March 5-7, 2014

Plus a special event on March 13 in partnership with the L&C Theatre Department.  Details below.

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Wednesday, March 5

9:45-11:15 a.m., Council Chamber

(Re)Considering Pussy Riot: Feminist Protest, Art, Scandal
Moderator:  Tatiana Osipovich, L&C associate professor of Russian
Scout (Sarah) Mills
, L&C ’16, “Like a Red Prison: An Investigation of Perspective by Means of Scandal, Culture, and Pussy Riot”
Bela Shayevich, professional translator, “The Feminist Pencil: The Story of a Feminist Art Show in Moscow”
Rebecca Pyatkevich, L&C Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies, “Protest as Feminist Project: Pussy Riot and its Male Precursors from the 1960s”

9:45-11:15 a.m., Gregg Pavilion
Disciplining Gender and Sexuality
Moderator: Sarah Warren, L&C assistant professor of sociology
Tonia St. Germain, visiting associate professor, University of Wyoming, “‘It Depends on the Cop’: Street-based Sex Workers’ Perspectives on Police Patrol Officers”
Hoyoung “Jodie” Moon, Reed College student, “Marrying into South Korea: Female Marriage Migrants’ Gendered Modes of National Belonging”
Lindsey Dennis, Willamette University ’14, “You Want to But You Can’t, and When You Do You Wish You Didn’t: The Role of the U.S. Purity Movement in the Regulation of Female Sexuality”
Eleni Lazarou, University of Michigan ’14, “Menstruation Culture in Reinforcing Gender Binaries”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Stamm
New Interpretations of Dominant Narratives
Moderator: Dawn Odell, L&C associate professor of art history
Tosia Klincewicz, University of Puget Sound student, “On Display: Curating the Works of Julia Margaret Cameron”
Amy Greenstadt, associate professor of English, Portland State University, “’Unknown Sovereignty’: Performative Chastity in Measure for Measure
Susan Kirtley, assistant professor of English, Portland State University, L&C ’95, “The Rhetoric of Domesticity in Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Gender in Medicalized Space
Moderator: Jennifer Hubbert, L&C assistant professor of anthropology
Sarah L. Schulz, assistant professor of behavioral sciences, Point Park University, “’Are you sure you’re you?’: Healthcare Experiences of Transmasculine Patients in Gendered Spaces”
Gaby Canjura, L&C ’14, “‘It’s a great time to be a woman’: Menstruation and Women’s Individual Bodies, Social Bodies, and the Body Politic”
Taida Wolfe, PhD candidate in Women’s/Gender Studies, Rutgers University, “The Social Production of Abortion Spaces”
Daniela Jiménez, L&C ’14, “A Silent Outcry: Transnational Eugenics and the ‘Problem’ of Mexican Fertility”

1:45-3:15 p.m., Stamm
Not My Space: Gender, Race, and Belonging
Moderator:  Kim Cameron-Dominguez, L&C visiting assistant professor of anthropology
Libby Olga Howard
, L&C ’14, “Contours of Black Masculinity: The Politics of Hoodies and Hoods in the Trayvon Martin Case”
Justin Juvrud, George Fox University student, “Gender Microaggression: Drug Enforcement Administration”  This presenter has withdrawn from the session.
Ingrid Diran, PhD candidate in English, Cornell University, “Color in Silhouette; or, Erotic Double-Consciousness”

1:45-3:15 p.m., Council Chamber
Cyberspace Subcultures
Moderator:  Daena Goldsmith, L&C professor of rhetoric and media studies
Hannah Miller
, L&C ’14, “Posting Their Best Faces Forward: The Subculture of Makeup on YouTube and the Cosmetic Construction of Identity”
Drew Schilson, Evergreen State University student, “Cyberspaces of Representation: Queering Cultural (Re)Production on Tumblr”
Hanna White, L&C ’14, “Optimal Distinctiveness Theory and Geek Feminism: Creating Dual Identities”

3:30-5:00 p.m., Council Chamber
The Body in the Landscape: “Green” Space in the Contemporary Poetry of Alice Oswald
We regret that this panel has been withdrawn.

