Thursday, February 21, 2019

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Seminar

For selected UCLA graduate and undergraduate senior students, featuring Beth Richie

Friday, February 22, 2019

All Day

Abolitionist Feminism: Art and Archive

Digital Exhibit

Room: Optimist B

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


Main (for presenters and guests): In front of Optimist
Secondary (for guests): In front of Illumination

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Session I

Panel 1: Carceral Outlaw: Black Feminist Critiques of Punishment

MODERATOR: Aisha Finch, African American Studies and History, UCLA
Room: Illumination

Romina Garcia, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Alternative Perspectives: The Black Female Body and an (In)accessible Precarious Life

Nikia Robert, Religion, Ethics, and Society, Claremont School of Theology
Breaking the Law When the Law Breaks Us: A Womanist Ethic of Decriminalization in an Age of Deviance and Delinquency

Antwann Michael Simpkins, Sociology, UCLA
Insurgent Epistemologies: Black Women and the Public Carceral Sphere as Critical Social Theory

Cinnamon Williams, African-American Studies, Northwestern University
‘The Last Place They Thought Of’: Confinement, Concealment, and Captive Black Maternity

Roundtable 1: Carceral Geographies: Institutional Life and Dissent

MODERATOR: Damien Sojoyner, Anthropology, UC Irvine
Room: Optimist A

Molly Bloom, Anthropology, UCLA
Institution of Confinement: From Poor House to Rehabilitation Center at The Los Angeles County Poor Farm

Elsa Hardy, African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Mothercraft: Mothers and Children at the Framingham Reformatory for Women, 1932-1957

Jess Issacharoff, Literature, Duke University
A Women’s Prison in Three Acts: Rikers Island and its Antecedents

Micah Khater, African American Studies and History, Yale University
‘Unable to Find Any Trace of Her’: Black Women, Genealogies of Escape, and Alabama Prisons

Boke Saisi, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
Barred by the Maddening State: Incarceration as gendered anti-Blackness, Indigenous dispossession, and Madness in the US and Canada

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM


Panel 2: Carceral (Un)Gendering: Queering the Carceral State

MODERATOR: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, African American Studies, UC Irvine
Room: Illumination

Savannah J. Kilner, Gender Studies, UCLA
“Sometimes ‘the Man’ is a Woman”:  Black Lesbian Challenges to Carceral Geographies of Queerness

Kerby Lynch, Geography, UC Berkeley
In the (After) Life: Black Lesbian Spatialities under the Emergence of Homonationalism

Amanda J. G. Napior, Religion, Boston University
Deliverance in Three Acts

Ray Noll, Political Science and Anthropology, University of Chicago
“Women Don’t Stick Together”: Belonging as Resistance in the Shadow at CCJ

Roundtable 2: Settler Carcerality: Occupation, Surveillance, and State-making

MODERATOR: E. Tendayi Achiume, School of Law, UCLA
Room: Optimist A

Joana Chavez, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
(Re)incarceration through homes: Testimonios from Latina Rebels

Hartlyn Haynes, Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
Bodies ‘Out of Place’: The Surveillant Optics of White Supremacy and Heteronormativity of

June Kuoch, Asian American Studies, UCLA
Southeast Asian Abolitionist Approaches: A ‘Tool-Kit’ towards Crimmigration, the ‘American War’, and the Carceral State

Stephanie Lumsden, Gender Studies, UCLA
This Law Works Beautifully”: California Indians and Settler Carceral Regimes

Kayla Marie Martensen, Criminology Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
Stuck in a ‘Web of Detainment’: The Carceral Control of Latinx Girls

Kimberly M. Soriano, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Spatial Disruptions: The Politics of Gentrification and Gang Injunctions in Echo Park

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch (by invitation)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Room: Optimist B

Adrianna Bolden-Brown, Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Pansexual Perceptivity

Bridget Cervelli, Sociology, CSU Long Beach
Formerly Incarcerated Women and Identity Repair

Allison Ivey, Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education, University of Oregon
Education’s Prisoners: The Disparate Impact of School Discipline Practices on Black Girls

Melina Singh, Social Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
Reproducing Carceral Logic: An Analysis of Newspaper Portrayals of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act 

Samar S. Saif, Gender Studies and Sociology, UCLA
Why Black and Brown Birds Can’t Fly: The Impacts of the Trauma to Prison Pipeline on Queer and Transgender People of Color 

Erin Tichenor, Sociology, Boston University
(De)criminalization: Agency, Social Control, and Intersectionality in Auckland’s Sex Industry

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Panel 3: Carceral and Anticarceral Culture: Representation and State Control

MODERATOR: Dylan Rodríguez, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Room: Illumination

Brie McLemore, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley
The Policing of Aggrieved Black Mothers

Joshua Mitchell, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC
Gender Segregation, Racial Violence, and the Carceral Television 

Michael Reyes Salas, Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin
Institutionally Complicit: Challenging Leadership Orthodoxies in Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs 

AK Wright, Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Ashley’s Seeds: The Ginification of Black Trans Embodiment and Digital Countermythologies

Roundtable 3: Carceral Lives and Afterlives: Historiographies of Abolition and Captivity

Moderator: Sarah Haley, Gender Studies and African American Studies, UCLA
Room: Optimist A

Jaimie D. Crumley, Gender Studies, UCLA
Called to Be Free: Nineteenth-Century Black Christian Feminist Abolitionist Demands in Antebellum Boston

Britany Gatewood, Sociology and Criminology, Howard University
The Black Woman’s Resistance Behind Bars

Gabriella Johnson, English and American Literature, New York University
Prison Abolitionist Imaginings through Claire of the Sea Light

Dominique Rocker, African American Studies, UCLA
Radical Knowledge From Our Foremothers: An Analysis of the Gendered and Racialized Experiences of Three Leading Black Women of the Black Power Era and Their Survival of Government Repression

Margarita Rosario, Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Incarcerated and Enslaved: Enslaved Women, the Police, and the Press in Late-Nineteenth Century Brazil

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM


3:45 PM – 5:30 PM


Sponsored by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)

MODERATOR: Grace Hong, Professor of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies, UCLA; Organizer, CCWP
Room: Centennial Ballroom A & B

Alisa Bierria, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside; Co-founder, Survived & Punished

Colby Lenz, Davis-Putter Scholar and PhD Candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity, USC; Co-founder, Survived & Punished; Organizer, CCWP

Romarilyn Ralston, Program Coordinator, Project Rebound, CSU Fullerton; Organizer, CCWP

Beth Richie, Department Head of Criminology, Law and Justice and Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Room: Centennial Ballroom and Hallway


  • Backed by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • UCLA Luskin Endowment for Thought Leadership
  • UCLA Interdisciplinary & Cross Campus Affairs (ICCA)
  • UCLA Graduate Division
  • UCLA Division of Humanities
  • Political Theology Network
  • UCLA Department of African American Studies
  • UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • UCLA Black Male Institute
  • Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin
  • UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
  • UCLA Department of Philosophy
  • UCLA Department of Social Welfare
  • UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
  • UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • UCLA Department of Asian American Studies
  • UCLA Department of Sociology
  • UCLA Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
  • UCLA Department of History
  • UCLA Department of Public Policy
  • The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
  • UCLA Department of Anthropology
  • UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center
  • UCLA Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health
  • Criminal Justice Program at UCLA School of Law
  • UCLA Division of Social Sciences