IRW Conferences

Feminist Fantasies: Future Directions for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

May 12-14, 2011
May 12 and 13, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
May 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
160-162 Ryders Lane, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University


Co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women, and The Douglass Campus Dean, The Office of Undergraduate Education, The Office of the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, Department of American Studies, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Department of Anthropology, Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities.

PROGRAM

THURSDAY MAY 12

 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks, 162 Ryders Lane
Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Director, IRW
Douglas Greenberg, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Panel 1, 162 Ryders Lane

T.V. and New Media

Allan Isaac (Faculty, English and American Studies), NB
“Viral Queens: Miss Philippines and New Media Citizenship”

C. Laura Lovin (Graduate Student, WGS), NB
“Commodified Transnational Subjects: Gender and Class Formations in Anna Krenz’s Web-Art Project, The Polish Wife”

Samantha Bobila (Graduate Student, WGS), NB
“The Rise and Reign of Lady Gaga: Can Celebrity Agency Stimulate Social Change?”

Moderator: Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui (American Studies and Comparative Literature), NB

Panel 2, 160 Ryders Lane

 

Rewriting Feminist Histories

Agatha Beins (Graduate Student, WGS), NB
“Do Revolutionary Images Produce a Revolutionary Identity?”

Nancy Hewitt (Faculty, History and WGS), NB
“Feminist Frequencies: Regenerating the Wave Metaphor”

Camilla Townsend (Faculty, History), NB
“Hernando Cortés, Quetzalcoatl, and the West’s Pornographic Imagination”

Moderator: Leslie Fishbein (WGS and American Studies), NB

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Panel 3, 162 Ryders Lane

Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages

April Graham (Graduate Student, English), NB
“Gendered Subjectivities in The Canterbury Tales”

Stacy Klein (Faculty, English), NB
“The Militancy of Gender and the Making of Sexual Difference in Anglo-Saxon Literature, c. 700-1100 AD”

Larry Scanlon (Faculty, English), NB
“Homoeroticism in the Later Middle Ages: Nature, Norm, Narrative”

Moderator: Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (IRW, LHCS and Comparative Literature), NB

Panel 4, 160 Ryders Lane

Politics and Policy

Jocelyn Elise Crowley (Faculty, Bloustein School), NB
“Flexible Work Arrangements and Mother’s Perceptions of Career Harm”

Christina Doonan (Graduate Student, Political Science), NB
“Advancing Feminist Objectives: Can a Case be Made for Feminist Alliances with the Right?”

Amanda Roberti (Graduate Student, Political Science), NWK
“The Woman-State Conflict: A Deconstruction of Fetal Rights Discourse and its Damaging Effect on Women’s Reproductive Rights”

Moderator: Sarah Tobias (IRW), NB

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Panel 5, 162 Ryders Lane

Feminisms of Color in Colonial Modernities

Yomaira Figueroa (Graduate Student, Ethnic Studies), UC Berkeley
“A Decolonial Approach to the Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

Renée Larrier (Faculty, French), NB
“‘Ce Choeur de Femmes:’ Inscribing Subjectivity and Agency in Francophone Caribbean Women’s Novels”

Michelle Stephens (Faculty, English and LHCS), NB
“Rebuilding Worlds of Color: Transnational Feminism, the Humanities and Women in Colonial Modernity”

Moderator: Nelson Maldonado-Torres (LHCS and Comparative Literature), NB

Panel 6, 160 Ryders Lane

Gender Roles, Inequality, and Family Ties

Claudia Brazzale (AAUW Fellow, IRW), NB

“Postmodernity and the Effacement of Gender in the Italian Nordest”

Eunsung Lee (Graduate Student, WGS), NB
“Between Korean Men: Homo-social/national Male-Bonding and Transnational Match-making Sites in Vietnam”

Jennifer Martinez (Graduate Student, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers School of Social Work), NB
“Gender Roles and Feminism”

Moderator: Yvette Taylor (Sociology, Newcastle; Fulbright Fellow, WGS), NB

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Keynote, 162 Ryders Lane

CHERYL CLARKE, DEAN OF STUDENTS FOR LIVINGSTON CAMPUS, RUTGERS-NEW BRUNSWICK
“Who Needs the Master’s Tools, Anyway: Black Queer Feminists Reworking the Passion of Blackness”