3:30-5:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Workshop: Women of Color: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks
Ann Matsushima Chiu
, graduate student in library science, University of Illinois, and Tonya Jones, Women of Color (WOC) Zine Group
Brief presentation followed by zine-making activity.

7:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Keynote Address: The Sexual Life of Soldiers: The Circularity of Violence in a Masculine Institution
France Winddance Twine
, professor of sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Introduced by Sepideh Bajracharya, L&C assistant professor of anthropology


Thursday, March 6

9:45-11:15 a.m., Council Chamber
Tired Tropes and Fresh Takes
Moderator: Marianna Ritchey, L&C visiting assistant professor of music
Tyler Wayne Patterson
, L&C ’16, “Muscle Cars and Minivans: Gendered Marketing in the Automobile Industry”
Zibby Pillote, L&C ’14, “Nymphs, Waifs, and Little Sisters: Non-male Musicians and the Problem of Music Criticism”
Kimberly Fanshier, L&C ’09, “Redneck Women Drink Pink Lemonade Shooters: Femininity and Gender Roles in Modern Country Music”
Lauren Achée, L&C ’16, “Stuck in a Supporting Role: A Look at the ‘Manic-Pixie Dream Girl’ in Catherine Earnshaw”

9:45-11:15 a.m., Stamm
Gendered Space in Islamic Societies: From Classical Law to Contemporary Life
Moderator: Paul Powers, L&C associate professor of religious studies
L&C students Isaac Campbell-Smith ’14, Hans Faye ’14, Julia Kramka ’14, Erik Mueller ’14, Gena-Marie Ryan ’15, Kara Wells ’15, Colette Willard ’14

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Navigating Urban Space
Moderator: Reiko Hillyer, L&C assistant professor with term of history
Faolán Thompson
, L&C ’13, “The Lavender Scare and the Rose City: Building and Policing Portland’s Queer Community, 1940-1955”
Susana Gálan, PhD candidate in Women’s/Gender Studies, Rutgers University, “Cartographies of Sexual Violence, Political Protest and Neoliberal Gentrification in Contemporary Cairo”
Sahar Mohtashamipour, graduate student, Oregon State University, and Fatemah Farhat, researcher at  ACECR in Tehran, Iran, “Safe Spaces by Design: Improving Women’s Safety in Urban Environments”
    These presenters have withdrawn from the symposium.
Lucy Roberts, L&C ’14, “Braking Down the Intersection of Gender and Bicycling in an Urban Environment”

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Hands-on art workshop: What’s in the Bag?
Facilitated by local artists and educators Anne Greenwood and Sandy Sampson.
Participate in an exciting community-based arts project exploring identity, sustainability, community, labor, and food.  Join with others in working with your hands as we talk about who we are and what we value.

You can learn more about this project in this video and can find additional information and videos on Facebook.

1:45-3:15 p.m., Stamm
Making Sacred Space
Moderator: Jessica Starling, L&C assistant professor of religious studies
Emma Thompson, Whitman College student, “Finding a Place for Transgendered Individuals in Conservative Judaism”
Molly Wyman, L&C ’16, “Gender, Power and Space in the Contemporary Buddhist Nun’s (Bhikkhuni) Movement”
Taylor Leigh, L&C ’14, “ How to Talk about Buddhist Practice from a Western Feminist Perspective”
Olivia Davis, L&C ’16, “Traversing the Mission Field and the Battlefield: A Look at the Intersection of Masculinity and Missionary Work in the LDS Church”

