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Spring 2014: Transnational Challenges to Global Empire, Cultivating Ethical Feminist Praxis  

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Key Questions

How do the agendas of transnational feminism differ from the globalization agenda of the US academy, and how are they complicit?

What disparate genealogies inform contemporary feminist transnational praxis in and beyond the academy?

What pedagogic and methodological strategies are being developed to maintain the radical subjectivities in the global era?

What theories and practices will sustain transnational feminist agendas and intellectual communities able to resist and work against the deepening global inequalities in intellectual production?

Social Justice, Culture, and (In)Security

The UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative “Social Justice, Culture, and (In)Security” was established out of Hart Hall in 2012, following widely and diversely expressed social justice concerns arising from the UC Davis pepper spray incident of November 2011.

The vision of this interdisciplinary project is designed to create intellectual dialogue across multiple contexts and communities with a focus on social justice work.



Transnational Challenges to Global Empire: Cultivating Ethical Feminist Praxis

Friday, May 16th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

3201 Hart Hall, UC Davis Campus 

The growth of feminist and ethnic studies has opened up new theoretical frontiers in social justice pedagogy and research.  These interrogate the meaning of ‘the public’ in the context of systemic inequalities, combining postcolonial feminist theories of intersectionality with insights deriving from transnational feminism. Discussants are challenged to explore the ethical and methodological implications that arise from bringing the insights of US-based feminist work into dialogue with the work of transnational feminist movements. 

Speakers Include:

Amina Mama:  A professor of Women and Gender Studies  at UC Davis, Amina Mama is a Nigerian-British researcher, scholar and feminist who has lived and worked in various European and African tertiary institutions, developing transformative research and pedagogic methodologies.  She serves as editor of the gender studies journal Feminist Africa.



 Susy Zepeda: is a queer Xicana Indígena, born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests include: critical race and ethnic studies, critical feminist methodologies, queer of color studies, and transnational visual culture.



Margo Okazawa-Rey: currently is on the faculty of the School of Human and Organizational Development at the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, and Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University. Okazawa-Rey’s primary areas of interest and research are gender, militarism, and feminist activist research. She is the author of numerous publications and founding member of the Combahee River Collective.



Chandra Talpade Mohanty: is Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University.  Her work focuses on transnational feminist theory, anti-capitalist feminist praxis, anti-racist education, and the politics of knowledge. Mohanty is a founding member of the Democratizing Knowledge Collective at Syracuse University.



Paula C. Johnson: is professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. Professor Johnson and Professor Janis McDonald co-direct the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University College of Law, which investigates racially-motivated murders committed during the civil rights era. Her scholarship and activism focus on matters of race, gender, sexuality, criminal law, international human rights, diversity and access to higher education.



Linda Carty: is a professor in and former chair of the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University. She is a long standing labor activist in NY, and HIV/AIDS activist in Caribbean and Latin American health networks in New York City. Her research areas are in antiracism, Black feminisms, and Marxism critically addressing Black women’s labor in the Americas and Black women’s health care in the US and the Caribbean.



Dana M. Olwan: is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. Her work focuses on gendered and sexual violence, feminist solidarities, and anti-colonial struggles from Canada to Palestine. In 2011, she was the Future Minority Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Syracuse University where she began her book length study on honor killings.

Links to Research and Activist Sites

  • List of Women's Rights Organizations Around the World
    World Movement for Democracy provides this informative list of links
  • African Gender Institute
    The African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town is a teaching, learning and research institute which focuses on issues of gender and development on the African continent.
  • Isis: Women's International Cross-Cultural Exchange
    International women's organization for peace, leadership, and political participation
  • International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)
    Organization promotes the feminist inquiry of economic issues and the education of economists and others on feminist points of view on economic issues.
  • International Women's Rights Action Watch : Asia Pacific
    International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific is an international women's human rights organisation, which has worked to contribute to the progressive interpretation and realisation of the human rights of women through the lens of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights treaties.
  • Center for Women and Global Leadership  
    Since 1990, CWGL has fostered women's leadership in the area of human rights through women's global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center.

  • INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
    INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans people of Color* Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing
  • AWID: Association for Women's Rights in Development
    The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, multi-generational, feminist, creative, future-orientated membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights
  • African Feminist Forum
    The African Feminist Forum is a biennial conference that brings together African feminist activists to deliberate on issues of key concern to the movement. It was developed out of the growing concern amongst feminists on the continent, that the efforts to advance the rights of women on the continent were under serious threat from a number of sources.



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