Research and Collaboration

Graduate Research Conference

“Art/image credit: Namita Paul (Cultural Studies, ’17) Unyielding (www.namipaul.com)”

Art/image credit: Namita Paul (Cultural Studies, ’17) Unyielding (www.namitapaul.com)

Making Livable Futures in the Contemporary Moment

Thursday, May 31, 2018
University of Washington Bothell, WA (directions and campus map)
North Creek Events Center (NCEC)

Free. Please register here.

This year’s conference theme is “Making Livable Futures in the Contemporary Moment” and we invite students, independent scholars and community activists whose research, creative and political practices wrestle with the challenges of imagining livable futures.  At this time, we confront a moment which can reasonably be described as catastrophic – the devaluation of life has become normalized and there is an ever present retreat in to factionalism and fear of difference, all of this takes place on our planet which is imperiled by relentless climatic change and our putative leaders’ willful inability to acknowledge that something must be done, and done soon. And yet, in these times of precarious living there remain multiple practices and strategies of hopefulness and transformation.  This conference serves as a forum to explore the diverse ways in which artists, activists, and academics theorize and engage with strategies to survive, thrive and make life with and for their multivalent communities. What models of survival emerge from our research into the practices that different groups are using to survive and make life? We invite presentations and performances that ask, how might our work creatively mobilize bodies as part of a praxis resistance? What techniques are being used to intervene in the relentless reconstitution of structural inequities?  Where are the places of joy and what are the possibilities of engaging with pleasure?

This conference seeks to trouble the lines that often draw a hard border between knowledges produced inside and outside of the university. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals that think and act across various registers of knowledge making (cerebral, embodied, communal, ancestral, material, digital).

You can read the abstracts here.

Program Schedule 

Welcome

8:00am - 8:45 am
North Creek Events Center


Session 1: Knowledge and the Construction of Liveable Futures

8:45 am - 10:15 am
North Creek Events Center

Nejat Geresu Kedir, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Time, Property, Personhood and Blackness at Sea 

Khairat Salum, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Self, Culture, Language: A Critical Self-Reflexive of Kiswahili (Media installation/presentation)

Meshell Sturgis, Communication, University of Washington, Seattle
Drawing (from) the Demonic Grounds: Which Witch am I? (Paper)

Maisha Manson, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Harnessing Happiness as/in/through Resistance (Workshop skill share)


Break

10:15am - 10:30 am


Session 2: The Sustainable Praxis of Care

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
North Creek Events Center

Beck Diamond, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
A Series: Manifestations (Performance)

Yvonne Antony-Lopez, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Cooking up Community, One Plate at a Time (Paper)

Portia Boyle, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Spilt Milk: Lactation Rooms, Neoliberal Motherhood, and the Domestic Intellectual (Paper)

Frances S. Lee, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Toward An Ethics of Activism: A Community Investigation on Humility, Grace and Self-Responsibility in Social Justice Movements (Paper)


Lunch 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Session 3: Educational Futures

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
North Creek Events Center

Gust Burns and Patrick McGowan, English, University of Washington, Seattle
Non-Ideological Mass Shootings, Gun Control, Securitization: Neo-Liberal Effects (Paper)

Enrico Doan, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
An Unlivable Education: Negotiating Power and Positionality on the University Campus (Paper)

Cesar Rangel, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Washington Tacoma
A Survey of Language Experience and Usage among First Generation Community College Latina/o Students

Angie Cuevas Winkle, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Poetry & Persistence (Workshop skill share)


Transition to session of choice

2:30 pm -2:45 pm
North Creek Events Center


Concurrent Sessions 4 & 5:

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Mediation and Forms of Connections

Rose Room (UW1 Room 280)

Leah Zajac, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Else: Already possibilities from (un)(in)habitable spaces (Paper)

Dani Kissinger, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Futures Beyond Skin: Technologies of Becoming in Altered Carbon (Paper)

Emily Fuller, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Queer Theory, Queer Relations: an auto-ethnographic reflection (Paper) 

Mapping, Gaming and Pedagogical Praxis

North Creek Events  Center

Magdalena Donea and Miranda Riley, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Interactive Storytelling as Critical Pedagogy: Lessons from the Warden Game (Media share)

Jacob Morefield, Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Mapping Development: a look into the process of development in systems of education (Media share)

Samuel Aguiar Iniguez, Youth Aerospace Instructor, Goodwill, Marysville; MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, University of Washington Bothell, 2015
HisJazzRaptoMe (Performance)


Closing performance plenary: Performing Producing Resistant Futures

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
North Creek Events Center

Resist, Subsist: A Contemporary Indigenous Performance

Sierra Campbell (Apsaalooke/Mexican), Delia Gomez (Yaqui/Mexican), Arlie "Hataalii Chee" Neskahi (Dine'), Dustin "Unignax" Newman (Unangax/Deg Hit'an), Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos) and Haliehana "Alagum Ayagaa" Stepetin (Unangax) and Cultural Studies, University of Washington Bothell


Recognition/Closing Ceremony 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
North Creek Events Center


Questions or comments?

Contact the IAS Graduate Office at iasgrad@uw.edu


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