1:45-3:15 p.m., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Frenzied Fangirling: Gender, Literature, and the Young Adult Novel
Diana Wiener Rosengard
, L&C ’04 and Law ’09, author of feminist perfume blog “Feminine Things” and self-described addict of young adult literature
Marni Bates, L&C ’12, author of Smith High School series, Marni (an acclaimed autobiography), and
other works
Lisa Burstein, author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, and Dear Cassie, as well as other works
Lauren Furnish, L&C ’10, graduate student in library science, University of Washington

2:15-3:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Shake That Devil: A Critical Analysis of Cycles of Violence
Performance by Lou Biddup and Buster Cherry
Based on a song by Antony and the Johnsons, this drag performance explores bullying, institutionalized violence, and internalized oppression.  Trigger warning for sexual violence.
    These presenters have withdrawn from the Symposium.

3:30-5:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Keynote Address: No Safe Spaces: Violence and Gentrification in LGBT Activist History
Christina B. Hanhardt, associate professor of American Studies, University of Maryland

Introduced by Reiko Hillyer, L&C assistant professor with term of history


 7:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Keynote Address: Queer Migrations and Coalitional Gestures: Toward Radical Third Space Politics
Karma R. Chávez
, assistant professor of communication arts and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Introduced by Elliott Young, L&C associate professor and chair of history

Friday, March 7

9:45-11:15 a.m., Council Chamber
Global and Postcolonial Narratives
Moderator: Daniela Jiménez, L&C ’14
Karma Rose Macias, L&C ’15, “Women’s Roles with the Change in Technology”
Erin Sheffels, Reed College student, “Globalization of Queer Identities and the Place of Thailand”
Archit Guha, Reed College ’14, “To be or Not to be: Tales of Memsahibs from the (Colonial) ‘Third World’”
Bailey Moody, Willamette University ’14, “Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese Example: How Feminist Solidarity Shapes Pro-Democracy Movements through Strategic Biological Essentialism”

9:45-11:15 a.m., Gregg Pavilion
Three Takes at the Intersections of Dance and Gender
Moderator: Hannah Kosstrin, visiting assistant professor of dance, Reed College
Rena Tian Dimes, Reed College ’14, “The Language of Leading and Following: An Analysis of Dance Partners and Linguistic Accommodation in the Portland, Oregon Blues Dancing Community”
Alanna Hoyman-Browe, Reed College ’14, “Pina Bausch’s Gendered Violence”
Olivia Jensen, Reed College ’14, “Reciprocation: Choreographing a Social Network”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Intersections of Gender and Disability
Moderator: Seth Blum, L&C ’14 and symposium co-chair
Caitlin Wood, disabled writer, consultant, educator, and cultural critic
Emi Koyama, activist, writer, rogue intellectual
Kathy Coleman, cultural activist, dance instructor/choreographer, and artistic director of the Disability Art and Culture Project

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Into the Wild: Masculinity in Rural Space
Moderator:  Jane Hunter, L&C professor of history
Thomas Van Camp
, graduate student, Portland State University, “Tumultuous Privacy: Queer Isolation”
Damian Miller, L&C coordinator of instructional technology and program assessment, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, PhD candidate in history, Rutgers University, “The Body, the Town, and the Woods: Gender Systems of the Pacific Northwest Logging Boom, 1900-1917”
Sarah DeYoreo, graduate student, Portland State University, “Against Discourse: Queer Space and the Refusal of Language in Life & Times of Michael K
Audrey deCoursey, L&C ’03, pastor, Living Stream Church of the Brethren, “Beards, Bards, and Brotherhood: Subversive Masculinities in Oregon’s Civilian Public Service Camps”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Stamm
Examining Policy: Intentions and Outcomes
Moderator: Ellen Seljan, L&C assistant professor of political science
Sandra Reineke, associate professor of political science and women’s studies, University of Idaho, “A Child’s Place Is – At Home or in Daycare? Germany’s Political Struggle with Family Policies and Programs”
Kristen Whittington and Evan Kleiner, Whitman College students, “A Model of Sex Discrimination in Workspaces”
Stephanie Glick
and Allyson Dean, Oregon State University, “Revitalizing Feminist Consciousness Raising to Eradicate Standardized Testing for College Admissions”

