Thinking Gender Program

Thursday, April 7, 2016

11:30 am to 1 pm: Registration

1 to 1:30 pm: Poster Presentations

Rebecca Nevarez, Anthropology, UCLA, Dance For Me: Drag Kings and Performative Sexuality

Magali Campos, Social Science and Comparative Education, UCLA; Feliz Quiñones, Education, UCLA; Yadira Valencia, Social Science and Comparative Education, UCLA; and Christine Vega, Social Science and Comparative Education, UCLA, Hermanitas: A Critical Race Analysis as Praxis in Everyday Femtorship Amongst Women of Color in Academia

Christian Reyes, Social Science and Comparative Education, UCLA, How Online Sexual Harassment Affects Women Offline

Kelli Kennedy, Political Science and Women’s Studies, California State U Fresno, Educator’s Perceptions of High School Sex Education: It is More Than Just About Compliance

Bo James Hwang, Gender Studies, UCLA, The Construction and Performance of Gender in Binary Restrooms

Tira Okamoto, World Arts and Culture/Dance, UCLA, Ecofeminism Contested: A Case Study on Ecofeminist Manifestations in California 

1:30 to 3 pm: Welcome and Film Screenings

WELCOME by Jessica Cattelino, Associate Director, CSW

David de Rozas, Cinema, San Francisco State University, They Want to Give It a Name

Elizabeth Kopacz, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside, Who Is Park Joo Young?

Tara Pixley, Communication, UC San Diego, Porn Star Quotidian

Amanda Stojanov, Design Media Arts, UCLA, Your Choice

The films and videos will also be available for individual viewing from 3 pm to 7 pm on April 7 and from 8 am to 6 pm on April 8 in the Student Technology Center, located on the 2nd floor of Covel Commons. Computers will be identified by “Center for the Study of Women Research Conference” signs and headphones. For assistance, please visit the Registration Table.

3 to 3:30 pm: POSTER PRESENTATIONS, continued

3:45 to 4:45 pm: Keynote

Aili Mari Tripp, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Unexpected Consequences: Women and Power in Postconflict Africa” is based on Aili Mari Tripp’s recently published book, which looks at a gender-related consequences of the decline of major conflict in 17 countries in Africa over the past 20 years. It explains why postconflict countries in Africa have significantly higher rates of women’s political representation compared with countries that have not undergone major conflict. It also looks at why these countries tend to have been more open to passing legislation and making constitutional changes relating to women’s rights. It shows how and why the postconflict countries have adopted a distinct trajectory compared with non-postconflict countries, recognizing that from the point of view of activists, this trajectory is still too slow and fraught. The talk is based on comparative research across Africa as well as fieldwork in Uganda, Liberia, and Angola.

Aili Mari Tripp is a professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

Copies of Professor Tripp’s new book, Women and Power in Postconflict Africa, will be available for sale.

Friday, April 8, 2016

8 to 8:45 am: Registration

9 to 10:30 am: Panel Session 1


Moderator: Victor Bascara, Asian American Studies

Kenneth Chan, Asian American Studies, UCLA, “Bad Gal”: Negotiations in Hip Hop by a Cambodian Canadian MC

Derek Lu, Asian American Studies, UCLA, Searching for Stephanie: Negotiating Female Subjectivity within Justin Lin’s Masculinist Feature Film Better Luck Tomorrow

Sumiko Braun, Asian American Studies, UCLA, Queer(y)ing “Asian America”: Colonialism and Indigeneity, Trans* Subjectivities, and the Politics of Representation in the Documentary Film Kumu Hina



Moderator: Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Education, UCLA

Chelsie May, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, ‘Girls of the Eastern Communities’:The Intersectionality of Female Arab Jewish Immigrants, Israel-Palestine 1947-1960

Heloise Thomas-Cambonie, Anglophone Studies, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France “I’mma double migrant. Ceded from Koryo, ceded from ‘Merikka”: Border-Crossing Women and the Subversion of Spatial Representation

Elizabeth Clark, Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, Significant Hardship: The Production and Contestation of Ideal Victimhood in U-Visa Adjudication

Sonja Dolinsek, History, Universität Erfurt, “Traffic in Women, Slavery, Sex Work. The Transnational Politics of Sexual Labour in the Era of the World Women’s Conferences (1975-1985)


Moderator: Jessica Cattelino, Anthropology

Chandra Frank, Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Transnational Archival Encounters: Black Feminist Genealogies and the Politics of Memory

Kimberly Welch, Theatre and Performance Studies, UCLA, Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed: Embodying Black Geographies

Amanda Agpar, Gender Studies, UCLA, Not “Fitting In”: How Mothers of Disabled Children use Narrative to Challenge Exclusion

Kiki Ssu-Fang Liu, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine, Stuck in Love: The Epistemology of Sexuality in Taiwanese Queer Travelogues


10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Panel Session 2


Moderator: Edith Omwami, Education

Alexandria Wilson, Political Science, University of Florida, The Anti-Trafficking Movement in Post-communist Europe

Shahrzad Shirvani, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, Public Spaces of ‘Freedom’: The Emergence of Gendered-Exclusive Parks in Tehran