Introduction: Sarah Tobias, Associate Director, IRW

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Special Presentation: Screening of IWL Undergraduate Film Projects: “Transforming Lives,” 162 Ryders Lane

Moderator: Sasha Taner (Associate Director, Leadership Programs and Research, Institute for Women's Leadership), NB

Alexandra M. Pacia (Undergraduate, Spanish and Portuguese and WGS, IWL Scholar), NB

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Dinner

FRIDAY, MAY 13

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Panel 7, 162 Ryders Lane

Violence and Displacement

Amanda Mathisen Stylianou and Sheila McMahon (Graduate Students, Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University School of Social Work), NB
“Training Social Workers in Violence against Women”

Dr. Kathryn Greene and Kate Magsamen-Conrad (Faculty, Communication), NB
“Increasing Efficacy regarding HIV Disclosure Decision-Making: Nuanced Approaches Considering Gender and Sexual Orientation”

Joanna Regulska (Faculty, International Programs and WGS), NB
“Contesting Gender Identities and Practices: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Search of Self”

Moderator: Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (IRW, LHCS and Comparative Literature), NB

Panel 8, 160 Ryders Lane

Gender Nonconformities and Space

Allison Miller (Graduate Student, History), NB
“Boyhood for Girls: Gender, Affinity, and Eroticism among American Tomboys, 1900-1940”

Anahi Russo Garrido (Graduate Student, WGS), NB
“The Intimate Scandals of the Nation: Same-Sex Sexuality and Multicultural Nationalism in Mexico”

Alix Genter (Graduate Student, History), NB
“Part of Something Forbidden: The Lesbian Bar Scene in Greenwich Village, 1945-1965”

Moderator: C. Laura Lovin (WGS), NB

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Panel 9, 162 Ryders Lane

Literary Twists

Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui (Faculty, American Studies and Comparative Literature), NB
“Lispector and the Abject”

Ann Fabian (Faculty, History and American Studies), NB
“Longing for Fictions”

Emily Van Buskirk (Faculty, Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures), NB
“Writing Same-Sex Love in Early Soviet Russia”

Moderator: Karen Alexander (Senior Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and WGS), NB

Panel 10, 160 Ryders Lane

Historicizing the Non-Normative through Sexuality

Anita Kurimay (Graduate Student, History), NB
"Sex in the ‘Pearl of the Danube’: The History of Queer Life, Love, and its Regulation in Budapest, 1873-1939”

Valeria Garrote (Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese), NB
“Queering Spaces: Multiperformative Spaces and Identities in the Democratic Transitions in Spain and Argentina”

Stephanie Clare (Graduate Student, WGS), NB 
“Is the Rectum a Mirror?: Palindromes of Queer Time in John Greyson’s Fig Trees”

Moderator: Claudia Brazzale (AAUW Fellow, IRW), NB

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch

 2:00 pm.-3:30 p.m.

 Panel 11, 162 Ryders Lane

 Gender and Activism in the Age of Documentary Film

 Montague Kern (Faculty, SCI), NB
“Women’s Leadership in the Documentary World, and the Emerging Global Media Audience”

Yuan Yuan (Graduate Student, SCI), NB
“The Rise of Soft Power-Women Made Documentary Films in China”

Fakhri Haghani (Faculty, Center for Middle Eastern Studies), NB
“Iranian Women Filmmakers: A New Mode of Looking at/for Activism”

Moderator: Jane Sloan (Media and Cinema Studies Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries), NB

Panel 12, 160 Ryders Lane

Genealogies: Feminism, Queer and Sexuality Studies

Alex Warner (Graduate Student, History and Learning Community Coordinator, IRW), NB
“The Sex Wars Turn 30: A Historical Overview of the Aftermath of Barnard”

Rick H. Lee (Faculty, English), NB
“Bechdel’s Books: Filial Fantasy and Historical Consciousness in Fun Home”

Julian Gill-Peterson (Graduate Student, American Studies), NWK
“Queer Kid Fantasies as Utopia: Feeling Sissy on T.V.”

