Thinking Gender 2020 Detailed Schedule

Thursday, March 5, 2020

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


By invitation only for faculty, staff, and students

Friday, March 6, 2020

All Day

EXHIBIT: Survived & Punished Exhibit

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


ROOM: Palisades Lobby

Registration will be open throughout the conference, but we encourage attendees to register during this time to make the most of the conference. Please check in at the Registration Table prior to attending conference sessions.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Panel I: Extractive Economies and Sexual Violence

MODERATOR: Leisy Abrego, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA

Guadalupe Arellanes Castro, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Existing and Dying at the Intersections and Margins: An Ethno-Racial Analysis of Feminicide in Ciudad Juárez and Beyond

Laura Liévano-Karim, Social Welfare, UCLA
On Street Survival, Autonomous Bodies and Structures of Oppression: The Messiness of Naming and Framing Violence Against Street-Connected Girls in Uganda

Magally Miranda, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
“Illegal Aliens” / Latina Feminists: Structural Vulnerability and the Battle Against Workplace Sexual Violence at Koch Poultry in Mississippi

Megan Spencer, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Beyond Metaphor: Extractive Projects as Sexual Violence

Roundtable I: The Violence of Method: Ethnographic Approaches to Sexual Violence

MODERATOR: Lieba Faier, Geography and Gender Studies, UCLA

Thalia Gomez-Quintana, Gender Studies, UCLA
Infrastructural Gender Based Violence and Yaqui Refusal

Nadeeka Karunaratne, Education, UCLA
Creating Healing Spaces: A Study of Women of Color Trauma-Healing Yoga Instructors

Rosario Majano, Community Health Sciences, UCLA
An Investigation of Sexual Harassment in Unionized Cannabis Dispensaries

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM


Panel II: Intersections and Institutions: Policies, Programs, and Their Limits

MODERATOR: Jennifer Wagman, Community Health Sciences, UCLA

Alana Dionne Fields, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
“Locker Room Talk”: An Evaluation of a Violence Prevention Program Attempting to Challenge Gender Norms

Nadeeka Karunaratne, Education, UCLA, Elaine Chan, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, and Ally Power, Epidemiology, UCLA
Student, Staff, and Faculty Perspectives of Compelled Disclosure Policies in Higher Education

Soukayna Mniaï, American Studies, Université Paris Nanterre
Should Sexual Violence Prevention Programs on College Campuses Stop Using the Concept of Consent?

Panel III: Legacies of Empire and Settler Colonialism

MODERATOR: Yogita Goyal, African American Studies and English, UCLA

Anisha Ahuja, Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University
19th Century Courtesans and Empire: Governmentality and Cultural Transformation as Sexual Violence

Clementine Bordeaux, World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA
A Silent Pow Wow for MMIW: Indigenous Performance as a Way to Map Resistance

Kaity Matrassi, French and Romance Philosophy, Columbia University
Arab-Muslim Women’s Responses to Sexualized and Racialized Violence in France

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM


(for presenters and invited guests only)

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM


Clarissa Campos, Sociology, CSU Northridge
Becoming an Activist: Carceral Trauma and Identity Transformation in Prison Reform

Juan J. Esparza, Women’s Studies, CSU Fresno
Bodies of Silence as Bodies of Evidence: Unpacking Intersectional Failure in South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Shawna Irissarri, Women’s Studies, CSU Fresno
Lesbian Women, Heterosexual Men and Gender Subversion: How Gender Expression Influences the Treatment of Lesbian Women

Morgan Koziol, Ronald E. McNair Scholars, Baylor University
Intersectionality of Sexual Harassment Perceptions

Megan Merati, Gender Studies, UCLA
Pelvic Trauma and Holistic Healing: Effects on Body, Mind, and Spirit

Atreyi Mitra, Institute of Society and Genetics, UCLA and Aaliyah Sade, World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA
Evaluating the Knowledge of Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Education and Resources at UCLA

Shannon Moore, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Binghamton University
Carceral Care: Institutional Treatment of Injury in Relationship Violence

