Feminisms and the Radical Imagination

In spring 2014 the Humanities Institute explores multiple feminist narratives and trajectories, addressing the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, power, and social justice within and beyond the academy.

We live in a society where challenges to affirmative action continue 90 years after the Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced, where contentious legislation about reproductive rights dominates headlines, where, as Ruth Wilson Gilmore expressed, “fatal couplings of power and difference” translate into economic and social disparities experienced by women across the globe. In a political and intellectual climate infused with debates about race, class, and power, the need for critical conversations about feminist scholarship is clear and urgent.

What individual and collective strategies shape the political imagination and practical work of women mobilizing for social justice? How do the underlying dynamics of capitalism, settler colonialism, decolonization, and empire building converge to inform and constrain gender politics? How do feminisms translate or not translate across borders of North and South? How are synergistic interactions among inequities and marginalizations grounded in the lived experience of contemporary women? And how does a lack of academic diversity re-inscribe existing power structures? These questions (among others) invite opportunities to discuss, challenge, upend, and re-envision scholarship about feminisms, and gender and sexuality rights in relation to social justice.

Speakers and Events

January 28, 2014
Teri Skillman
Outreach Coordinator for the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library

"Captured Images: Visual Penetration of the Hula from Contact to Competition"
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 4, 2014
Salamishah Tillet
Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the nonprofit, A Long Walk Home
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"Listening to Nina Simone: Myth, Meme, and the Icon of a Movement"
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 18, 2014
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Erma O'Brien Distinguished Professor, Scripps College
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"Afrolez®femcentric Perspectives on Coloring and Queering Gender-Based Violence"
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 25, 2014
"My Left Breast"
Gerry Rogers
Member of the House of Assembly, Newfoundland and Labrador, and feminist filmmaker/activist
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Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

March 4, 2014
Rayna Green
Curator Emerita, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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"Miss Rose Coyote plays her last Big Trick: catch her act down at the intersection of Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Power, and Social Justice"
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

March 11, 2014
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University
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"Eldridge Cleaver Visits Pyongyang, Hanoi, and Peking: Afro-Asian Internationalism, Radical Orientalism, and Global Feminism"
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

March 25, 2014
Naomi André
Associate Professor of Women's Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Residential College, University of Michigan

"Contextualizing Womanhood and Blackness in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess"
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

April 2, 2014
Deborah R. Vargas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

"Chicana Borderlands Sonic Imaginaries"
Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College

April 9, 2014
J. Kehaulani Kauanui
Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University
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"Hawaiian Women and the Nationalist Politics of Indigeneity"
Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College

April 15, 2014
Cándida Jáquez, Martha Gonzalez, Alma Martinez, and Helena María Viramontes
(1) Director, Scripps College Humanities Institute and associate professor of music, Scripps College, (2) assistant professor of Chicano Studies, Scripps College, (3) actress and author, and (4) author and professor of creative writing, Cornell University.

Entre Mujeres (Between Women): Embodied Knowledges
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center