feminist dialogue series

Feminist Dialogue Series

Beth Rose Middleton, Associate Professor of Native American Studies

Environmental Policy and Native Activism

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.

Clare Cannon, Assistant Professor of Human Ecology

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

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.

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

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

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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

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Author talk co-hosted by Imagining America and Feminist Research Institute

Feminist Design Workshop: Practices and Tools

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Friday, April 6th Time TBA, Hart Hall 3201

This workshop brings together faculty in several disciplines that engage design as a practice. The Feminist Research Institute (FRI) at UC Davis is spending this year exploring the question: What is Feminist Research? We see design practices as a lively site for feminist engagement. As a practice that can unite aesthetic and pragmatic goals, as well as humanistic and engineering approaches, design is an area that has great potential to bring together projects that have both scientific merit and that have immediate positive impacts on communities.

This half-day public event will feature a short provocation by computer scientist and ethnographer Lilly Irani (UCSD Communications; Science Studies Program). Following this provocation, faculty participants to give a 7 minute presentation of a current or past project that we might consider in relation to the question: What is Feminist Design?

The goal of the event will be to identify the “hinges,” or articulations between various projects. This is a practice of constructing connection through practice—in this case through sharing the circumstances of our own design practices. This method of dialogue draws inspiration from cultural theorist Stuart Hall’s provocation that articulation can be used to identify and construct unity across difference in a given context. The context of design is today a ripe site for the exploration of feminist articulations across disciplines.