Joelle Rosenberg, Sociology, UCLA
“¡Asesinas, terroristas, putas!”: Genocide, Gender, and Sexual Violence under the Argentinian Dictatorship of 1976-1983

Meelissa Tapia-Cortez, Gender Studies and History, UCLA
Constructing Criminality: Interactions between Undocumented (Im)migrant Women of Color, Patriarchal Violence, and the State

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM


Panel IV: Conceptualizing Sexual Violence and the Politics of Knowledge

MODERATOR: Lee Ann Wang, Asian American Studies and Social Welfare, UCLA

Abigail Jean Beck, History, Claremont Graduate University
The Form of a Woman: Memorializing Wartime Rape in the European and Pacific Theaters of WWII

Catherine Brist, English and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
Personal Stories, Structural Problems: Toward an Ethical Narrative of Sexual Violence

James L. Austin, Visual Studies, UC Irvine
Epistemology of “The Moment of Truth”

Meghan Warner, Sociology, Stanford University
Becoming a Survivor? Identity Creation Post-Violence

Roundtable II: Carcerality and Abolition: Security, Struggle, and Strategies for Safety

MODERATOR: Alisa Bierria, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside

Melanie Brazzell, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
From Carceral Feminist Security to Abolitionist Safety: Transformative Justice for Survivors of Gender-based Violence

Marina de Oliveira Reis, Law, UCLA
Maria da Penha Law, Black Feminism and Abolitionism: the Brazilian experience

Ayanna De’Vante Spencer, Philosophy, Michigan State University
Tracking Carceral Epistemology through the Criminalization of Black Girl Survivors

Joss Greene, Sociology, Columbia University
Struggling for Safety: Survival Strategies of Incarcerated Trans Women

Rosie Stockton, Gender Studies, UCLA
“A Living Death Penalty”: Necropolitics, Social Reproduction, and Abolitionist Tactics of DROP LWOP

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


3:15 PM – 5:30 PM


Opening: Toypurina: Bloodlines of Resistance

Weshoyot Alvitre, Artist, Tongva, Los Angeles Basin

Panel: Transformational Justice: Refusing Criminalization and Sexual Violence

MODERATOR: Sarah Haley, Gender Studies and African American Studies, UCLA

Mariame Kaba, Project NIA; Barnard Center for Research on Women

Mimi Kim, Social Work, CSU Long Beach

Emily Thuma, American Politics and Public Law, University of Washington Tacoma

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM



Photography, audio, and video recording may occur at this event. By entering the event premises, you consent to interviews, photography, audio recording, video recording, and their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, or any other purpose by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.


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  • African American Studies Department
  • African Studies Center
  • American Indian Studies Center
  • American Indian Studies Program
  • Anthropology Department
  • Asian American Studies Department
  • Asian American Studies Center
  • Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health
  • Black Male Institute and Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families
  • Bruin Consent Coalition
  • Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE)
  • Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity
  • Center for Health Policy Research
  • Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, & Health
  • Center X
  • Chicana/o Studies Department
  • Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Community Health Sciences Department
  • Comparative Literature Department
  • Criminal Justice Program, UCLA School of Law
  • Disabilities Studies Program
  • Education Department
  • English Department
  • Fielding School of Public Health
  • Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History
  • Gender Studies Department
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  • Institute of American Cultures
  • Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Institute on Inequality and Democracy
  • International Development and Policy Outreach
  • International Institute
  • Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center
  • Labor Center
  • Latin American Institute
  • Latino Policy and Politics Initiative
  • Office of Residential Life
  • Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies
  • Promise Institute for Human Rights
  • Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
  • Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
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  • School of Nursing
  • School of Theater, Film, and Television
  • Social Sciences Division
  • Social Welfare Department
  • Sociology Department
  • UC Speaks Up
  • UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment
  • Veterans Legal Clinic
  • Urban Planning Department
  • World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department

The Center for the Study of Women at UCLA acknowledges the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the taraaxatom (indigenous peoples) in this place. As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders), and ‘eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.