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New  Horizons in Intersectionality: Research, Policy, and Activism

Hosted by UT Intersectionality Community of Scholars (ICOS)
March 23-24, 2016

Complete Schedule

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Free and open to the public

7:00p Screening and Director Talk-Back featuring Rahiem Shabazz
"Elementary Genocide 2"

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Full-day Symposium at the UT College of Law
Free and open to the public. Register here.

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8:00-8:45 Breakfast
8:45-8:50 Welcome and introduction to the symposium
8:50-9:00 Opening remarks, Dean Theresa Lee
Room 132
Elizabeth R. ColeKeynote 1, Dr. Elizabeth Cole
"Building Brave Spaces: Coalitions Across Difference in Social Justice Work"

Elizabeth R. Cole is Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Professor of Psychology, Women's Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research, which is at the intersection of psychology and women's studies, works to understand the social construction of intersecting categories such as gender, race, and social class. She is a leading theorist of intersectionality whose work has influenced research on inequalities across the disciplines. She is the author of the book Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women (with Andrea L. Press) (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and numerous articles, including a 2009 piece on intersectionality in American Psychologist that has been cited over 550 times.
10:15-10:30 Break
Room 12

UT faculty research presentations, Panel 1: "Doing Intersectionality: Activism in (Extra)ordinary Spaces"

  • Loneka Battiste, Music Education - Painting Ethnicity with a Finer Brush: Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Music Classroom
  • Maria Stehle, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures - Intersecting Racism and Sexism: The Confusing Politics of the New Year's Eve Attacks in Cologne, Germany
  • Michelle Brown, Sociology - Penal Abolition as an Intersectionality Project
  • Misty Anderson, English - Get Out: Intersectionality, Undergraduate Pedagogy, and Historical Archives

Moderator: Keri Frantell, Psychology

Room 132

UT faculty research presentations, Panel 2: "Institutions & Statecraft"

  • Victor Ray, Sociology - We're All Brothers Here: Gendered Organizations and Relations in the Military
  • Wendy A. Bach, College of Law - The Hyperregulatory State
  • Valorie Vojdik, College of Law - Sexual Violence Against Men: Intersectionality and Masculinities Theory
  • Michelle Christian, Sociology - Neoliberal Intersectionality: The Production of Ugandan Domestic Workers

Moderator: Marlene Williams, Psychology

11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-12:05 Welcoming remarks, Dean Melanie Wilson
Room 132
Jennifer NashKeynote 2, Dr. Jennifer Nash (lunch provided)
"Notes from a 'Critic,' or Black Feminism Remixed"

Jennifer Nash is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Director of Women's Studies at George Washington University. Her work focuses on black feminism, black sexual politics, race and visual culture, and race and law. She holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies as well as a J.D. from Harvard, and she has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and at Columbia University's Society of Fellows. Her research has also been supported by GW's University Facilitating Fund and Columbian College Facilitating Fund, and by the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Women's Studies and the Woodrow Wilson Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship. Her new book, The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography, and Black Feminism Remixed (Duke University Press, 2014), explores the complex relationship between black feminism and Women's studies with special attention to Women's studies paradoxical treatment of the role of pleasure in black feminism.
1:15-1:30 Break
Room 237

UT faculty research presentations, Panel 3: "Making and Unmaking: Intersectionality and The Social Construction of Inequality"

  • Lucy Jewel, College of Law - The Embodiment of Inequality
  • Michelle Commander, English & Africana Studies - The Production of Homeland Returns: Mis-recognitions and the Unsteady Path Toward the Black Fantastic in Ghana
  • Megan Bryson, Religious Studies - Goddess on the Frontier: Intersections of Gender and Ethnicity in Chinese Religion
  • Mary Campbell, Art History - Malice Aforethought: Louis Agassiz's Slave Daguerreotypes

Moderator: Elise Fles, Psychology

Room 132

UT faculty research presentations, Panel 4: "Resistances: Negotiating Systems of Oppression"

  • Jioni Lewis, Psychology - Applying Intersectionality Theory to the Exploration of Gendered Racial Microaggressions
  • Eboni Winford, Psychology & American Studies - Intersectional Psychology: A Day in the Life of a Feminist Clinical Health Psychologist
  • Chonika Coleman-King, Urban-Multicultural Education - "The Danger of a Single Story": Examining the Role of Race and Immigrant Status in the Educational Experiences of Black Immigrants
  • Karla McKanders, College of Law - Morocco at the Crossroads: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Refugee Status

Moderator: Nikki Chery, Psychology

2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:05 Welcoming remarks, Dr. John Zomchick, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Room 132
Sumi ChoKeynote 3, Professor Sumi Cho
"Intersectional Impunities"

Sumi Cho is Associate Dean and Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. She employs a critical race feminist approach to her work on affirmative action, sexual harassment, legal history, and civil rights. Professor Cho was the principal investigator for a Civil Liberties Public Education Fund grant on the first coordinated legal research on Japanese American interment, redress, and reparations. The AALS Minority Groups section honored her with the first Junior Faculty Award. Professor Cho has served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and University of Iowa law schools. She currently serves on the board of directors for LatCrit, and she was co-editor (with Kimberlé Crenshaw and Leslie McCall) of a 2013 special issue of Signs: The Journal of Women in Culture and Society on intersectionality. Professor Cho holds a JD and a PhD in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

With generous support from the Department of Psychology, Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Office of Research and Engagement, College of Arts & Sciences Haines-Morris Endowment, American Studies Program, Department of English, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Scholars Strategy Network, Women's Studies Program, Department of Sociology, The College of Law, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and the Cinema Studies Program.

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