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Thinking Gender 2021: “Care, Mutual Aid, and Reproductive Labor in a Time of Crisis”

April 28 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm

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Thinking Gender 2021

31st Annual Graduate Student Research Conference

“Care, Mutual Aid, and Reproductive Labor in a Time of Crisis”

April 28-30, 2021

Free, Public Keynote Panel on Friday, April 30, 2021
(Register for Zoom link)

Thinking Gender 2021 will focus on feminist, queer, trans, transnational, Indigenous, and intersectional approaches to care, mutual aid, and reproductive labor.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

For Thinking Gender 2021, graduate student presentations will be held in private workshops on April 28-29. Only the April 30 keynote panel will be open to the public.

Poster illustration by Favianna Rodriguez. Copyright 2020 Favianna.com.


TG21 Poster

Join the UCLA Center for the Study of Women on Friday, April 30, 2021 for a special Thinking Gender 2021 webinar featuring keynote presentations and a conversation with Dean Spade and Melanie Yazzie on the subject of mutual aid, abolitionist politics of care, and radical relationality.

Register online to receive the Zoom link! This webinar will be livestreamed, and a recording will be posted on our YouTube channel. Closed captioning is available.

DATE: Friday, April 30, 2021
TIME: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (RSVP required)

Keynote Panelists:


“Mutual Aid for Survival and Mobilization”

Dean Spade’s talk draws from his recently published book, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During this Crisis (and the Next) (Verso Press 2020), which provides a grassroots theory and practical tools of mutual aid as a key to practicing abolition.

Dean Spade has been working to build queer and trans liberation based in racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He’s the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, the director of the documentary “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!,” and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at BigDoorBrigade.com. His latest book, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next), was published by Verso Press in October 2020.



“Ecologies of Indigenous Caretaking”

Melanie Yazzie’s presentation explores Indigenous mutual-aid approaches to “radical relationality” and care between Indigenous people, land, and water.

Melanie K. Yazzie (Diné) is Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in Navajo/American Indian history, political ecology, Indigenous feminisms, queer Indigenous studies, and theories of policing and the state. She also organizes with The Red Nation, a grassroots Native-run organization committed to the liberation of Indigenous people from colonialism and capitalism.





Catherine Feliz is an interdisciplinary artist and medicine person born and raised in Lenapehoking territory [New York City] to parents from Kiskeya Ayiti [Dominican Republic]. An entanglement with archival research, disarming apparatuses of violence, and earth based healing inform their practice. They work to reclaim ancestral technologies that have been systematically erased by drawing from multiple disciplines to unearth histories and make space for decolonial futures. Catherine is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles department of Interdisciplinary Studio. You might also know Catherine as the medicine-maker behind Botánica Cimarrón, the co-founder of Abuela Taught Me — an Afro-Taino Two-Spirit educational space, and a founding member of Homecoming — a QTBIPOC radical care collective.



Rosie Stockton


Rosie Stockton is a PhD student in the Gender Studies Department, and is the 2021 Thinking Gender Graduate Student Coordinator. Their research draws on abolitionist feminisms, Black feminist thought, and queer and trans critique to look at political and aesthetic practices of anti-carceral resistance. They are a member of the UCLA Black Feminism Initiative, and an organizer with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) and the DROP LWOP campaign. They are also a poet, and their first book, Permanent Volta, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in May 2021.




Cosponsored by

  • American Indian Studies Center
  • American Indian Studies Program
  • Anthropology Department
  • Asian American Studies Center
  • Asian American Studies Department
  • Chicana/o and Central American Studies Department
  • Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law
  • Division of Humanities
  • Gender Studies Department
  • Institute for American Cultures
  • Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
  • Labor Center
  • Office of the Chancellor
  • Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law
  • Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
  • Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law


April 28 @ 8:00 am
April 30 @ 5:00 pm
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April 28 @ 8:00 am
April 30 @ 5:00 pm
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