Center for Feminist Research Announcements
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS
USC Center for Feminist Research
NEW DIRECTIONS IN FEMINIST RESEARCH
2013-2014 Seminar Theme: “Global Capitalism and Intimate Industries”
Seminar Director: Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
Each year, the CFR sponsors an interdisciplinary research seminar broadly related to feminist topics, themes, or methods. The seminar's theme in 2013-2014 is “Global Capitalism and Intimate Industries,” and will be directed by Professor Rhacel Salazar Parreñas (Sociology and Gender Studies).We are now inviting applications from USC faculty and advanced graduate students to become 2013-2014 New Directions Fellows. Faculty fellows are awarded research stipends of $2500 and graduate student fellows receive $1000 to pursue their own research related to the seminar's theme.
The 2013-2014 seminar will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to advance the humanities and social science literature on gender, labor, and global capitalism. The seminar focuses on “intimate industries” in peripheral economies, meaning industries that commodify intimacies including affect, care, reproduction, and sex in the ‘Global South’. Examples of these industries include international marriage brokerages, migrant care work training centers, medical tourism facilities, sex tourism companies, internet pornography businesses, cultural tourism institutions, call centers, adoption centers, and surrogacy clinics.
Seminar participants will examine the distinctive elements of markets for intimate industries, and account for the construction of race, gender, sexuality and nation in intimate labor. Employing a multi-scalar approach, the seminar will interrogate the social relations constructed in intimate industries, such as relations between surrogates and mothers, care workers and wards, and migrant remitters and recipients. Seminar participants will also examine how the state regulates intimate industries, illustrating how state and transnational regulations and public anxieties that are gendered and racialized often emerge alongside the commodification of intimacy. Lastly, the seminar will explore how intimate industries reconfigure the political economy of globalization. Scholars conducting international research are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit a CV of no more than four pages, and a two-page description of their ongoing or proposed research on by March 15 to Rebecca Das: firstname.lastname@example.org. Next year’s Fellows will be announced by mid-April. New Directions in Feminist Research Seminars offer a setting where faculty and advanced graduate students pursuing related research can work intensively on their own ongoing projects in a collegial atmosphere that encourages productive experimentation and provides both intellectual and material support. During the course of the academic year, New Directions Fellows participate in a series of workshop sessions focused on the development and presentation of their own work. Fellows are expected to meet in seminar at least six times during the academic year. They are also expected to participate in related public seminar events.
The Spring 2013 Gender Studies & CFR Noontime Lecture Series Calendar is available!
The Center For Feminist Research is pleased to announce that the 2012-13 New Directions in Feminist Research Seminar, directed by Professor Karen Tongson, will focus on "Gender, Race, Sexuality and the Politics of Popular Music." In addition to Tongson, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies, next year's seminar will include the following group of faculty and graduate students:
1. Edwin Hill, Assistant Professor of French, Italian, Comparative Literature and American Studies and Ethnicity (Dornsife). His project "La Rage: Losing it in the French Peripheries," explores anti-colonial discourses of rage in French hip-hop culture and literature, in order to offer a timely intervention into debates about the 2005 and 2007 riots in the French banlieus, or urban peripheries, and France's "ultra-peripheries"--its colonial territories in the West Indies.
2. Kara Keeling, Associate Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), and African American Studies in American Studies and Ethnicity (Dornsife). Her project, "'Electric Feel': Transduction, Errantry and the Refrain" ascertains what logics inherited from particular popular musics might offer ongoing efforts to renegotiate bonds, institutions and political possibilities shaped by the violences characteristic of capitalism, white supremacy, neoliberal multiculturalism and contemporary geopolitics.
3. Josh Kun, Associate Professor of Communication (Annenberg) and American Studies and Ethnicity (Dornsife). His project, titled "The World Begins Here: Love and Death and Music in Tijuana" tracks the transnational flows of culture from Tijuana's founding as a family-owned cattle ranch in the aftermath of the 19th century creation of a US-Mexico border, to its current state as a chaotic urban sprawl of well over two million people. In these histories, Kun hears what he calls the 'aural border': a bi-national territory of sonic performance and listening; of melodic convergence and dissonant clashing.
4. Shana Redmond, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity (Dornsife). Her project, "Timing is Everything: The Feminine Antiphonies in 'We are the World'" revisits this anthem of global "relief"--particularly its redeployment in the wake of the 2010 earthquake disaster in Haiti--in order to expose the feminized musical tropes that organize conditions of aid and aid occupation, which developed in post-disaster sites like Ethiopia in 1985, and Haiti in 2010.
5. Mina Yang, Assistant Professor of Music (Thornton). Her project, "Dancing into Visibility: Asian-American B-Boys and the Hip-Hop Trans-Nation," situates her extensive research on b-boying in Asia and Asian America within the context of racial discourses in the United States and hip-hop history, and against the backdrop of emergent transpacific economies and cultural geographies.
6. Micha Cardenas, Ph.D. student in Interdivisional Media Arts and Practice (SCA); artist and theorist. Her project, titled "Femme Disturbance," combines scholarship, poetry and performance components to explore how musicality and figures like Janelle Monae and Ke$ha (among others) help foster antirationalist theories of genderqueer solidarity, politics and action.
The CFR's "New Directions in Feminist Research" is organized annually around a particular theme. The seminar offers participants an opportunity to work collectively on thematically linked projects, and also creates public events--invited speakers, panels, conferences--that engage the broader feminist community of faculty and students at USC. Stay tuned for announcements for such events in 2012-13.
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