Domale Keys, Education, UCLA, Indigenous Feminism and Ogoni Women’s Activism

Kathleen Bush-Joseph, International and Comparative Law, UCLA, An Accord d’Assistance Mutuelle: Food and Gender Issues in Development and Human Rights



Moderator: Anurima Banerji, World Arts and Culture

Laura Chilson, History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, Transitory Transgressions: The Female Body in the Chartreuse de Champmol Elizabeth Boylan, Sociology, University of California, Davis, Lead, Follow, or Switch: Negotiating Consent in Social Dance

Denise Machin, Critical Dance Studies, University of California Riverside, Taking The Lead: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes Through Ballroom Dance

Kelly Corcoran, Linguistics, University of California, Davis, ‘Mori Girl A to Z’: The Creation of Identity and Community by Alternative Fashion Magazines



Moderator: Michelle Erai, Gender Studies

Christine Bachman-Sanders, American Studies, University of Minnesota, Domesticated Conquest: Bicycles, Bodies and Boundaries

Kyle McMillen, Education, University of California, Riverside “Neutrons? They trigger the atom bomb, don’t they?”: Nationalism and Masculine Spaces within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Trey Highton, Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, Surfing the Third Wave: Women’s Professional Surfing and The Ethics of Instagram\


Workshops, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Intersection of Gender, Justice, and the Environment

featuring Martha Dina Argüello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles
At this workshop, participants will learn techniques to reduce their contact with harmful toxins and about issues of reproductive justice and environmental racism.

Mindfulness…Self Care and Beyond

featuring Giselle Jones, MSW, CMF (trained at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior)
This workshop will explore the applications of mindfulness from stress reduction to increasing sensuality and relational awareness.


2:45 pm – 4:15 pm: Panel Session 3


Moderator: Roanna Cheung, History

Lin Li, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rescuing Leftist Feminism from History: He-Yin Zhen’s Anarcho-Communist Feminist Visions through Tianyi (1907-1908)

Catriona Miller, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Are Women Becoming Like Men: Gender Discourse in World War II Cambodia

Lu Liu, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Socialist Home, Cold War domesticity: Reconfiguration of Interior Space and Housewives in the 1950s China

Royce Novak, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Intimate Colonization: Indigenous People, Political Prisoners, Sexuality, and “Civilization” on a Prison Island in New Order Indonesia, 1969-79



Moderator: Sherry Ortner, Anthropology

Dalila Ozier, Anthropology, UCLA, Sexual Violence in the YouTube Community

Hannah Carlan, Anthropology, UCLA, Gender Violence, Neoliberal Institutions, and Digital Activism in India

Tyanna Slobe, Anthropology, UCLA, Stereotyping the White Girl: Voicing Race, Class, and Gender Anxieties in Online Representations of Contemporary US Girlhood

Matt Rafalow, Sociology, University of California, Irvine, Gendered Barriers to Participation in Gaming Cultures



Moderator: Michelle Rensel, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA

Roe McDermott, Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University, You Can’t Go Home Again: Abortion and Landscapes of Deviancy

Crescent Rainwater, English, UCLA, “I am weary of this sterile rest that is no rest”: George Egerton and the Gender of Writing for “The Yellow Book”

Sarah Mellors, History, University of California, Irvine, From Vinegar and Cotton Balls to Diaphragms and Vasectomies: Sex and Birth Control in Urban China, 1949-1961


4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Panel Session 4


Moderator: Juliet Williams, Gender Studies

Kazi Md Mukitul Islam, Development Studies, University of Malaysia, Gender Stereotypes and Education: Content Analysis of Malaysian, Indonesian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi School Textbooks

Keira Stearns, Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California, Women as Political Subjects? An Analysis of the UN Department of Political Affairs and Perceptions of Women’s Agency

Tomee Sojourner, Law, York University, May I Help You? Disrupting Consumer Spaces at the Intersections: The Impact of Consumer Racial Profiling on Black/African Diasporic Women

Skye Allmang, Social Welfare, UCLA, (En)Gendering Differences: Do Youth Job-Training Programs Challenge or Reinforce Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap?



Moderator: Rachel C. Lee, English

Dana Linda, Comparative Literature, UCLA, Intimate Occupations: Geographies of Prostitution and Empire in “Our Lady of the Night”

Emma Leigh Waldron, Performance Studies, University of California, Davis, Just Female Porn” The Contested Sexuality of YouTube’s ASMRtists

Rebecca DiBennardo, Sociology, UCLA, From Pervert to Predator: Media, Language, and Sexual Deviance in Contemporary Sex Offender Laws

Nicole Viglini, History, San Jose State University, Transients, Loafers, and “High Living Fellow[s]”: The Impact of the “Fancy Maid” Slave Trade on Free Black and Enslaved Communities in Antebellum New Orleans and Natchez



Moderator: Jasmine Trice, Theatre and Film Studies

Sonia Lupher, English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, I Can Still Feel Them: The Horror of Awareness in Honeymoon

Vileana De La Rosa, Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, “If these walls could talk”: Sonic Space, Affect and Black Masculinity in the Music of Kendrick Lamar

Iris Blake, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside, Feeling Like a Q.U.E.E.N. in Late Capitalism

Julian Glover, African American Studies, Northwestern University, “Ain’t I a Woman?”: The Representation of Black Transgender Women in Media