane Hall
Keynote Address in Rackham Assembly Hall

Cosponsors: Department of Political Science, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of Women's Studies, Latina/o Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology

In recent years, a great deal of academic research has focused on the negative effects of neo-liberalism and neo-liberal economic policies. Such scholarship often presumes the retreat or decline of the state. "Neo-liberalism" in this context often takes on a deterministic and ghostly character -- acting as a primary agent that reshapes socio-economic and cultural practices and permeates all forms of political life. However, research in comparative and historical contexts provides a more complex picture of the nature and causes of inequality. States, while restructured in varying ways, continue to play a central role in shaping the causes and responses to inequality. The nature of state formation affects processes of economic restructuring. Social movements that respond to various forms of inequality are immersed in complicated political dynamics with both the state and transnational and national capitalist actors. The objective of this symposium is to move beyond surface invocations of "neoliberalism" and provide an in-depth working group on the nature and practices of the post-liberalization state from historical, comparative and transnational perspectives.

Symposium Schedule

9:15-9:30 AM Introductory Remarks

Leela Fernandes, Women’s Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan, “Myths of the Vanishing Neoliberal State”

9:30-11:30 AM Panel 1: Restructuring the State, Civil Society and Public Life

Lamia Karim, Anthropology, University of Oregon, “Unsilenced State, Silenced NGOs: The State and the Grameen Bank in Neoliberal Bangladesh”

Ujju Aggarwal, Institute for Urban Policy and Research Analysis, University of Texas, Austin, “The Politics of Choice: Race, Class, Gender and the Structuring of Citizenship Post-Brown Vs. Board of Education”

Nancy Naples, Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut, “What’s in a Word?: Austerity, Precarity, Neoliberalism and Traveling Theory”

2-4:00 PM Panel 2: State Interventions

Dolly Daftary, School of Social Work, Western Michigan University

Christina Heatherton, American Studies, Trinity College, “When Your Only Tool is a Hammer, Every Problem Looks Like a Nail: Neoliberal Problem Solving From Ferguson and Beyond”

Amy Lind, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati, “After Neoliberalism?: Resignifying Economy, Nation and Family in Ecuador’s Citizen Revolution”

Moderator: Suzanne Bergeron, Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Sciences, University of Michigan, Dearborn

4:30 PM Keynote Address at Rackham Assembly Hall

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and American Studies and Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics,” Graduate Center, City University of New York, “The State in the Struggle, the Struggle in the State: Institutional Contradictions Versus Neoliberal Displacements”

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2013-14 Academic Year

Monday, February 3, 2014
Gender and Sexuality in Law and Religion Symposium

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Rackham Graduate School, Assembly Hall
915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor

As gender has taken a prominent place in scholarly considerations of social issues, it has troubled the relationship between faith traditions and the law. Recent research on gender has prompted rethinking of both religious traditions and legal frameworks. Scholars of religion have recognized the challenges that shifting gender norms have brought to religious legal traditions even as lawyers have increasingly paid attention to those religious legal traditions. New patterns of behaviors have disrupted previously accepted and relatively unquestioned religious assumptions, and challenged practices inside and outside the courtroom. The politics of gender has disrupted previously accepted and relatively unquestioned religious assumptions.

This symposium explores the complex intersections of religious norms and values as they confront both religious and secular legal frameworks.

Sponsored by: The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, Institute for Research on Women & Gender

Schedule: 

9:00-9:30        Introductions
Deborah Dash Moore and Deborah Keller-Cohen

9:30-11:00      Session I:  LEGAL SEX
Chair: Marjorie Lehman, Frankel Institute Fellow, University of Michigan; Jewish Theological Seminary

Max Strassfeld, Frankel Institute, University of Michigan – “Claiming Queer Pasts: Hermaphrodites, Intersexuality, and Queer Bodies in Rabbinic Literature”

Marion Katz, New York University – “Reconfiguring Muslim Marriage: Sex as a Marital Right and Duty”

Discussant: Rachel Neis, University of Michigan

11:00-11:15    BREAK

11:15-1:00      Session II:  SEXUAL POLITICS
Chair: Daniel Ramirez, University of Michigan

Rachel Kranson, Frankel Institute Fellow, University of Michigan – “Religious Freedom or a Woman’s Right: The Women’s League for Conservative Judaism and the Politics of Reproduction, 1967-1982”
 
Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University – “Gendering the Religious/Secular Divide: Religious Accommodation and Gender Inequality in Secular Law”

Discussant: Jessica Marglin, University of Michigan

1:00-2:30        LUNCH

2:30-4:00        Session III:  CRIMES OF PASSION
Chair: Margo Schlanger, University of Michigan

Ava Chamberlin, Wright State University – “The Crime of Passion: Sex and Order in the Christian Household”

Catherine Warrick, Villanova University – “Is Fury Better Than Lust? Passion and the Law in Muslim Countries”

Discussant: Fatma Muge Gocek, University of Michigan

4:00-5:30        Session IV: GENDERED PERSPECTIVES: A CONVERSATION
Moderator: Beth Wenger, Frankel Institute Convening Head Fellow, University of Michigan

Round Table with:
Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Marie Griffith, Washington University
Karla Goldman, University of Michigan
Michael Bonner, University of Michigan

5:30-6:30        RECEPTION (open to the public)

Friday, December 6, 2013

IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Symposium

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2239 Lane Hall

The Community of Scholars is made up of recipients of 2013 summer fellowships from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Rackham Graduate School for graduate students pursuing research, scholarship, or creative activities focusing on women and/or gender.

IRWG is committed to creating environments in which communities of scholars come together for cross-disciplinary exchange. To that end, the fellows participated in a weekly seminar in May and June 2013, during which they discussed their work-in-progress. In July and August, they dispersed for research and writing. The fellows reconvene for the Community of Scholars Symposium, an opportunity to share the product of their summer’s work with each other and a broader audience. The fellows have designed the panels for this symposium to showcase the conversations across disciplines and fields about scholarship on women and gender that emerged from the 2013 seminar.

Symposium Schedule:

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Conversations
Moderator: Irina Aristarkhova, Associate Professor of Art & Design, History of Art, and Women’s Studies

Ruth McAdams, English - “Conversation and ‘Conversation’: British Women Writers Look Back on the Regency”

Lauren Reed, Psychology and School of Social Work - “Texting, Tweeting, and Sexting: The Role of Gender in Digital Dating Abuse”

Benjamin Pollak, English - “Under the Sign of the Ghetto: Anzia Yezierska and the ‘Jewish Literary Scene in New York.’”

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Sacred and Liminal Spaces
Moderator: Victor Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and English

Jina Kim, English and Women’s Studies - “The Garden in the Machine: Grace Lee Boggs, the Catherine Ferguson Academy, and Detroit's Urban-Agrarian Future”

John Gutoskey, Art & Design - “I Can See Queerly Now”

Marie Stango, History - “‘The reliance that was to be placed in letters’: Education and Writing in Early Liberia”

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Performing Desire
Moderator: Magdalena Zaborowska, Professor of American Culture and Afroamerican and African Studies

Matthieu Dupas, Romance Languages and Literatures - “Postsexuality, or Love After Sexuality in Virginie Despentes' Rape Me (2002).”

Mejdulene Shomali, American Culture - “Dancing in the Diaspora: Samia Gamal’s Ephemeral Legacy”

Katya Mishuris, History - “A Mind-Reading Girl, Psychophysical Energy, and Altered States at the Fin-de-Siècle Russia”

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Contact Zones: Imperial Circuits of Bodies, Texts, and Ideas
Moderator: Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Associate Professor of American Culture and History

Nicole Greer Golda, History and Women’s Studies - "'We are going to make better men for future generations': Industrial Americanization and the Manly Immigrant Worker in Detroit"

Neveser Koker, Political Science - “‘Women’s Progress within Islam’: Interpretation of Religion and Tradition in Ladies’ Own Gazette”

Amanda Healy, English and Women’s Studies - “‘Making history with our men’: Elizabeth Custer's Military Domesticity”

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