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IU Women’s and Gender Studies Conference

Apr 05 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Indiana University Northwest - Gary


Indiana University Northwest


Indiana University Northwest announces the 31st Annual Indiana University Intercampus Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 5.

The theme for the daylong conference, taking place throughout the Arts & Sciences Building, is Women and Power: Policing Gender in Public Spaces. Six IU campuses will be represented at the conference, making for many robust, inter-disciplinary sessions addressing a variety of topics that focus on gender issues. These include the birthing process and motherhood, reproductive rights, women and work, violence against women, gender and identity, women and health, and women’s autonomy and agency in patriarchal contexts.

Check-in and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcome by Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Vicki Román-Lagunas. Breakout sessions will take place throughout the morning, followed by a break for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

At 1 p.m., the conference’s keynote speaker, Dr. Sherene Razack, a distinguished professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will speak on “The Racial/Spatial Politics of Banning the Muslim Woman’s Niqab.”

Razack’s teaching and research focus is on racial violence and she has written six books on the subject. Her presentation addresses the banning of Niqabi in public spaces.

“By banning Muslim women from wearing the niqab in public,” Razack says, “we deny them the right to public space, even as they are formally citizens. The ban on Niqabi secures us from the sight of the niqab, but pre-empts any recognition of the other’s humanity. This pre-emption troubles us. Our rage at niqabi women conceals the ambivalence and desire that marks the encounter.”

Following Razack’s presentation, an expert faculty panel will lead a discussion on the topic, followed by more breakout sessions at 2:30 p.m. The day will close at 5 p.m. with refreshments.

The conference, hosted by the IU Northwest Women’s and Gender Studies Program, is co-sponsored by the IU Office of Vice President for Research, and the IU Northwest Offices of the Chancellor; Academic Affairs; Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; and the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Tanice Foltz at tfoltz@iun.edu or 219-980-6786 or Sherri Sosh at 219-980-6714.


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