2021 Community of Scholars Symposium

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Event Date: 
September 24, 2021
Event Time: 
10:00am to 2:20pm
Online event via Zoom / Register: https://myumi.ch/xmYvm
Event Accessibility : 
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This virtual symposium explores groundbreaking, interdisciplinary, feminist scholarship from some of the University of Michigan’s most promising graduate students. 

The IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Fellowship is a prestigious and highly competitive program that has been running since 1997. PhD candidates from across the Ann Arbor campus who are pursuing research, scholarship, or creative activities with a focus on women and/or gender are eligible to apply. 

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 that emerged during the summer seminar.


10:00 am - 11:05 am - Panel 1: Contesting Institutional and National Histories

  • Hanah Stiverson, PhD Candidate, American Culture, College of LSA: 'Relentlessly Patriotic’: Branding White Nationalism in Militant Communities
  • Jasmine An, PhD Candidate, English and Women’s & Gender Studies, College of LSA: “The blue ink runs out”: the Aesthetics of Opacity in Southeast Asian Diasporic Poetry
  • Sauda Nabukenya, PhD Candidate, History, College of LSA: Struggles and strategies of the landless: Contesting possession, and the framing of legal regimes in Buganda

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Panel 2: Regulating the Family

  • Adriana Ponce, PhD Candidate, Sociology, College of LSA: “Power Moves”: Interactional Power in Everyday Caregiving within Child Custody Arrangements 
  • Grace Argo, PhD Candidate, History and Women’s & Gender Studies, College of LSA: “To Become Good Wives and Mothers”: Redeeming Incest Victims at the Illinois State Training School for Girls, 1890-1930

1:00 - 2:20 pm - Panel 3: Representing Youth: Negotiating Protection and Agency

  • Sara Abelson, PhD Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health: Protective Policies at Colleges and Universities and Psychosocial Outcomes Among Gender Diverse Students
  • Ana Sofia Cruz Bento, PhD Candidate, English and Women’s & Gender Studies, College of LSA: "Strawberry Jam Cookies’ and ‘Inventory": Adventures in Life Writing and Physicality
  • Lolita Moss, PhD Candidate, Joint PhD Program, School of Social Work & Psychology, College of LSA: Centering Media Literacy & Cultural Tailoring: A Scoping Review of Interventions Used to Address Black Adolescent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Casidy Campbell, PhD Candidate, American Culture, College of LSA: ‘Murderous Inclusion’: On Sakia Gunn, Accountability and Care in the Black LGBT Blogosphere

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