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

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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