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Thinking Gender 2015




25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference


April 23, 11:30 am to 6 pm

April 24, 8 am to 6 pm

PLACE: Grand Horizon Ballroom, Covel Commons, UCLA

Attendance at conference panels and the keynote address is free, but there is a registration fee of $35 for access to the conference workshops, networking lunch, and keynote cocktail reception. You'll also get a Thinking Gender tote bag and CSW coffee mug. Select PRIME when you visit the registration website.



COSPONSORS:  Vice Provost & Dean Robin Garrell of Graduate Division, UCLA Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, History of Women, Men, and Sexuality Emphasis (HWMS), UC Irvine Center for the Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, and Marcus Kowal and System Training Center, Hotel Angeleno, and Comfort Inn Santa Monica


Body Modifications: Violence, Labor, and the Subject of Feminism, Rebecca M. Herzig

Rebecca M. Herzig is the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Chair of the Program in Women and Gender Studies at Bates College.  Her teaching, research, and activist work all seek to engage broad audiences in reflection on the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.  Recent publications include a special issue of the Lancet on “Medicalisation in the 21st century,” co-edited with Jonathan Metzl, and The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics, co-edited with Evelynn Hammonds.  Her latest book, Plucked, is now available from NYU Press.  She has served on the executive councils of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, the Society for the History of Technology, and the International Committee for the History of Technology, among other professional and community boards.  

From 3 to 4:15 pm, copies of Plucked will be available for purchase. Price is $29.95 plus sales tax.

COSPONSOR of keynote: UCLA Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine


Fight Like a Woman

COSPONSOR: Marcus Kowal and Systems Training Center,

Krav Maga is the official self defense training for the Israeli Defense Forces. It is today also the official self-defense system for U.S. law enforcement. It is popular is because it is based on instinctive movements and techniques that are functional, regardless of size and gender. The workshop will discuss the practicality and thinking behind Krav Maga and the mental game when in a situation where self defense is necessary. Participants will receive one free week of training at Systems Training Center (

INSTRUCTOR: Marcus Kowal is a former Ranger (Special Forces) with the Swedish Military; pro kickboxer and MMA fighter; Golden Gloves Finalist Boxer; and 2nd degree Krav Maga Black Belt. 

Acupressure: Massaging Your Way to Optimal Health

Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  It involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body. It is sometimes thought of as acupuncture without the needles. Acupressure points lie along meridians or energy channels within one's body.  These points are stimulated in an effort to help restore balance in one's body. During this workshop, Dr. Yu will be showing participants how to stimulate their own acupressure points to alleviate such symptoms as pain, headache, nausea, menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, and insomnia.

INSTRUCTOR: Felicia Yu, M.D., is currently an East-West Primary Care Fellow at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. Her professional interests include preventive medicine, women’s health, improving the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors, the mind-body connection, and educating patients on the different approaches to healing.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

11:30-1:45 Registration, Salon A

2:30-3:15         Welcome

Keynote: Body Modifications: Violence, Labor, and the Subject of Feminism, Rebecca Herzig, Salon A

3:30-4:15         Poster presentations; Poster judging (12pm-4:15 Tabling, Salon A)

4:30-6:00         Reception and Awards, Covel Terrace

Friday, April 24, 2015

8:00-8:45 Registration, Salon A

9:00-10:30 Session 1

Panel 1: Contesting Anthropocentrism: Thinking Gender, Race, Sex and Species with Human and Animal Bodies

Moderator: Alice Wexler, CSW Research Scholar

Chloe Diamond-Lenow, The Female Soldier and Her Dog at the Homefront: (Un)Doing Heteronormativity

Meredith Clark, Imprinting Construction: Explorations in Spaying & Neutering

Chelsea Jones, Harmless Competition or a Trope of Animality?: (Re)Drawing the Boundary Competitive Expression and Racialized Animality in Sport