Moderator: Carlos Decena (WGS and LHCS), NB

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Keynote, 162 Ryders Lane

HEATHER LOVE, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
“Queer + 1: Feminism, Sexuality Studies, and the Politics of the Outside”

Introduction: Alex Warner (Department of History and Learning Community Coordinator, IRW), NB

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Special Presentation: Undergraduate Research Presentations 162 Ryders Lane
Moderator: Alex Warner (Department of History and Learning Community Coordinator, IRW), NB

“The Transnational Policing of Gender and Sexuality”
Janina Pescinski (Undergraduate, Cultural Anthropology), NB
Mario Lee (Undergraduate, East Asian Studies), NB
Candace Irabli (Undergraduate, Psychology and Public Health, WGS), NB

“Conceptions of Being: Challenging Shames and Taking Ownership of Individual
Health and Well-being”
Rachel Bogan (Undergraduate, WGS), NB
Candace Irabli (Undergraduate, Psychology and Public Health, WGS), NB
Gina Nobile (Undergraduate, WGS and English), NB

“Representations of Voicelessness”
Maryann Murtagh (Undergraduate, Philosophy and English), NB
Renee Hooker (Undergraduate, English), NB
Patricia Correa (Undergraduate, Spanish and Portuguese), NB
Mimi Zander (Undergraduate, English), NB
Lesley Pairol (Undergraduate, Political Science, History and WGS), NB

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Dinner

SATURDAY MAY 14

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Breakfast

 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

 Panel 13, 162 Ryders Lane

 Migrant Labor, Dehumanization and Gender

 Robyn Magalit Rodriguez (Faculty, Sociology), NB and Valerie Francisco (Graduate Student, Sociology), CUNY
“Countergeographies of Migrant Transnational Feminism”

Lincoln Addison (Graduate Student, Anthropology), NB
“The Babies Are Dying: Gender, Infanticide and Power on a South African Border Farm”

 Kris Mescher (Graduate Student, Social Psychology), NB
“Of Animals and Objects: Men’s Implicit Dehumanization of Women and the Likelihood of Sexual Aggression”

Moderator: Kayo Denda (Head, Margery Somers Foster Center and Women’s Studies Librarian Rutgers University Libraries), NB

Panel 14, 160 Ryders Lane

Urban Corporalities

Carlos Decena (Faculty, WGS and LHCS), NB
“Code Swishing”

Elena Valdez (Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese), NB
“Queer Urban Fantasies in Chochueca’s Strategy”

Monica Barra (Graduate Student, American Studies), NWK
“Rhythms of the Body in the City”

Moderator: Yomaira Figueroa (Ethnic Studies), UC Berkeley

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Panel 15, 162 Ryders Lane

Complicating Latin American Notions of the Feminine

Mia Romano (Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese), NB
“Performative Limits of the Feminine: Ana Clavel’s Cuerpo náufrago”

Claudia Arteaga (Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese), NB
“An Andean Epistemological Proposition: Testimony of a Rural Quechua Woman”

Margarita Huayhua (Fellow, Anthropology and CLAS), NB
“Hierarchical Relations Among Women in the Southern Andes”

Moderator: Susan Martin-Márquez (Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies), NB

Panel 16, 160 Ryders Lane

Queer Futures

Arlene Stein (Faculty, Sociology), NB
“What’s the Matter with Newark? Race, Class, Place, and the Limits of Queer Liberalism”

Yvette Taylor (Faculty, Sociology, Newcastle; Fulbright Fellow, WGS), NB
“Feminism, Family, Futurity: Gay Parents, Games, Lessons and Gambling with the Future”

Erin English (Graduate Student, American Studies), NWK
“Against Wishful Thinking: Queer Futurity, Digital Archives and the ‘Epidemic’ of Suicide”

Moderator: Zakia Salime (Sociology and WGS), NB

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch and Closure

Organizers:

YOLANDA MARTÍNEZ-SAN MIGUEL, Director, Institute for Research on Women and Professor I, Latino Studies and Comparative Literature

SARAH TOBIAS, Associate Director, Institute for Research on Women

MARLENE IMPORTICO, Office Manager, Institute for Research on Women

ALEX WARNER, Undergraduate Learning Community Coordinator, Institute for Research on Women

We would like to thank Mary Trigg and Sasha Taner for their assistance organizing the screening of the IWL Undergraduate Film Projects: “Transforming Lives.” We would also like to thank A.J. Barks for her excellent work during the planning and organization of this conference.

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