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Feminisms Conference Begins at UCR May 21

The three-day event will explore the social conditions of women around the world.

(May 14, 2009)

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Monica Palacios

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Scholars, activists and artists will discuss feminism from a global perspective at a three-day conference that begins on Thursday, May 21, at the University of California, Riverside. The conference, “Feminisms and Intersectionalities in the 21st Century,” will be held at the University Extension Center, 1200 University Ave.

The conference is free and open to the public. Parking costs $5 per day.

“Women’s issues are very important today, even though some people think we don’t need feminism any more,” said Alicia Arrizón, professor and chair of the UCR Department of Women’s Studies. “This conference will address the diversity of voices and the social conditions of women around the world.”

Two films will be shown on campus before the conference begins. They are:

“Stranger Inside,” Wednesday, May 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Humanities 1500 – This award-winning video by Cheryl Dunye, based on four years of research involving inmates of the Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women in Shakopee, dramatizes the complex relationships of the lives of incarcerated women.

“The Angela Davis Project,” Thursday, May 21, noon to 2 p.m., Interdisciplinary Building 2042 – This documentary by H.L.T. Quan and Crystal Griffith focuses on women of color cultural workers and features conversations between Angela Davis, social justice activist and professor emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, and Yuri Kochiyama, Japanese American community activist and former confidante of Malcolm X.

Conference schedule:

Thursday, May 21

3-6 p.m. – Cheryl Dunye, H.L.T. Quan and Crystal Griffith will discuss their films and participate in a roundtable conversation with UCR faculty.
6-8 p.m. – Reception

Friday, May 22
9-11:30 a.m.: Nawal El-Saadawi, an Egyptian writer, activist and physician, who has written numerous books about women and Islam, including “The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World,” will discuss creativity, dissidence and feminism.
2-4:30 p.m.: Gayatri Gopinath, associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She will explore the interface of archive, affect and the everyday in the works of queer diasporic visual artists Allan deSouza and Chitra Ganesh.
4:30-5 p.m.: Reception
5-6 p.m.: Monica Palacios, performance artist, activist, author, and university lecturer, will perform. She was awarded a National Performance Network Residency to participate in the International Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz Festival in Houston in April 2009, and was named a Latino LGBT Community Leader by Adelante Magazine in 2008.

Saturday, May 23
9-11:30 a.m.: Nadine Naber, assistant professor of American culture and women’s studies at the University of Michigan, will analyze anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism since Sept. 11, 2001. A subsequent discussion with Sondra Hale, professor of anthropology and women’s studies at UCLA, will explore transnational issues of occupation, war and settler colonialism.
1:30-4 p.m.: Keynote speakers Thu-huong Nguyen-vo, associate professor of Southeast Asian and Asian American Studies at UCLA, and Laura Kang, associate professor and chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at UC Irvine, will focus on stories and material practices of rural and working-class women in global production and garment work.

The conference is sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, the Department of Women’s Studies, and the Division of Diversity, Excellence and Equity. Members of the conference organizing committee are: Alicia Arrizón, chair and professor of women’s studies; Tamara Ho, assistant professor of women’s studies; Marguerite Waller, professor of women’s studies and comparative literature; Setsu Shigematsu, assistant professor of media and cultural studies; Jodi Kim, assistant professor of ethnic studies; Mariam Lam, assistant professor of comparative literature; Yolanda Moses, professor of anthropology and vice provost for conflict resolution; Yenna Wu, professor of comparative literature; Georgia Warnke, associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and Laura Lozon, assistant director of the Center for Ideas and Society.

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