2018 Community of Scholars Symposium


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Event Date: 
October 5, 2018
Event Time: 
9:00am to 3:00pm
2239 Lane Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Ramp and elevator access at the E. Washington Street entrance (by loading dock). Accessible restrooms on south end of Lane Hall, on each floor of the building. Gender neutral restroom on first floor.
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The Community of Scholars is comprised of recipients of 2018 summer fellowships from IRWG and the Rackham Graduate School for graduate students pursuing research, scholarship, or creative activities focusing on women and/or gender.

To encourage cross-disciplinary exchange, the fellows participated in a weekly seminar in May and June, during which they discussed their work-in-progress. In July and August, they dispersed for research and writing. They reconvene for the annual Community of Scholars Symposium, to share the product of their summer’s work with each other and a broader audience.

The fellows have designed the panels for this symposium to showcase the conversations across disciplines and fields about scholarship on women and gender that emerged during the summer seminar.


9:00 am | Welcome
Victor Román Mendoza, Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies

9:10 am - 10:50 am | "Regulating Desires" 
Panel Chair: Jennifer Dominique Jones, Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellow, History

  • Joseph Gamble, PhD Candidate, English and Women's Studies | Racializing Sex in Early Modern England
  • Sonia Rupcic, PhD Candidate, Anthropology | “It was just boyish": Sexual violence beyond crisis in South Africa
  • Sunhay You, PhD Candidate, English and Women's Studies | In the Shadows of U.S. Empire: love and queer interracial formations in 'Bitter in the Mouth' by Monique Truong
  • Tugce Kayaal, PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Studies | “Twisted Desires:” Boy Lovers and Cross-Generational Sexual Practices in the Late Ottoman Empire (1914-18)

10:50 am - 12:10 pm | "Willful Subjects"
Panel Chair: Elizabeth Cole, LSA Dean, Professor of Women's Studies and Psychology

  • Jallicia Jolly, PhD Candidate, American Culture | Abject Desires: The Politics of Black Female Sexuality, HIV, & Dancehall in Jamaica
  • Meagan Chuey, PhD Candidate, Nursing | Developing a Refugee-Informed Theory of Migrant Decision-Making
  • Sara F. Stein, MS, LMSW, PhD Candidate, Psychology and Social Work | Longitudinal predictors of women’s engagement with multiple violent partners over eight years

12:10 - 1 pm | LUNCH BREAK 
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVPhttps://goo.gl/forms/mo76HFKscbsCzFsq2

1 pm - 2:50 pm | "Taking Up Space"
Panel Chair: Ruby Tapia, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and English

  • Andrea Rottmann, PhD Candidate, Germanic Language and Literatures | A butch behind bars. The prison as a site of queer worldmaking in 1960s West Berlin
  • Bri Gauger, PhD Candidate, Architecture and Urban Planning | From the Women’s Movement to the Academy: Feminist Urban Planning, 1970-1985
  • Peggy Lee, PhD Candidate, American Culture | On Noisy Asians: Yoko Ono, Lisa Park, and Tina Takemoto