Gender Studies


Obsesion formed in 1996 and its two principal members are Magia López and Alexey “el tipo este” Rodriguez. In 2013 they were joined by DJ Lino, who previously worked with Cuban hip hop group Hermanzos. In 2016, the group celebrated its 20 year anniversary in Havana with a multi-day symposium and performances featuring national and international scholars, artists, cultural advocates, and activists.

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Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity

This talk focuses on the ways that feminist scholars have negotiated the complicated, conflicted, and contradictory terrain of friendship. It offers fresh perspectives on feminists’ invested, reluctant, and selective uses of the nation; reflects on how the arts contribute to conversations about feminism, dissent, resistance, and solidarity; and unpacks the details of transnational dissident friendships.

Featuring the editors of Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity

Elora Halim Chowdhury

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor of English, Emory University; and Karen Nakamura, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Disability Studies, UC Berkeley

The award provides funding to host Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Karen Nakamura as part of UCLA Disability Studies' conference on Disability as Spectacle. This interdisciplinary conference aims to stimulate a discussion around how society constructs, reacts, and embraces or rejects visible and invisible disabilities in the public sphere. As visibility continues to increase in popular culture, scholars will need to confront a changing landscape in which (some) disabilities are de-stigmatized while others are prevented from participating in the new visibility.

Karen Umemoto, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Professor Karen Umemoto is the co-author of Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies (University of California Press, 2016), the author of Truce: Lessons from an L.A. Gang War (Cornell University Press, 2006), and the recipient of numerous research and service honors, including the W.E.B. DuBois Award of the Western Society of Criminology. Her research centers on issues of democracy and social justice in multicultural societies with a focus on US cities.


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