Ends on February 20, 2019

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.


Conference Details: http://csw.ucla.edu/tg19


KEYNOTE PANEL

Abolitionist Feminist Futures

Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State will feature a keynote panel of distinguished scholar-activists.

BETH RICHIE

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

ALISA BIERRIA

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside; Co-founder of Survived & Punished

COLBY LENZ

 PhD Candidate, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC; Co-founder of Survived & Punished

ROMARILYN RALSTON

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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