Panel 2: Sexuality in Asian Media

Moderator: Andrea Goldman, History

Jing (Jamie) Zhao, Reconfiguring a Perfect Butch Idol from a Homoeroticized West in Online Chinese Queer Gossip

Min Joo Lee, Everybody’s Right to Their Own Fantasy: Korean Television Dramas and Their Fan-Made Videos

Eliz Wong, Weapons of the Weak: Female Activists in Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

Panel 3: Claiming Public Visibility and Power

Moderator: Kathryn Norberg, History

Julie Matos, Women’s Rights in Public Address: A Rhetorical Analysis of Hillary Clinton and Emma Watson’s Speeches at the United Nations

FNU Elizani, Mélange of Voices: Female Candidates of 2014 Election in Aceh

Weiling Deng, Contemporary Chinese Women Intellectuals: Recipient and Source of Empowerment

Erica Baker, Creating and Contemplating (In)visibilities: The Challenge of ‘Coming Out’ as Cosmetically Altered

10:30 to 10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2

Panel 4: Feminist Inquiry and Practices

Moderator: Michelle Erai, Gender Studies

Amber Muller, Navigating Subject and Object Positions in the Sexual Economy of Neo-Burlesque

Delphine Merx, The Butlerian <<Parody>>, a Way to Political Liberation of the Bodies?

Irene Han, Plato’s Mirrors: Magnesia and the Beautiful City

Jake Pyne, “Wikipedia is Not a Battleground”: Yes it is. No it isn’t. Yes it is: The Case of Gender Identity Disorder in Children

Panel 5: Contesting Marginality

Moderator: Elizabeth Marchant, Gender Studies

Delio Vasquez, The Limits of Political Thought: Tactics, Consumption, and Resistance in the Welfare Rights Movement

Lauren Casey, Project HOME Los Angeles: Gender-responsive Training by, and for, Women with Incarcerated Partners Living in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row

Leena Akhtar, Counseling Blind: Feminism and the Creation of New Intervention Models at Rape Crisis Centers

Panel 6: Locating Agency in Politics of the Body

Moderator: Tzili Mor, School of Law

Adam Ali, “We” are All Terrorists: Scripting Affects in Airport Spaces

Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi, Body Trouble: Female Embodiment and the Subversion of Iran’s Gender Norms in Mania Akbari’s Cinema

Gulin Cetin, Making Docile ‘Female’ Bodies: Biopower and Virginity Examinations in Turkey

12:20-1:20 Network Lunch, Covel Terrace

1:30-2:30 WORKSHOP: “Fight like a Woman”, Marcus Kowal, Salon A

WORKSHOP: “Acupressure: Massaging your Way to Optimal Health”, Felicia Yu, West Coast Room

2:45-4:15 Session 3

Panel 7: Gamers ‘n’ Geeks: Gendered roles and Professionalism in the Gaming and High-Tech Industries

Moderator: Allison Carruth, English

Koji Chavez, Gendered Pathways to Hire

John Vanderhoef, Everyday Developers: Challenging Professionalism and Masculinity in the Gaming Industry

Ryan James Hughes, Women in Revolt: from the French Revolution to #GamerGate

Panel 8: Across Boundaries: Queer Body and Sexuality in Performance

Moderator: Sue-Ellen Case, Theater

Kristine Palma, The Taboo Issue: Black Queerness, Privacy, and Collective Memory in Sports

Alixandria Lopez, ‘I’m Becoming a Dude’: Sarah Silverman and the (Mis)Appropriation of the Male Body

Donnie Lopez, Queering Dracula’s Red Lips

Po-Yao Huang, How to Have a Theory of Queer Blood

Panel 9: Oppositional Consciousness: Gendered militarism and social protests

Anat Schwartz, Hegemonic Masculinity and Motherhood in South Korea: The Sewol Incident as a “Women Issue”

Eliz Wong, Weapons of the Weak: Female Activists in Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