1:45-3:15 p.m., Albany Quadrangle 220
Interactive workshop: Student Research Projects
Don’t miss this opportunity for collaborative, cross-campus dialogue about ongoing undergraduate student research projects related to gender and sexuality.  Participants will provide constructive feedback, share ideas about theoretical approaches and methodologies, and discuss ways to refine and strengthen their projects.  Short papers will be made available ahead of time for participants to review before attending the session.  Coffee and cookies provided.

1:45-3:15 p.m., Council Chamber
Alternative Youth Spaces
We regret that this session has been canceled.

1:45-3:15 p.m., Stamm
To Be Real: Challenging Representations of Queerness
Moderator:  Andrea Hibbard, L&C adjunct professor of English
Sara Tuomey
, Washington State University student, “Gentrification of Ball Culture: An Examination of Ignored Institutional Violence in Paris is Burning
Sarah Ensor, assistant professor of English, Portland State University, “Un[Safe] Futures: AIDS, Environmentalism, and the Politics of Vulnerability”
Laura Houlberg, L&C ’14, “Queering the Environment”
Tyler Rizzo, L&C ’14, “Disorienting Aesthetics: Queer Identities in Art of the 1990s”

3:30-5:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Campus Safety
Moderator:  Melissa Osmond, L&C Associate Director for Health Promotion
Sadie Boyers
, University of Puget Sound student, “College Students’ Perceptions of the Rates of Various Types of Sexual Violence and the Barriers to Reporting”
Dith Pamp, L&C ’11, Oregon State University graduate student, “Examining the Impact of Trust on the Experience of Transgender College Students”
Kat Caskey,L&C ’14 and Taylor Leigh, L&C ’14, “Identity and Forgiveness”
      These presenters have withdrawn.
Whitney Jones
, graduate student, Oregon State University, “Examining the Impact of Policies and Practices on Transgender Students Attending Women’s Colleges”
Chanel Sulc, Willamette University student, “Feminist Pedagogy in Academia as Subversive Activism”

3:30-5:00 p.m., Stamm
Gender and Global Politics
Moderator: Jason Eichorst, L&C visiting assistant professor of international affairs
Eli Rau
and Marisa Hazell, Reed College ’15, “Does Gender Matter?: A Study of Distributive Politics in Argentina”
Breanna Ribeiro, Linfield College student, “A Gender Analysis of the Rwanda Genocide”
Laura Burroughs, L&C ’14, “Quotas and Women’s Political Representation in Latin America”


7:00 p.m., Agnes Flanagan Chapel - Please note the location change.
Keynote Address: Your Powerful Online Voice: Using Social Media for Social Change
Franchesca Ramsey
, aka Chescaleigh, video blogger, actress, comedian, and creator of “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls”

Introduced by Anna Gonzalez, L&C Dean of Students


Thursday, March 13

7:30 p.m., Fir Acres Theatre
William Shakespeare’s

As You Like It


The Gender Studies Symposium is pleased to sponsor a special performance of the L&C Theatre Department’s production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  The play follows a group of young people as they escape the constraints of social propriety into the mythical forest of Arden, a liminal space of beggars, artists, and vagabonds. The production frames the play in the world of late 1970’s no-wave culture, and uses the backdrop of an urban desert to ask questions about gender fluidity inside of Shakespeare’s 400-year-old play.

Join us immediately after the performance for a reception and panel discussion:

Gender and Space: Gender in Shakespeare’s Arden
with Rishona Zimring, L&C associate professor of English, and Rebecca Lingafelter, L&C assistant professor of theatre

For play tickets and more information, contact Kimberly Brodkin at or stop by the information table outside the Council Chamber during the symposium, March 5-7.