Kathryn Moeller, The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

Monday, March 5,  4:10-6:00 pm

How do the philanthropic, social responsibility, and business practices of corporations use a logic of development that positions girls and women as instruments of poverty alleviation and new frontiers for capitalist accumulation? Moeller’s work examines the Girl Effect, the philanthropic brand of Nike, Inc., as a central case study, to study how these corporations seek to address the problems of gendered poverty and inequality, yet do so using an instrumental logic that shifts the burden of development onto girls and women without transforming the structural conditions that produce poverty.

Imagining America Community Room
207 3rd Street, Suite, 120
Davis, CA 95616

Sara Ahmed, "Complaint: Diversity Work, Feminism, Institutions"

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A video recording is now available for those who were unable to attend the lecture.

WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/4jf4sgw5NeQ

Lecture: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 to 6 p.m.

The lecture will draw on interviews with students and staff who have made (or have considered making) complaints about abuses of power within universities. It will show how feminist complaint can be a form of diversity work: as the work you would have to do before some populations can be included within institutions. We learn about the institutional “as usual” from those who are trying to transform institutions. Finally, the lecture will discuss how identifying and challenging abuses of power teaches us about the mechanics of power.

Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer. She has held academic appointments at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work is concerned with how power is experienced and challenged in everyday life and institutional cultures. She is currently completing a book titled What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use and has begun a new research project on complaint. Her previous publications include Living a Feminist Life (2017), Willful Subjects (2014), On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004, 2014), Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000), and Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998).

Sponsors Include: The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Community and Regional Development Program, the Center for Regional Change, the Feminist Research Institute, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, the College of Biological Sciences, the School of Law, the UC Davis Health Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Institute for Social Sciences, the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, the Department of American Studies, the Department of English, the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Graduate Group in Performative Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Department of Anthropology.

fri spring symposium

Spring Symposium: Research Across the Disciplines

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
9:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. | Ballroom B, UC Davis Conference Center

The Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis hosted a 2017 spring symposium, focused on exploring feminist research across the disciplines. The symposium featured the interdisciplinary work of our 2015-16 Seed Grant recipients and graduate fellows, a keynote presentation from Stacey Ritz, Ph.D., and a roundtable discussion on feminist ethics, values, and justice.

Feminist Dialogues Series

Studying Migration event
Feminist Approches to Studying Migration
[March 13, 2017]
The first in a series of campus conversations to foster cross-disciplinary exchange on the contributions of feminist research. Each conversation centers on a pressing societal challenge and features scholars from different fields whose commitment to feminism shapes the "what" and "how" of their work.
The feminist approaches to studying migration event features three UC Davis scholars from across campus:
  • Natalia Deeb-Sossa, Associate Professor in Department of Chicana/o Studies 
  • Marc Schenker, Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Cristina Pérez, Mellon-ACLS Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Border Studies
dialogue series

Environmental Policy and Native Activism

Beth Rose Middleton, Associate Professor of Native American Studies

Wednesday, February 7th 2-3 pm in MU Garrison Room

Dr. Middleton conducts research on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her research explores the rich intersections of Indigenous land and water rights, climate change, environmental justice, environmental law and policy, and intergenerational trauma and healing. She will talk about her forthcoming book "Upstream: Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River," and participatory research and contemporary water policy challenges in California and beyond.

Unpacking Sustainability: World System Position, the Washington Consensus, and Overshoot

Clare Cannon, Assistant Professor of Human Ecology

Wednesday, March 7th 2-3 pm in MU Garrison Room

Current global population makes the greatest demands on nature ever before due to climate change, rapid growth, and the need for fossil fuels—the energy source of choice for our global system of transportation and production of goods. This demand calls into question whether the current global system is sustainable. What, if any, ameliorating effect may gender have on such political economic systems that create overshoot.

This series is sponsored by FRI and the Women’s Resource and Research Center.

Angela Willey, Undoing Monogamy [Feb. 9, 2017]

undoing monogamy

In this talk, Willey both frames and traces the broad contours of Undoing Monogamy, a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, the book demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The talk traverses the books' treatments of colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory, and the works of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.

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Angela Willey is a Five Colleges Assistant Professor who teaches feminist science studies, feminist epistemologies and research, and queer and sexuality studies in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Gender Studies (GS) at Mount Holyoke College, and the School of Critical Social Inquiry (CSI) at Hampshire College.

Co-sponsors: Gender, Sexuailty & Women's Studies, Asian American Cultural Politics Research Group, Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Science & Technology Studies, Department of English, Feminist Research Institute, Davis Humanities Institute

"Rethinking the Boundaries of Sex and Gender in Science, Society, and Technology" - Inaugural Conference of the Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis [Feb 8, 2016]

Watch Video of the Conference

The morning sessions include the conference welcome from Professor Suad Joseph, and keynote presentations by Melissa Gilliam, M.D., Jenny Reardon, Ph.D., and Carole Joffe, Ph.D. 

Video available here: http://ats.ucdavis.edu/ats-video/?kpid=0_hc70qklb

Conference Report

Read the executive summary, working group break-out session notes, and evalutation feedback, for "Rethinking the Boundaries of Sex and Gender in Science, Society, and Technology, compiled by participants and FRI student researchers. Conference program included. 

Venue: UCD Conference Center Ballroom B 

Featuring three keynote lectures and afternoon working group break-out session.

"Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health”

Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH University of Chicago, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division, Founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health & Director of Ci3 at the University of Chicago.

“The Postgenomic Condition: Rethinking Feminist Epistemology and Justice After the Genome”

Jenny Reardon, Ph.D, University of California Santa Cruz, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Bimolecular Science and Engineering. Director, Science and Justice Research Center. Author of Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics (2005) and The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome (forthcoming).

"Reproductive Health and the War on Science"

Carole Joffe, Ph.D. University of California San Francisco, Professor in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) Program in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UC San Francisco & Professor Emerita, Sociology & Women and Gender Studies, UC Davis. Author of numerous articles and books including Friendly Intruders: Childcare Professionals and Family Life and The Regulation of Sexuality: Experiences of Family Planning Workers.

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