Selina Makana, Women and Militarized Armed Struggle in Southern Africa

Sevi Bayraktar, Women in Contemporary Social Movements

4:15-4:30 Break

4:30-6:00 Session 4

Panel 10: Medicine in Context: Biomedical Body and Knowledge Production

Moderator: Soraya de Chadarevian, History, Institute for Study of Society and Genetics

Christine Pich, The Politics of Ignorance: Occupational Health, Material Bodies, and Breast Cancer

Eva Gillis-Buck, Redefining ‘Virgin Birth’ After Kaguya: Mammalian Parthenogenesis in Experimental Biology, 2004-2014

Sandra Harvey, The HeLa Bomb and the Science of Unveiling and Surveillance

Wanda Henry, Gender and the Dead in St. Giles Cripplegate

Panel 11: Challenging Stereotypes of Body in the Arts

Moderator: Michelle Liu Carriger, Theater

Lisa Delance, From the Rags to Riches: The Class, Status, and Power of Clothing among Ancient Maya Women

Charlotte Lucke, An Examination and Disruption of Native American Stereotypes

Melanie Jones, The Right to a Mad Mind: A Conversation of Medical Knowledge and Pre-feminist Literary Practice between Madame Bovary and Анна Каренина

Julia Taylor, Cua Ve, Kitchen Gods, and Dutiful Women: Gender and Consumption in Andrew Pham's 'Catfish and Mandala'

Panel 12: Identity in Transit: Gender, Race, and Culture of Movement

Moderator: Kristine Gunnell, CSW Research Scholar

Jacob Thomas, Does Gender Matter in Nonimmigrant Visa Applications?

Victor Trofimov, Contesting Power and Hegemony: Intersectional Analysis of Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality in the Day-time Shelter for Male Sex Workers in Berlin

Mieke Lisuk, Living a Hmong Us: The Cultural Disconnect between Hmong Marriage Rituals in Laos and the United States


Graduate Students

Female Resistance in ‘The Legend of Sigh’; Sarah Abdul Razak; English; Georgetown University

Agorafaux-pas! Cultural Implications When Cis-women Perform Female Drag; Jamie Coull; Media, Culture, and Creative Arts (Performance Studies); Curtin University of Technology

Honoring Transgender Women’s Narratives: A Postmodern Feminist Approach for Assessment and Engagement in HIV Services; Cary Klemmer; Social Work; USC

Let's Talk About Sex: Exploring Sex Education Curricula in the United States, the Netherlands, and Nigeria; Taryn Moore; International Comparative Education; Stanford University

Women who persist in STEM careers; Annette Siemssen; Teaching, Learning, and Culture; University of Texas at El Paso

M.D. Zofia Sadowska: An Active Lesbian As "the enemy of society and state”;  Agnieszka Weseli; Anthropology and Psychology; University of Warsaw

Reducing Microaggressions Towards Women of Color in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics); Melo-Jean Yap; Urban Schooling; UCLA


Queer Strategies of Alliance for Effective Feminist Organizing; Addison Davidove; Integrative Studies; University of Redlands

Deconstructing Images of Female Militants in the Palestinian Nationalist Resistance Movement; Noya Kansky; Anthropology and Geography; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Whiteness in the Bedroom: Analytics of Interracial Queer Intimacy; Jesus Lira; Gender and Chicano/a Studies; UCLA

The Dynamic Intersections of Power, Bodies, and Space: A Retrospective Examination of Chicana Murals in California as a Tool for Social Change; Philomena Lopez; Art History; UCLA

Hidden Things in Plain Sight-Female Sailors and Stowaways; Anastasiia Palamarchuk, Art – Graphic Design; California State University Long Beach


THINKING GENDER COORDINATOR: Chien-Ling Liu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at UCLA. Her dissertation is on the microbiological studies and public health work by the Pasteur Institutes in China between 1899 and 1950, particularly concerning prophylaxis of smallpox and rabies. She is interested in power dynamics of scientific knowledge production and practices in cross-cultural contexts, relating to the issues of modernity. When not writing her dissertation, she enjoys going to movies and playing badminton. 

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