Faculty & Graduate Student Publications
Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities have been hard at work. Below are some of their publications and featured stories.
Louis Mendoza, Nancy Raquel Mirabal, William Yslas Vélez, Yolanda Martînez-San Miguel, and Lena Palacios
Latinx Talk, September 2018
This Latinx talk forum focuses on the paltry numbers of Latinx faculty in higher education. This issue of underrepresentation has not been missed by The Chronicle of Higher Education and the American Association of University Professors, who have recently published articles that highlight the low numbers of Latinx faculty compared to rising numbers of Latinx students. We put together this forum to identify what this critique of representation means for our community and for the future of higher education. To initiate this discussion, we asked Latinx faculty from around the country how the underrepresentation of Latinx faculty has impacted their university, their students, and their own well-being. How do Latinx faculty navigate this and thrive in this context? What actions should we take? What goals she we set? What does this portend for the future?
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
International Journal of Feminist Politics, August 2018
Rachmi Diyah Larasati reviews the book Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and Hunger Called Theatre by Dia Da Costa, which "examines the macro-politics of the creative economy using the example of theatre practices as a part of the aesthetic multiculturalism by the state and neoliberal geopolitics."
Tablet Magazine, June 2018
"I was never one of those girls who dreamed about marriage. I never practiced walking down some aisle, never tried on my mother’s wedding dress. (There wasn’t much to try on—my mother had washed it herself instead of sending it to the dry cleaners. My sister, the artist Nancy Katz, immortalized it by fashioning it into a Torah cover.) I never even had a boyfriend until college, and that adventure ended almost as soon as it began, when I came out in 1971. By then, it was clear I wasn’t going to be allowed to get married even if I wanted to, because legal marriage wasn’t something a lesbian could have in those days, even if she wanted it. And why would I?"
Jigna Desai and Kevin Murphy
Critical Ethnic Studies, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Spring 2018.
"Ethnic and [gender/women/sexuality/feminist/queer] studies are critical spaces of knowledge production that theorize the fundamental links between freedom, university, knowledge, and difference. They also interrogate the relationship between the university, state, and communities in the formation of knowledge. In doing so, they question the continued workings of the institution itself. This essay considers questions of difference in the heterogeneous and hierarchical space of the neoliberal university and how we as ethnic and/or GWSFQ studies scholars work in and on it as an institution."
The Chicana/o Education Pipeline History, Institutional Critique, and Resistance, March 2018
"The Chicana/o Education Pipeline explores the relationships between Chicana/o students, families, and communities and the various school settings that comprise the education pipeline, from kindergarten classrooms through postsecondary programs and postgraduate experiences. The essays, which appeared in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies between 1970 and 2015, present a historical overview that spans the 1880s to the present. Selected for their potential to spark discussions about Chicana/o experiences and resilience in US schools, the essays reveal how educational institutions have operated in contradictory ways for Chicana/o students: they have depressed and marginalized as well as emancipated and empowered them."
Fordham University Press, 2017
Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies Terrion Williamson's book, Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, "uses her experiences growing up in the small midwestern city of Peoria, Illinois as the staging ground for a study of how poor and working-class black women upend foregoing notions of black female representation and consequently circumvent the constraints of stereotype discourse in the making of alternative black communal formations and kinship networks."
University of Minnesota Press, 2017
"Claiming 1.5 million lives in 2015, tuberculosis is the world’s most deadly infectious disease. Because of the population it overwhelmingly affects, however, pharmaceutical companies are uninterested in developing better drugs for the disease. Compound Solutions examines Product Development Partnerships (PDPs), which arose early in the twenty-first century to develop new drugs and vaccines for infectious diseases in low-income countries. Here, for the first time, is a sustained examination of PDPs: the work they do, the partnerships they form, their mission, and their underlying philosophy of addressing global health needs—with implications that extend well beyond tuberculosis." - University of Minnesota Press
“The Rethinking of Remembering, Who Lays Claim to Speech in the Wake of Catastrophe, and Is It Important?”
