New Majorities, Shifting Priorities:
Difference and Demographics in the 21st Century Academy
Friday, March 4th, 2011
9 am to 5 pm
UCLA Campus, Royce Hall Room 314
The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
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The UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is pleased to invite you to an upcoming conference that will address challenges now facing women’s, gender, sexuality, LGBT, ethnic, race, and postcolonial studies in the academy. The
current economic climate has given rise to a crisis in higher education, and the relevance of work being done in these areas of study is being questioned. Budgets are being cut, while numerous programs face the threat of downsizing or closure. CSW, together with the Center for the Study of
Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at NYU, organized this event as a response to these challenges by bringing experts in the above-mentioned fields together for two roundtable discussions. The roundtable participants will post position papers available to conference attendees on February 15th and these papers will provide the basis for engaged and sustained discussion with the audience on the topics and questions below:
Roundtable #1: Curriculum and Research in Gender, Sexuality, LGBT, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Postcolonial Studies (9:30-12:00)
This panel is devoted to developing the most innovative and trenchant arguments that can be made for teaching and research in the areas of gender, sexuality, women’s, LGBT studies and the overlapping and intersecting fields of ethnic and postcolonial studies. Rather than remain on the defensive, fighting to keep the programs we currently have when they are attacked, might we instead take the opportunity to articulate broad, affirmative, forward looking new visions for the 21st century?
Panelists will articulate their intellectual, pedagogical and political visions for the future of these field(s) and address how they might imagine the place of gender, sexuality, women’s, LGBT, ethnic and postcolonial studies if they suddenly could remake the academy in any way they wished. Other questions the panelists will address include: How would you envision these fields of study as central rather than marginal to the academic mission? How might you organize them in relation to the humanities, social
sciences, sciences and professional education (divisions that you may also wish to question/remake)? How could your vision be put into play in the many dialogues occurring now about reorganizing the university? The focus for these papers, and this roundtable, will be on the intellectual grounds for remaking our fields, while the 2nd panel will focus more centrally on the institutional organization of them.
Roundtable #1 Participants:
Lisa Duggan, New York University
Rod Ferguson, University of Minnesota
Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
Laura Kang, University of California, Irvine
Sandra Soto, University of Arizona
Sarita See, University of Michigan
Roundtable #2: Academic Departments and Research Centers (1:30-4:00)
This roundtable is devoted to envisioning the best institutional structures, arrangements, and relationships among units devoted to teaching and research in the areas of gender, sexuality, women’s, LGBT studies and the related fields of ethnic and postcolonial studies. Participants will articulate what those institutional arrangements or structures might be based on their intellectual and administrative expertise and experience, considering how they would proceed if they suddenly had the power to remake the university in any way that they wanted. Other questions include: how would you
institutionalize gender, women’s, LGBT, postcolonial, and ethnic studies? How could the university be structured to position these areas and concerns as central rather than marginal to the academic mission? Participants will
reflect on the current crises and challenges facing their particular institution or higher education as a whole — from contingent labor and reduction of ladder faculty positions, to the student as consumer model, to the new metrics through which universities and their corporate guardians are assessing what works and what doesn’t. In the face of these shifts, are there specific institutional or structural arguments that gender and sexuality studies or ethnic and post-colonial studies are especially positioned to offer as a counter to the corporatized university?
Roundtable #2 Participants:
Laura Briggs, University of Arizona
Kathleen McHugh, UCLA
Ann Pellegrini, New York University
Angela Riley, UCLA
Jenny Sharpe, UCLA
Kathryn Stockton, University of Utah
New Majorities is cosponsored by the University of California Humanities Research Institute; UCLA College of Letters and Science, Division of Social Sciences; UCLA College of Letters and Science, Division of Humanities; UCLA Department of Women’s Studies, UCLA LGBT Studies Program; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA; UCLA César Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies; UCLA Afro-American Studies Program; UCLA American Indian Studies Center; UCLA American Indian Studies Program; UCLA Asian American Studies Center; and UCLA Department of Asian American Studies.