Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State
29th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference
February 22, 2019
UCLA Luskin Conference Center
Thinking Gender is an annual public conference highlighting student research on women, sexuality, and gender across all disciplines and historical periods. Thinking Gender 2019 will focus on gendered regimes of incarceration, and feminist, queer, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions.
The U.S. justice system is a site of widespread gendered and race-based violence. The U.S. currently incarcerates nearly a third of all female prisoners in the world, and between 1977 and 2004, the number of women in U.S. prisons increased by an unprecedented 757%. As a 2015 CSW co-sponsored report revealed, women suffering from mental illness in LA County jails are routinely denied treatment, medication, and reproductive hygiene products, and are disproportionately punished with solitary confinement. LGBTQ women are also disproportionately impacted: nearly 40% of incarcerated girls identify as LGBTQ, while nearly one in six transgender Americans, and one in two black transgender people, have been to prison.
Abolitionist Feminist Futures
Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State will feature a keynote panel of distinguished scholar-activists.
Department Head, Criminology, Law and Justice and Professor of African American Studies & Criminology, University of Illinois at Chicago; Author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside; Co-founder of Survived & Punished
PhD Candidate, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC; Co-founder of Survived & Punished
Program Coordinator, Project Rebound, CSU-Fullerton; Organizer, California Coalition for Women Prisoners; Fellow, California Women’s Policy Institute
MODERATOR: GRACE HONG
Chair, UCLA Center for the Study of Women Advisory Committee, and Professor, UCLA Asian American Studies and Gender Studies
Sign language interpretation will be available at the Keynote Panel.
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