Gender Studies Symposium - College of Arts and Sciences - Lewis & Clark

Material Conditions: Gender, Sexuality, and Capitalism

March 11-13, 2015


Inderpal Grewal is professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Yale University. She is also professor in South Asian studies, American studies, and ethnicity, race, and migration studies.  Her areas of research include feminist postcolonial theory, cultural studies of South Asia and its diasporas, and contemporary global feminist movements. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (1996) and Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (2005), and (with Caren Kaplan) has written and edited Introduction to Women’s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (2001, 2005) and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (1994). With Victoria Bernal she has edited Theorizing NGOs: States, Feminisms, and Neoliberalisms (2014). Currently she is working on a book-length project on the relation between feminist practices and security discourses. She writes opinion blogs for The Huffington Post, and was one of the founders of Narika, a Berkeley, California-based nonprofit working to end family violence in the South Asian community.



Tracey Deutsch is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. She teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of gender and women’s history, the history of consumption, the history of capitalism, critical food studies, and modern US history.  Professor Deutsch is the author of Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century (2010) and has also published essays on food and labor in The Oxford Handbook of Food History and the Radical History Review.  She is currently researching a book project on the life of Julia Child and the politics of gourmet food in the mid-century United States.

See the video of Tracey Deutsch’s keynote presentation: ”Putting Consumption in its Place: Gender, Labor, and Politics in Complicated Times” HERE 


Eric A. Stanley is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the departments of communication and critical gender studies at the University of California, San Diego.  Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2013). Eric is co-editor of the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (2011), which won the Prevention for a Safe Society award and was recently named a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.  Eric’s other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, and Women and Performance, as well as in numerous collections.

See the video of Eric Stanley’s keynote presentation: “Blood Lines: AIDS, Affective Accumulation, and Viral Labor” HERE