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Memory and Genocide, Routledge, 2017
"In 1965, and the years that followed, Indonesia experienced acts of genocide when the cold war had impacted the country through internal politics and power struggles in many different ways. More than five hundred thousand citizens were killed, accused of being communist. yet the narratives of what happened -- between the state version and those told by family members -- are contested. Up to this day, the Indonesian state has never acknowledged the event, and the families of the victims are continuously seeking justice."
The 2017 Antipode RGS‐IBG Lecture, 2017
"The dominant landscape of knowledge and policy rests on a fundamental inequality: bodies who are seen as hungry are assumed to be available for the interventions of experts, but those experts often obliterate the ways that the hungry actively create politics and knowledge by living a dynamic vision of what is ethical and what makes the good life. Such living frequently involves a creative praxis of refusal against imposed frameworks."
Religion & Gender, December 31, 2017
In this essay SeungGyeong (Jade) Ji, Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate, explores contemporary ChonDoJe, Buddhist abortion death rituals in South Korea.
Stevie Ada Klaark interviews Tia-Simone Gardner
MN Artists, December 7, 2017
An interview with visual artist, educator, Black feminist scholar, and Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Tia-Simone Gardner about her tiny home turned mobile residency, The Inhabitation Project, and the balance between stability, mobility, and intimacy in artists' connections to place.
"Congressman Garret Graves and the Discursive Disappearance of Communities of Color in South Louisiana"
The Migrationist, December 5, 2017
After returning from a year spent conducting fieldwork in Louisiana, Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Simi Kang offers a series of questions "to illuminate how Cajuns’ access to land and other resources requires the endangerment, erasure, and movement of Indigenous nations and other communities of color."
"Bodyminds Like Ours: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Graduate School, Disability and the Politics of Disclosure"
Collaboration with Angela Carter
Negotiating Disability, University of Michigan Press, December 1, 2017
Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Angela Carter collaborated on a chapter in Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education, an anthology that "reveals the pervasiveness of disability issues and considerations within many higher education populations and settings, from classrooms to physical environments to policy impacts on students, faculty, administrators, and staff."
The Gender Policy Report, November 14, 2017
"As the outpouring of harassment stories grows—including from female lawmakers in Congress—this watershed moment suggests that many victims want to speak and the public wants to know."
Walker Magazine, November 9, 2017
"As both a dancer and performance scholar, I reflect on Corbeaux through a multiveiled lens... Through an explicitly interdisciplinary and internationalist focus, performance studies allows us to think about how our bodies move through the world, how our speech can gain significance and transform sociality, as well as the co-constitutive nature of gender, race and sexuality."
Lars Z. Mackenzie
The Gender Policy Report, September 26, 2017
"So long as trans health care is framed as cosmetic, not medically necessary, or an excessive burden on state health and human services budgets, trans Medicaid recipients face impossible decisions about their health and wellbeing. Only 18% of low-income trans people have undergone any type of gender affirmation surgery. One in 3 trans people report that they’ve put off medical care because they cannot afford it. Elected officials have actively created a climate in which trans lives are devalued."
Antiserious, September 12, 2017
Feminist Studies Ph.D. student Sayan Bhattacharya's provocative personal essay, "How to Lose the Betel Smell When You Are Out of Bleaching Powder?", serves to broaden our perspective of this world and to inspire.
Terrion L. Williamson
Souls, Vol. 19, No. 3, July–September 2017
"The serial murders of black women have continued on unabated since 1979, and this article uses the occasion of the Boston murders to discuss how the [Combahee River Collective]'s writing and activism enable a theorization of the serialization of black death that expands meaningfully on the scholarship around serial murder."
"The Rhetoric of Modern-Day Slavery: Analogical Links and Historical Kinks in the United Kingdom's Anti-Trafficking Plan"
philoSOPHIA, State University of New York Press, Summer 2017
As Hill describes, "Trafficking rhetoric creates a discursive context wherein the British government addresses how to control migrants (while appearing to talk about something else) and contain migration (while appearing to target something else)."
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, May 24, 2017
"This essay intervenes in feminist philosophical debates concerned with the relationship between materiality (“matters” of fact) and signification (“meanings” of fact, meanings of matter, and meanings that matter) as pertaining to agency in public life, by bringing Karen Barad's “Posthumanist Performativity” (Barad 2003) into conversation with Hortense Spillers's “‘Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe’: An American Grammar Book” (Spillers 1987)."
The Gender Policy Report, March 2017
"To add such significant safety risk to prescription medications inadequately tested before marketing is inhumane; it treats individuals as guinea pigs while the risk of injury is unevenly spread by income and by gender."
Lars Z. Mackenzie
Transgender Studies Quarterly, February 1, 2017
Credit reports, once solely used to determine individual creditworthiness, have in the past several decades become a tool for authentication processes not directly related to one's capacity to take on debt, namely, in rental housing and employment applications. When trans people change their first names to better align with their gender identities, they often become illegible to credit reporting systems. In this article, the author examines online discussion board posts about trans people's experiences with their credit reports, arguing that the issues trans people encounter illuminate the complex logics of neoliberal capitalism, predatory lending, and the “afterlife” of identification data enabled by big data surveillance.
The Gender Policy Report, January 2017
"While PREA was developed with good intentions by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) in concert with prisoner rights’ advocates from across the country, and has been lauded by the American Civil Liberties Union and Just Detention International, it falls far short of what is needed to protect all prisoners, especially women, people of color, transgender individuals, and disabled people."
The Gender Policy Report, January 2017
GWSS Professor Siri Suh comments on Continuing Contradictions in US Global “Family Planning” Policies.
Richa Nagar with Özlem Aslan, Nadia Z. Hasan, Omme-Salma Tahemtullah, Nishant Upadhyay, and Begüm Uzun
Feminist Studies, 2016
"Intrigued by the collective efforts embodied by the book Playing with Fire, we, the Toronto Group, sat down in 2011 with Richa to talk about the process of collaborative writing, how it challenges hegemonic modes of knowledge production, and what types of relationships sustain such an engagement. Tat initial interview sparked conversations about each of our journeys as activists, intellectuals, and immigrants who live multiple, often bi-national, political lives."
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
"This paper aims to look at the layers of value for Indonesian dance tradition as a form of pedagogy of women’s citizenship. It uses the discourse of Goddess not only as a form of agrarian politics and aesthetic but also as a critique of a different kind of embodiment of womanhood in the context of court dance. Looking at dance technique as a tactic to embody different methods of remembering, it proposes the dancing body not merely as an artistic embodiment in the sense of memory/technique as the materiality of regulation and artistic endeavor, but rather as a philosophical strategy of remembering to encounter different kinds of social and political economies of culture. The paper examines the mode of production that standardizes dance, and interventions negated not only by national projects but also by the global paradigm that strips its grounding by forgetting the spatial concerns of land dispossession."
Girlhood and the Politics of Place, Berghahn Books, 2016
"This chapter seeks to interrogate normative notions of at-risk girlhood and violence, off ering a roadmap for a broader terminology and reconceptualization of gender in girlhood studies. I argue that studying the knowledge produced by girl-driven activist organizations enables activist-scholars to rethink what constitutes girlhood from a perspective critical of how criminalized, homeless and street-involved, and incarcerated girls and gender non-conforming youth."
Journal of Narrative Politics, 2016
"The formulaic ways and categorical terms in which 'we' academics often talk about ourselves has led to deep suspicion of the ways in which exercises in locating or positioning ourselves serve simply to legitimize or authorize ourselves. What is needed instead are stories of building deep relationships and of undertaking long, hard journeys with those who become our 'research subjects'; stories of how we live, grow, learn, and change in and through those journeys."
"Challenging Convictions: Indigenous and Black Race-Radical Feminists Theorizing the Carceral State and Abolitionist Praxis in the United States and Canada"
Meridians: feminism, race, transnationism, Duke University Press, 2016
"This critical ethnic studies intervention focuses on the theoretical interventions driven by Indigenous and Black race-radical feminists and how this has placed these activists at the forefront of anti-violence movement-building. Such an intervention specifically upholds the tensions within and refuses to collapse the radical and revolutionary political traditions and approaches of Indigenous movements for sovereignty and Black race-radical liberatory traditions."
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Meanings of Bandung: Postcolonial Orders and Decolonial Visions, Rowman & Littlefield, November 2016
"This book focuses on Bandung not only as a political and institutional platform, but also as a cultural and spiritual moment, in which formerly colonized peoples came together as global subjects who, with multiple entanglements and aspirations, co-imagined and deliberated on a just settlement to the colonial global order. It conceives of Bandung not just as a concrete political moment but also as an affective touchstone for inquiring into the meaning of the decolonial project more generally."
Elora Halim Chowdhury, Laura Pulido, Nik Heynen, Lainie Rini, Joel Wainwright, Naeem Inayatullah, and Richa Nagar
A Journal of Feminist Geography, August 2016
"Rather than simply address orcritique Nagar's arguments, the six commentators implicitly or explicitly reflect on the paths that they temselves have taken -- or not taken -- in their own journeys in academia and activism, thereby elaborating a lively and embodied response to the conceptual and representational vocabularies and modes of engagement that have been salient for their own intellectual and creative praxis."
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity, June 2016
"This chapter rearticulates the study of female citizenship and the transmission of dance among the Islamic communities of the Sama and Bajau of Southeast Asia. The research examines how indigenous people’s aesthetic practices have been shared, distributed, and passed down through internal genealogical alliances, as well as through transmission in public, internationalized space."
Anti-Trafficking Review, September 2016
Feminist Studies Professor Annie Hill's revelatory article "examines details of [a UK police] raid and its aftermath that are obscured in the official account and offers an alternative interpretation of raid photographs circulated by the media. Findings suggest the rights of women targeted in raids are disregarded and the harm they experience dismissed in order to amplify the state’s anti-trafficking agenda."
Review of Communication, January 19, 2016
Responding to Susan Sontag’s groundbreaking text Illness as Metaphor, Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Annie Hill analyzes breast cancer as a figure of entanglement, drawing on Karen Barad’s theory of agential realism.
Disability Studies Quarterly, 2015
"The classroom ultimately stands as a site where theory meets practice, and as such a place where our material realities meet our theoretical ambitions. Thus, nothing less than a fully integrated and collaborative feminist disability approach to trauma in the classroom will be sufficient for supporting all our students."
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, September 2, 2015
Professor Annie Hill published an article entitled, "SlutWalk as Perifeminist Response to Rape Logic: The Politics of Reclaiming a Name" in the journal of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies in 2015. Dr. Hill explores how SlutWalk subverts rape logic, rendering it apparent and absurd while circulating counterclaims to oppose sexual violence. She argues that by reclaiming “slut” through performative protest and political mobilization, SlutWalk offers trenchant critiques of rape logic’s conflation of clothes and consent.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2015
"This nation does not take kindly to honest talk from black folks who speak cogently about the sinister machinations of race and power that underlie everyday life in America. To assume the designation of 'black public intellectual,' one must possess a certain courageousness of spirit to offer one’s own genius to a bitter world that despises ideas as much as it relies upon them. It is a radical act of vulnerability, and for black people, it requires a willingness to take and issue verbal beatings that are reminiscent of the times of slavery."
"'Right tool,' wrong 'job': Manual vacuum aspiration, post-abortion care and transnational population politics in Senegal"
Social Science and Medicine, April 28, 2015
Professor Siri Suh has recently published an article entitled "'Right tool,' wrong 'job': Manual vacuum aspiration, post-abortion care and transnational population politics in Senegal" in the journal Social Science and Medicine in 2015. Based on an ethnography of Senegal's PAC program conducted between 2010 and 2011, and data collected through interviews with 49 health professionals, observation of PAC treatment and review of abortion records at three hospitals, Dr. Suh analyzes how the “rightness” of a technology for completing a particular task is negotiated by medical professionals, patients, state institutions, manufacturing companies, and non-governmental organizations.
Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism, University of Minnesota Press, 2014
Annie Hill contributes chapter 4 to the book, Negotiating Sex Work, discussing the British government's move to modernize its policy toward sex crimes and those impacts on prostitution.
"Theorizing the Archive: Corporealness, Decolonization of Thinking and Tactics, and Playfulness of Memory"
Kerja Arsip & Pengarsipan Seni Budaya di Indonesia, IVAA, 2014
Feminist Formations, Spring 2014
"The article reveals how particular mass-mediated journalistic discourses of white middle-class “respectability” are normalized and rendered invisible by dominant media institutions. It explores how Canadian mainstream journalism not only interprets reality in ways that reflect reactionary ideologies and prevailing views of “common sense,” but is responsible for constructing that reality."
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
University of Minnesota Press, 2013
Indonesian court dance is famed for its sublime calm and stillness, yet this peaceful surface conceals a time of political repression and mass killing. Rachmi Diyah Larasati reflects on her own experiences as an Indonesian national troupe dancer from a family of persecuted female dancers and activists, examining the relationship between female dancers and the Indonesian state since 1965.
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
"In my grandmother's yard the women whisper and mingle. Inently whispering voices focus on the issue of who is going to perform at the Independence Day celebration, and the task of preparing a special kenduri, or offering, for Ngatini, a dancer who went missing and never returned. Ngatini could not read or write, but her participation in tranditional dance, which has freer movements than the state-approved court dances, caused the regime to suspect her of being a Communist, and Gerwani, the women's movement."
"From the Arab Spring to the Maple Spring: National student Protests Graduate to Transnational Social Movements"
TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, September 2012
"As of this writing, the Maple Spring (Le printemps érable) is in full swing and will be heating up most of the summer. Mass arrests of youths and students have already surpassed the number of people jailed during the 1970 Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) crisis that saw martial law decleared in Quebec. For more than a month now, students and their supporters have been gathering at 8 p.m. every night before marching through Montreal's downtown core, each one of them donning a small red-felt square on a shirt or bag, the symbol of the student protest movement."
University of Illinois Press, 2014
In Muddying the Waters, Richa Nagar embarks on an eloquent and moving exploration of the promises and pitfalls she has encountered during her two decades of transnational feminist work. With stories, encounters, and anecdotes as well as methodological reflections, Nagar grapples with the complexity of working through solidarities, responsibility, and ethics while involved in politically engaged scholarship. The author links the implicit assumptions, issues, and questions involved with scholarship and political action, and explores the epistemological risks and possibilities of creative research that bring these into intimate dialogue.
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South, coedited by Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi, explores how the migrations of Manilamen, Bengali Muslim peddlers, and Chinese merchants and coolies extend the history of Asian Americans in the South into the early nineteenth and twentieth century. Extending the understanding of race and ethnicity in the South beyond the prism of black-white relations, this interdisciplinary collection explores the growth, impact, and significance of Asian Americans in Southern life and discusses the formation of past and emerging Asian American communities in the region. This collection of essays illustrates how Asian Americans have remade the Southern landscape with a visible and vital presence in many towns, suburbs, and cities.
The Transgender Studies Reader 2, co-edited by Aren Aizura and Susan Stryker, is the most comprehensive and rigorous collection of transgender studies scholarship in the field of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As the second volume in this series, this text focuses on recent work and emerging trends in transgender studies. Drawing upon feminist theorizing of the past thirty years, transgender studies provides another lens to view the way cultures use systems of sorting and classifying sex, gender, sexuality, and embodiment in relation to social power and categorical norms. Through transgender, the precise mechanisms of disarticulation, recombination, and re-categorization of sexed and gendered dimensions of personhood come into sharper focus.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Zenzele Isoke’s text Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance explores how contemporary urban spaces are critical sites of resistance for black women. By focusing on the spatial aspects of political resistance of black women in Newark, this book provides new ways of understanding the complex dynamics and innovative political practices within major American cities.