The Center for Research on Women and Social Justice    Eileen Boris, Director    Department of Feminist Studies
University of California    Santa Barbara, CA 93106    Tel 805.893.8444, line 2    Fax 805.893.8676

Women's Studies, Disciplinarity, and Interdisciplinarity: Conversations for Change
This series of lectures and workshop "conversations" explores the past and future of Women's Studies, interrogating issues of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity to Women's Studies, and the relationship of the study of women and gender to disability studies, critical race theory and ethnic studies, transnationalism and postcolonial studies, legal studies, queer studies and science studies. For more information contact Leigh Dodson at or Eileen Boris, Hull Professor of Women's Studies at 893-8444.
Conversations Poster

2008-2009 Speakers:


Feminist Theory and Feminist History
A Workshop Discussion

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
4:00 pm
Center for Black Studies Research
4th Floor, South Hall

With Eileen Boris
Hull Professor and Chair, Department of Feminist Studies, UCSB;

Ellen Carol Dubois
Professor of History, UCLA

Barbara Tomlinson
Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UCSB

Berteke Waaldijk
Historian and Professor of Gender Studies at Utrecht and Visiting Professor in Film and Media Studies, UCSB

... and others

The workshop is a follow up of the project "Feminism and Equal Citizenship: Historical Perspectives", funded by a UC-UU COLLABORATIVE GRANT 2007-2008.

The workshop is sponsored by:

  • Department of Feminist Studies and Center for Research on Women and Social Justice, UCSB
  • Department of History, Comparative Gender Program, UCSB
  • Research Center History and Culture (OGC), Utrecht University
  • Graduate Gender Programme, Faculty of Humanities, UU
  • Department of History, UCLA

Suggested Workshop Readings:

For more information, email: or


Wednesday, March 4
12:15-2:15 pm
Feminist Studies Conference Room, 4631 South Hall

Takyiwaa Manuh
Director Institute of African Studies
University of Ghana

Interdisciplinary Semimar: "Transnational Feminisms in Africa"
co-sponsorred with the African Studies RFG

Participants are encouraged to read the following chapter: Takyiwaa Manuh, "Doing Gender Work in Ghana," in AFRICA AFTER GENDER? ed. Catherine Cole, Takyiwaa Manuh, and Stephan Miescher, pp. 125-49 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007)



Thursday, Feb. 12
1:00 pm
South Hall, Room 4631A

Lila Abu-Lughod
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science
Columbia University

"The Critical Analysis of Social Difference: A Research Agenda"


Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
4:00 to 5:30pm
South Hall, Room 4631A

Karen Brodkin
Anthropology, UCLA

"The Micropolitics of Activism"

A distinguished anthropologist and feminist studies scholar,
Professor Brodkin specializes in social movements, gender, 
work and kinship, political economy, theory, migration, 
race and contemporary North American cultures. Among her 
other books are How Jews Became White Folks And What That 
Says About Race In America and Caring By The Hour: Women, 
Work And Organizing At Duke Medical Center. In the early
1980s, she was Eileen Boris’s jogging partner. 

Come discuss chapter three of her recent book, 
Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles

This book introduces us to a new generation of immigrant 
activists, especially women of color, and their struggles 
for social justice.

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Political Identity Starts at Home


Initial Sponsors:

A Project of the Hull Chair in Women's Studies and its Center for Research on Women and Social Justice, with support from:

UC Humanities Research Institute
UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
Women's Center
Center for Chicano Studies
American Cultures Center
Dramatic Arts
Women's Studies
Center for Black Studies
Women, Culture and Development Program of Global and International Studies
German, Slavic, and Semitic Studies
Law and Society
Asian American Studies

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