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Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations

February 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - February 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations
27th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference
February 9-10, 2017
UCLA Faculty Center




“For the Texas Bama Femme: A Black Fem(me)inist Reading of Beyonce’s ‘Sorry’”

12:00 PM, February 9
California Room

Plenary address by  Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley

Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Respondent: Shana Redmond, UCLA

“Re-writing the World”

10:45 AM, February 10
California Room

Plenary workshop with Nalo Hopkinson

Professor of Creative Writing, UC Riverside

Award-winning author of Brown Girl in the Ring


This year’s conference theme, Imagining Reparations, engages contemporary social, scholarly, and literary movements that push to reimagine and retheorize what freedom, justice, health, and care can look like. Historically, reparations have taken financial form with governments recognizing victims of perceived injustice by awarding them money. Such practices have depended on and have defined the law and dominant ideas of justice within states and empires. By contrast, marginalized groups today are reframing reparations as capable of addressing historical and ongoing abuses, evident in law itself and manifest in biological, environmental, educational, technological, institutionalized, political, and diplomatic violence. The daring to imagine new forms of reparative justice emerges from raced, gendered, and sexualized subjectivities, which inform movements that devastate the binary between theory and practice in their struggle to be whole. A broad and intersectional investment in reparations challenges the assigning of rights and privileges in the past, and it is an important tool in recasting the structures that impact our daily lives.

Thinking Gender 2017, Imagining Reparations, takes a cue from movements that conceive of violence and reparative justice intersectionally with consequences that shape and are shaped by gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, etc. We invite presentations of work from across disciplines that embodies this intersectional ethos and, in particular, envision reparations through the lens of gender and sexuality. Conference sessions will include ample time for discussion of work, emphasizing dialogue discussion, writing as important modes of conference participation, and exploring their potential as feminist, decolonial tools for learning and action. Imagining Reparations aims to create cohesion among a broad range of disciplinary engagements, theoretical stances, and practical applications by providing space for thinking together about the role of the academy in theorizing tools for collective liberation from gendered and racialized violence.

Thank you to our Event Co-Sponsors:

Division of Social Sciences

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Division of Humanities

Critical Race Studies Program

Department of African American Studies

Disability Studies Program

Institute of American Cultures

Latin American Institute Program on Caribbean Studies

Department of English

Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Department of Comparative Literature

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

LGBT Resource Center



February 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am
February 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm


UCLA Center for the Study of Women


UCLA Faculty Center
Los Angeles, CA + Google Map