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DCC Annual Conference: Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

ALTHOUGH THE PRIVILEGES AND PROTECTIONS PROVIDED by the state are never entirely secure, there are those whose gender, sexual, and racial positioning give them an especially precarious hold on both the legal and symbolic rights of citizenship. In its 2017 Annual Conference, “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race,” Penn DCC examines the struggles of vulnerable groups to gain or maintain their status as full citizens, recognizing at the same time that the edge they inhabit can be a cutting edge. 


9:00-9:15 - Welcome

9:15-10:45 a.m. - Sexualities, Citizenship and Exclusion

Chair: Emily Hannum Professor of Sociology and Education; Affiliated Faculty, Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (University of Pennsylvania)

Paul Mepschen Lecturer in Social Anthropology (Leiden University)
Sexual Democracy, Cultural Alterity and the Politics of Everyday Life in Amsterdam (PDF)

Tracy Robinson Senior Lecturer, The Faculty of Law (The University of the West Indies, at Mona)
New-old Law in the Postcolony: Regulating Sex in the Anglophone Caribbean (PDF)

Discussant: Deborah Thomas R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor of Anthropology; Core Faculty, Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (University of Pennsylvania)

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Masculinity, From Margin to Center

Chair: Jerry A. Jacobs Professor of Sociology; Core Faculty, Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Erez Aloni Assistant Professor of Law (Whittier Law School)
The Trinity of Inequality: Wealth, Marriage, and Masculinity (PDF)

Charles Mills
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy (CUNY Graduate Center)
“I Am a Man” and “I Am Not Your Negro”: Negotiating Black Masculinity Under White Supremacy (PDF)

Discussant: David Eng Richard L. Fisher Professor of English; Core Faculty, Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (University of Pennsylvania)

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Break for Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m. - Marginalized Populations and Civic Space

Chair: Amy Hillier Associate Professor, PennDesign and School of Social Policy and Practice

Samantha Majic Associate Professor of Political Science (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
It’s Blue and It’s Up to You! Examining Federal Anti-Trafficking Awareness Campaigns in the United States (PDF)

Michael Rembis
Associate Professor of History (The University at Buffalo)
Madness and Violence in 19th Century United States (PDF)

Discussant: Rogers Smith Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science (University of Pennsylvania)

3:15-4:45 p.m. - Sexual Violence, Violent States

Chair: Anne Teitelman Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair Associate Professor in Global Women’s Health; Core Faculty, Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Mishuana Goeman Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Gender Studies (UCLA)
"You Tell me your Stories, and I will tell you mine...": Witnessing and Combatting Native Women's Extirpation in American Indian Literature (PDF)

Kimberly Theidon Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies (Tufts University)
Reproductive Warfare: Enforced Sterilizations in Peru (PDF)

Discussant: Melissa Sanchez Associate Professor of English; Core Faculty, Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (University of Pennsylvania)

4:45-5:00 p.m. - Concluding Discussion

5:00-6:00 p.m. - Reception

Panelist Profiles

EREZ ALONI is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Whittier Law School. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Penn Law (welcome back to Philadelphia, Erez).  His main research and teaching interests lie in the legal regulations surrounding nonmarital partnerships and complex forms of family.  His current projects focus on a “menu-of-options” for legal recognition of relationships; legal policies that affect the lives of nonrecognized family units; and promoting redistribution of resources as a goal of family law.  Before Whittier, Aloni held the Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship at Columbia Law School, where he pursued both grassroots work at the Center for Reproductive Rights and an academic research agenda at Columbia Law School.  He received his LL.B. from the College of Management School of Law in Israel.

MISHUANA GOEMAN is the Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at UCLA.  Her work focuses on Native women’s literature, Native feminisms, gender equity for Native Americans, and indigenous nation-building. Her 2013 book, Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations, traces settler colonialism as an enduring form of gendered spatial violence, demonstrating how it persists in the contemporary context of neoliberal globalization. Providing close readings of literary texts, the book argues that it is vital to refocus the efforts of Native nations beyond replicating settler models of territory, jurisdiction, and race. She is a recipient of the “Feldman Award for most outstanding publication contributing to social change” and a member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians.

SAMANTHA MAJIC is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Her research interests are in sex work, civic engagement, institutionalism, and the nonprofit sector. She is the author of Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), and the co-editor (with Carisa Showden) of Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Her research has also appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, New Political Science, Gender and Society, Critical Policy Studies, and The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy. A Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Dr. Majic is also a member of the Perspectives on Politics editorial board.  She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.

PAUL MEPSCHEN is lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam. His work deals with the politics of belonging, citizenship, and urban politics in Western Europe. His interests include cultural and sexual politics, migration, race and racism, sexuality and queer theory; and religion and secularism. He is currently working on a research project on the urban politics and historical anthropology of LGBTIQ pride, focusing on the sexual politics of 'Europe'.  He has contributed chapters to several books, including the upcoming National Politics and Sexuality in Transregional Perspective from Routledge. He received his PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam for his dissertation, Everyday autochthony. Difference, discontent, and the politics of home in Amsterdam.

CHARLES MILLS is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Mills' main research interests are in political theory (radical and oppositional), particularly around issues of social class, gender, and race. He has published numerous articles on Marxism, critical race theory, and African-American philosophy. His 1997 book, The Racial Contract, won a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in North America. He co-edited the volume, Simianization: Apes, Gender, Class, and Race, and has a book forthcoming from Oxford University Press, Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism.  He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto and his BSc from the University of the West Indies. This year, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

MICHAEL REMBIS is the Director of the Center for Disability Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo. His research interests include the history of institutionalization, mad people’s history, and the history of eugenics. He is the author of Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890-1960; editor of the volume, Disabling Domesticity; and co-editor of [The Oxford] Handbook of Disability History.  In 2012, Rembis and co-editor Kim Nielsen launched the Disability Histories book series with University of Illinois Press, for which he co-edited the volume, Disability Histories.  He is currently working on a book entitled, ‘A Secret Worth Knowing’: Living Mad Lives in the Shadow of the Asylum.  He received his doctoral degree from the University of Arizona. 

TRACY ROBINSON is a Jamaican attorney and lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies. She served as commissioner on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) from 2012 to 2015 and in 2014 was elected as chair of the organization. She has served as the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women since January 2012 for the Organization of American States (OAS) and helped establish the Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI. As a lawyer, she has tackled such issues as women's poverty and child support, protection for human rights defenders who are working on equality issues, and equality for LGBTI Caribbean citizens.  Robinson has served as editor of the Caribbean Law Bulletin and has written numerous journal articles. She is co-editor of the volume, Transitions in Caribbean Law: Lawmaking, Constitutionalism and the Confluence of National and International Law.

KIMBERLY THEIDON is Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A medical anthropologist focusing on Latin America, her research interests include political violence, transitional justice, humanitarian and post-conflict interventions, gender studies and drug policy. She is the author of many articles and commissioned reports. Her book, Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru, published by Penn Press, was awarded the 2013 Honorable Mention from the Washington Office on Latin America-Duke University Libraries Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, and the 2013 Honorable Mention for the Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology for research on gender and health. She is currently completing two book manuscripts: Pasts Imperfect: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia; and Sex at the Security Council: A Greater Measure of Justice, whichdraws upon her research in Peru on sexual violence, children born of wartime rape, and the politics of reparations.