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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 (3rd Floor), 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: 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 


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

Rebecca 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: A History of Hair Removal, 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 on site. Price is $29.95 plus sales tax.


Fight Like a Woman: 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.

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. 

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

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

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

Minwoo Jung, Thinking Coming Out Stories Transnationally: Queer Magazine and the Making of the National Closet in South Korea

Panel 3: Claiming Public Visibility and Power

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

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: Challenging Stereotypes of Body in the Arts

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 6: Locating Agency in Politics of the Body

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: Medicine in Context: Biomedical Body and Knowledge Production

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 8: Across Boundaries: Queer Body and Sexuality in Performance

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

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 11: Identity in Transit: Gender, Race, and Culture of Movement

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

Panel 12: Contesting Marginality

Delio Vasquez, The Welfare Right Movement and the Limits of Political Thought

Jacqueline Caraves, Latinas Straddling the Prison Pipeline through Gender (Non)Conformity

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? 

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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