[URBANTH-L]CFP: Gendered Transnationalisms (graduate student conference)

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Tue Dec 14 13:41:35 EST 2004

[x-posted from AES]

Please forward to your graduate students.  Thank you! 

To be presented at the 4th Annual Graduate Student 
Conference on 

Gendered Transnationalisms 

May 13, 2005 
at the University of California, Los Angeles 

Sponsored by 
the UC Transnational & Transcolonial Studies 
Multicampus Research Group 

Keynote address to be delivered by Professor Ien Eng 

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 5, 2005 

Transnational exchanges of people, of ideas, and of 
capital do not occur evenly across or through gendered 
bodies.  This year's conference will solicit papers 
focusing on the significance of gender in the global 
economy and transnational culture, as well as on the 
intersections between gender studies and transnational 
studies, with particular interest in how literature 
and culture negotiate these disciplinary terrains.  In 
what ways has the negotiation of transnational spaces 
also meant the negotiation of gendered sites? 

We invite graduate students to present their research 
on transnational perspectives on gender and on 
gendered perspectives on transnationalism.  Papers 
might address, but are not limited to, the following 

. Feminisms.  How has transnationalism revised the 
theorization of gender and feminist practices?  How do 
multicultural feminism, transnational feminism, or 
global womanism differently articulate and negotiate 
the relationship between gender and the transnational? 
 How does the academy figure in the production of 
feminisms or of feminist practice? How is masculinity 
deployed across national boundaries? 
. Sexuality.  If the nation is structured by 
discourses of sexuality, how might transnationalism 
"queer" the discourses of nation or of "home"?  In the 
borderlands or transnational sites, how do sexuality 
and displacement articulate one another? 
. Culture.  What place does culture have in the 
negotiation of gender relations across national 
boundaries?  How have women and men brokered 
transnational culture differently?  What possibilities 
do literature, media, or consumer culture hold for 
disrupting or facilitating globalization? 
. Crossings.  How has the global movement of people, 
ideas, or goods shifted or impacted gender roles or 
relations?  In what ways do gender ideologies shape 
this movement?  What do free trade zones and 
borderlands mean for gendered subjects? 
. Subjectivities.  How does gender mediate or mitigate 
racial, ethnic, sexual, national, class, or colonial 
subjectivities?  What kind of redress is possible for 
transnational laboring classes like "pink-collar" or 
maquiladora workers, off-shore or international 
. Modernity.  The mapping of progress always depends 
on the use of archaic representation (new/old, 
enlightened/barbaric, modernity/"tradition") and is 
embodied through the division of gender.  What bearing 
does this have on transnationalism?  Is gendered 
transnationalism a consequence of modernity, the 
unfinished story of the modernity project, or the 
overcoming of modernity into postmodernity? 

We encourage work from a variety of disciplines and 
approaches, especially literary and cultural studies, 
and work that bridges Ethnic and Area Studies.  Please 
submit a one-page abstract for a 20-minute (7-8 pages) 
presentation no later than January 5, 2005, either 
electronically to MRGconference2005 at yahoo.com, or in 
hard copy to the following address: 

Grace Yeh, MRG Conference Planning Committee 
UCLA, Department of English 
2225 Rolfe Hall 
Los Angeles, CA 90095 

Reimbursement will be offered for select travel 
expenses.  For more information, please see our 
website at http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/transnation/ or 
email grace_yeh at earthlink.net. 

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