BCNM at NWSA 2019

04 Sep, 2019

BCNM at NWSA 2019

We're so pleased by how many BCNM alumni, faculty, and students will present at the National Women's Studies Association 2019 conference in November in San Francsico. This year's theme is Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing!

Established in 1977, the National Women's Studies Association has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.

Check out their work below!


Lashon Daley

Moderator for The Choreography of Black Girls in the City

In honor of Dr. Nikki Jones and her influential text, "Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence" (2009), “The Choreography of Black Girls in the City” roundtable features a dialogue between Dr. Jones, and her contemporaries Dr. Aimee Cox and the Black/Girlhood Imaginary Working Group on Black feminist epistemologies and methodologies used to examine the implications of institutional violence on Black girls.

Malika Imhotep

with Miyuki Baker

Embodied Citations: The Church of Black Feminist Thought

in Poster Presentation and Art Reception

The Church of Black Feminist Thought (CoBFT) is an Oakland-based embodied study group that utilizes visual art in concert with creative writing to engage and honor the work of black feminist scholars, writers and artists who have offered the world counter-imaginations and strategies for how to thrive in our minds, bodies, and spirits. This poster is a sampling of the theory atlas of illustrated theory maps generated throughout 12 months of group study. Each map visually charts a course through its central text guided by notes generated during the monthly study convenings and pairs it with a hand drawn portrait.

Yairamaren Roman Maldonado

Feminist Methods, Methodological Reconfigurations: Humanizing Deportation, Digital Storytelling, and Latin American Feminist Studies

in Precarity, Feminism, Activism: Trans*Feminist Practices of Community-Based Scholarship in the Americas

This talk will situate Humanizing Deportation, a digital storytelling project with deportees based in Tijuana, within the particular tradition of DS. Taking the methodology beyond this field by posing questions concerning Latin American studies from a feminist perspective, I move away from US-based methodologies in order to think Humanizing Deportation as an emergent feminist methodology from the global south. First, I scrutinize linguistic translation of the methodology. Second, I analyze the ways in which the traditional DS methodology is altered while completing fieldwork in the global south, specifically in the border-region of Tijuana.


Keith Feldman

Enormous and Demanding Contradiction: June Jordan, Refugeehood, and the Gendered Racial State

and moderator for Jewish Feminisms, Zionism, and the Question of Palestine

Our next paper will consider the meaning and impact of June Jordan’s formulation of refugeehood in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly as it was routed through Palestine. In a series of writings that bridge the end of the Cold War, the First Intifada, and the end of apartheid rule in South Africa, Jordan envisions relational practices of sanctuary at once at odds with Israeli narratives of state-authorized forms of security, resolutely committed to combating antisemitism and anti-Muslim racism, and based in a substantive critique of the patriarchal structure of the racial state.


Margaret Rhee

in roundtable on Feminist ART/AIDS

This roundtable brings together participants from three interrelated feminist art and history projects on women and HIV/AIDS in the United States. Grounded in intersectional feminist analysis, and with a focus on the experiences of Black cis and trans women and cis and trans women of color, our conversation among storytellers, makers and writers, will ask and aims to answer what is possible when the boundaries between artists, activists and academics blur to produce meaningful change based in feminist praxis.

Bonnie Ruberg

But can it make men cry?: Gender, affect, and legitimacy in debates about video dames as art

In Race, Gender, and Video Games: Exploring Alternatives

The question of whether video games can be considered “art” has been the topic of debate in both popular culture and academia for decades. This debate has recently come to the fore with the release of growing numbers of non-traditional, artistic games. In the articles and discussions that surround this debate, the measure of games-as-art is commonly whether or not they can make players--and especially men--cry. This paper uses discourse analysis methods to identify and critique the ways the games-as-art debate reflects and perpetuates discrimination notions about the relationship between gender, affect, and legitimacy.