New Directions Seminars

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 of such events in 2013-14.

2013 - 2014 New Directions in Feminist Research Seminar

Theme: Global Capitalism and Intimate Industries

Seminar Director:

Rhacel Parrenas, Professor of Sociology & Gender Studies (Dornsife)

PROJECT: Global Capitalism and Intimate Industries

rparrenas @ usc.edu

Seminar Fellows:

Katie Hasson, Assistant Professor of Sociology (Dornsife)

PROJECT: The Global Politics of Menstrual Suppression. Examines the international availability and marketing of menstrual suppression birth control as well as how narratives of menstruation and menstrual products circulate globally.

khasson @ usc.edu

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow with the Gender Studies Program and the Center for Feminist Research (Dornsife)

PROJECT: ‘From Bars to Streets’: Understanding Intimate Industries Through Dance Bars in India. Explores media representations of dance bars and bar dancers in India, particularly how notions of “excess and extraction” are represented and how they are tied to moral panic and social exclusions.

lakkimse @ usc.edu

Nathaniel Burke, Ph.D. student in Sociology (Dornsife)

PROJECT: Performing Masculinity in the Adult Film Industry. Through a survey that interrogates the working experiences of men in pornography, access to employment, pay rates, and job satisfaction will be correlated with workers' demographics to understand how the industry (re)produces norms and ideals of sexuality and masculinity. 

nathaniel.burke @ usc.edu

Feng-Mei Heberer, Ph.D. student in Critical Studies (Cinematic Arts)

PROJECT: Lesbian Factory – On the Production of Love and Care Among Migrant Women Workers in Asia. Draws from scholarship on global migration and neoliberalism, affect theory, queer studies, as well as critical race studies, to investigate documentary and performance videos on Asian transnational subjects and discuss the normalization of minority populations.

fheberer @ usc.edu

Erin Kamler, Ph.D. student in Communication (Annenberg)

PROJECT: Art, Social Justice and Women’s Empowerment: Dramatization as Research in the Trafficking In Persons Space in Thailand. Combines international feminist research with the writing, composing and production of an original musical based on the discourse on the trafficking of women in Thailand.

kamler @ usc.edu

Demetrios Psihopaides, Ph.D. student in Sociology (Dornsife)

PROJECT: Producing Technologies of Trans Subjectivities and Defining US Citizenship. Provides a rigorous, empirically grounded analysis of how heterogendered, racialized, and economic anxieties converge in decentralized, state-sponsored arenas to not only construct the state and definitions of national belonging, but also produce the very technologies of subjectivities that produce a coherent sense of “self.” 

psihopai @ usc.edu



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