Thinking Gender 2023 Graduate Student Research Conference

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Thinking Gender 2023 Graduate Student Research Conference

CSW|Barbra Streisand Center presents Thinking Gender 2023 “Transforming Research: Feminist Methods for Times of Crisis and Possibility"

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Covel Commons (3rd floor - Grand Horizon Ballroom) 330 De Neve Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095

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  • 12 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women|Barbra Streisand Center’s 33rd Annual Thinking Gender Student Research Conference's in-person section will take place on February 24, 2023. This year’s conference theme, "Transforming Research: Feminist Methods for Times of Crisis and Possibility," will center inquiries, reflections, and imaginations of feminist, decolonial research methods and practice across fields and disciplines.

In lieu of a keynote address, Thinking Gender 2023 (TG23) will feature interactive presentations and workshops throughout the day:

  1. T.L. Cowan (Assistant Professor, Media Studies, University of Toronto) and Jas Rault (Assistant Professor, Media Studies, University of Toronto) will present "Heavy Processing for Networked Intimate Publics (NIPs): Trans- Feminist & Queer Digital Methods In and Beyond the University." Attending graduate students will also have the opportunity to sign up for a closed workshop "From Networked Intimate Publics (NIPs) to Networked Accountable Publics (NAPs): Making Time for Collaboration, Friendship & Comradeship in Research" with Cowan and Rault.
  2. Celine Parreñas Shimizu (Dean of the Division of the Arts and Distinguished Professor, Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz) will present “Creativity in the Face of Devastation: Methodologies of Research and Practice Across Inequality." We will also screen Shimizu's film, The Celine Archive, with a Q&A afterward.

TG23 will also feature themed panels of graduate student presenters moderated by expert faculty, undergraduate student poster presentations, a media exhibit, and a concluding reception. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Preliminary schedule (A detailed program will be posted closer to the event date):

  • Registration (7:30 - 8:30am)
  • Media Exhibit (throughout the day)
  • Public Presentation by T.L. Cowan and Jas Rault (8:30 -10am)
  • Undergraduate Poster Presentations (10 -10:30am)
  • Graduate Student Presentations I (10:30am -12pm)
  • Lunch Break (12 - 1:15pm)
  • Graduate Student Presentations II (1:15 - 2:45pm)
  • Public Presentation by Celine Parreñas Shimizu (3 - 4:15pm)
  • Graduate Student Workshop with T.L. Cowan and Jas Rault (4:30 - 6:15pm)
  • Screening of The Celine Archive and Q&A with Celine Parreñas Shimizu (4:30 - 6:15pm)
  • Reception (6:30 - 7:30pm)


Featured Presenters' Bios:

T.L. Cowan (she/they) is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Arts Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, as well as a cabaret and video artist. Their research focuses on cultural and intellectual economies and networks of minoritized digital media and performance practices. Her creative-research practice moves between page, stage, and screen, including the work of her alter-ego, Mrs. Trixie Cane and the "I Disown You Right Back" campaign, as well as the “GLITTERfesto: An Open Call in Trinity Formation for a Revolutionary Movement of Activist Performance Based on the Premise That Social Justice is Fabulous.” Notable commissions for their creative-critical work include the PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Queens Museum in New York City, and Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Cowan is currently completing two monographs, Transmedial Drag and Other Cross-Platform Cabaret Methods, and The Needs of Others: Trauma, Media & Disorder.

Jas Rault (they/them) is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Arts, Culture, Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Rault’s research focuses on trans- feminist and queer digital praxes and protocols; media histories of settler coloniality, white supremacy and sexuality; aesthetics and affects of social movements. Recent publications include "Window Walls and Other Tricks of Transparency: Digital, Colonial and Architectural Modernity” (American Quarterly); "White Noise, White Affects: Filtering the Sameness of Queer Suffering" (Feminist Media Studies); "Ridiculizing Power: Relajo and the Affects of Queer Activism in Mexico” (Scholar & Feminist Online). Rault’s first book is Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In (Ashgate/Routledge) and they're currently working on a book, provisionally entitled Open Secrets: Technologies of Whiteness in Decline, about the ambient media of white cruelty -- the sound, architecture and interface designs that try so hard to make the violences of settler colonial whiteness feel like comfort, justice and good taste.

Together Cowan and Rault co-direct three online research environments: the Cabaret Commons, the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC), and the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI). They are the co-editors of “Metaphors as Meaning and Method in Technoculture,” a special section of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (Fall 2022) and co-authors of numerous essays together as well as a book entitled Heavy Processing, about trans- feminist and queer digital research methods and ethics (Punctum Books, 2023). You can see early versions of Heavy Processing on DREC. They are also two of the co-authors of the Feminist Data Manifest-No.

Celine Parreñas Shimizu, film scholar and filmmaker, is Dean of the Division of Arts and Distinguished Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She wrote The Proximity of Other Skins (2020), Straitjacket Sexualities (2012), and The Hypersexuality of Race (2007) and co-edited The Feminist Porn Book (2013) and The Unwatchability of Whiteness (2018). Her peer-reviewed articles appear in top journals in cinema, performance, ethnic, feminist, sexuality studies, and transnational popular culture in Asia and Asian America. Her writings are translated to French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Her recent films The Celine Archive (2020) and 80 Years Later: On Japanese American Racial Inheritance won several festival awards. She received her PhD in modern thought and literature from Stanford University, her MFA in film directing and production from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and her BA in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley.