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October 2017

ROUNDTABLE: Queer Resistance

October 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dr. Pavithra Prasad is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. Her talk, “Alienation and Shape-Shifting in Vulgar Times,” offers a perspective on alienation and shape-shifting as an effective source of coalition building and resistance. Dr. Aimee Carrillo Rowe is Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge and the author of Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances and Answer the Call: Virtual Migration in Indian Call Centers. Her talk, “A Queer Indigenous Manifesto: Creating Homeland, Cruising Aztlán,” tracks various decolonialized sites and creative practices to declare a queer commitment to Indigenous relations, lives and land. Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Global Environmental Justice Project, the Dept. of Asian American Studies, the Dept. of Global Studies, the LGBTQ Studies Minor, and the Hull Chair…

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February 2018

Research Focus Group Conference: Queer Hemisphere: América Cuir

February 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Queer Hemisphere: América Cuir is a two-day conference comprised of six interdisciplinary graduate student panels, two keynote presentations, one by Prof. Sayak Valencia (author of Capitalismo Gore) and the other by performance artist Lorena Wolffer (Mapping Dissent), a keywords dialogue with Prof. Marcia Ochoa (UCSC), and a charla with UCSB Profs. Micaela Díaz-Sánchez and Cherríe Moraga. On the conference theme: This conference will bring together scholars from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, other Andean countries, as well as Latinx communities in the US, along with activists and performers, to analyze the challenges of studying gender and sexuality in the Americas, under the current threat of racist populism, state violence, and new forms of mobilization. Queer Hemisphere: América Cuir grows out of a UCHRI-sponsored working group by the same name. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; the Latin American & Iberian Studies Program;…

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December 2018

Research Focus Group Talk: “I just needed a place to sleep”: Sex Offense, Housing Insecurity, and the Value of Surplus Sex
Terrance Wooten

December 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Registered sex offenders frequently report experiencing homelessness due to their stigmatized and heavily policed status. As a result, many have to rely on various sectors of the informal economy to survive in a system that is designed to keep them in perpetual motion while also demanding they be visible, discoverable, and traceable to a fixed location for public safety. In this talk, Terrance Wooten interrogates the ways in which the sex offender registry not only produces housing insecurity for sex offender registrants but also creates the conditions under which housing insecure registrants are forced to engage in survival sex in exchange for a place to sleep. Terrance Wooten is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is currently working on his first book manuscript, tentatively titled Lurking in the Shadows of Home: Homelessness,…

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March 2019

Research Focus Group Event: A Talk with Sex Workers Outreach Project-Los Angeles

March 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sex Workers Outreach Project-Los Angeles is a local chapter of SWOP-USA, a national grassroots social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education, community building, and advocacy. SWOP is committed to the safety, autonomy, and human rights of people in the sex trade, and stands in solidarity with the many social justice moments intersectional to our own, including but not limited to Black Lives Matter, disability rights, drug and immigration reform, gender equality and the LGBTQ movement, and the rights of the working class. In this presentation and workshop, members of SWOP-LA will discuss their advocacy work and community building, particularly in light of SESTA/FOSTA, recent legislation that has limited sex workers’ access to harm reduction resources, as well as how to build solidarity with workers from…

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May 2019

Research Focus Group Conference: China Rising

May 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - May 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

On May 2 and 3, UC Santa Barbara is hosting a group of scholars, Ford Foundation project officers, film makers and movement leaders on campus. This group from China, Brazil and Ecuador offers novel “southern” or subaltern perspectives on China’s massive contemporary presence in Africa, Middle East and Latin America. This process of Chinese engagement across the continents of the global south may represent one of the most significant global-scale transformations of our era, challenging us to think differently about south-south relations, environmental politics, area studies, history, geopolitics, and social change. This group of visitors to our campus utilize lenses of gender, sexuality and race to address these questions of culture, infrastructure and globalization to contextualize “China Rising” or “China Stepping out into the World.” 'CHINA RISING' CONFERENCE INAUGURAL EVENT 3pm-7pm: THURSDAY, May 2nd:  Multicultural Center Theater:  3pm: SCREENING OF FILM:…

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