Queering Care and Cure, May 2018, Conference Agenda

Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies Research Cluster Conference

Queering Care and Cure

May 3 – 4th, 2018


Memorial Union – 2nd Floor, Garrison, DeCarli, and Fielder Rooms

University of California, Davis



Thursday, May 3rd

8:30am-9:30am: Registration, with coffee, tea, and breakfast items

Memorial Union, 2nd Floor


9:30 – 10:40am Panels


Queer and Trans Health Care


Chair: Jeanne Vaccaro

  • Christoph Hanssmann
    • Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University
    • Proliferating “Cares”: Trans Health Care and the Slippery Politics of Medicine
  • Mauro Sifuentes
    • Education, University of San Francisco
    • Beyond Clinical Care: Trans Youth, Decolonial Pedagogies, and Political Possibility
  • Jen Panhorst
    • Senior Program Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico
    • Harm Beyond Conversion Therapy: Therapeutic Neutrality in Juvenile Residential Mental Health Treatment
  • Eli Erlick
    • Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz
    • The Humanizing Politics of Transgender Health Care
  • Q&A = 10 min.



Resisting Institutional, Structural, and Social Violence


Chair: Rana Jaleel

  • Sage Perdue
    • Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced
    • Captive Medicine: Dualism, Phenomenology, and American Prisons
  • Divya Chand
    • Survivor Advocate, API Chaya, Seattle, WA
    • Sexual Violence of the Cisgaze: Moving beyond binary ciscentric conceptualizations of “rape culture”
  • Nic Ramos
    • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Race in Science and Medicine, Brown University
    • Queer Locations: Deinstitutionalization, De-pathologizing Race and Homosexuality, and Policing “the Dragons” into Skid Row
  • Dilara Yarbrough
    • Criminal Justice Studies, San Francisco State University
    • Queering Harm Reduction: Activist Care at a Peer-led Clinic for Sex Workers
  • Q&A = 10 min.


10:40 – 11:00am: Break


11:00am – 12:10pm Panels


Transnational Approaches to Care and Care Across Borders


Chair: Elisa Oceguera

  • Chuncheng Liu
    • Department of Sociology and Science Studies Program, UCSD
    • This is (Not) Gay Enough: Gay Men’s Perception of the HIV-related Public Health Intervention on Men who have Sex with Men in China
  • Elyssa Fogleman
    • Sociology, UC Davis
    • Negotiating Affect in the Context of Crisis: The Case of Salarymen in Japan
  • Suisui Wang
    • Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
    • Displaced Celebration and Continued Medicalization: International Medical Norm and the Diagnostic Status of Homosexuality in China
  • Laura Meek
    • Cultural Anthropology, UC Davis
    • Curing Pharmaceuticals: Healing and Relational Ontologies in Pharmaceutical Use in Tanzania
  • Q&A = 10 min.



Care Narratives


Chair: Elizabeth Constable

  • Loree Erickson
    • York University
    • Collective Care: Enacting and Practising Transformative Collective Caring
  • Cassandra Hall
    • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University
    • On Being Broken: Toward a Queer, Crip Politics of Care
  • David Caron
    • French and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
    • Caring and Waiting in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Queer Cinema
  • Jennifer Ansley
    • Duke Thompson Writing Program, Duke University
    • Generating Queer Pleasure and Care in Eli Clare’s Exile and Pride
  • Q&A = 10 min.


12:10 – 1:30pm: Lunch


1:30 – 2:40pm Panels


Memoirs of Intimacy, Healing, and Survival


Chair: Ryan Cartwright

  • Deanna Gao and Christian Gella
    • Deanna Gao – UCLA
    • Christian Gella – Asian American Studies, UCLA
    • Memoirs of the Future: QTPOC Joy and Resilience as Healing Resistance
  • Tekla Babyak
    • Independent Scholar
    • The Cross-Dressing Writer and the Ailing Composer: George Sand’s Relationship with Frederic Chopin
  • Aaron Benedetti
    • Cultural Studies, UC Davis
    • Safe Sex, Safe Space
  • Q&A = 10 min.



Critiques of State and Institutional Care


Chair: Sara Giordano

  • Jess Whatcott
    • Politics, UC Santa Cruz
    • Building State Biopower Through Discourses of Care: Women Reformers and Eugenics Policies in Progressive Era California
  • Mauro Osborne and Sé Sullivan
    • Mauro Osborne – Education, University of San Francisco
    • Sé Sullivan – Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley
    • Queering Intergenerational Healing: Race, Gender, and Clinical Violence
  • Cameron Greensmith
    • Department of Social Work and Human Services, Kennesaw State University
    • Necropolitical (Queer) Care: Unsettling the Quotidian in Queer Organizations
  • Meg Howison
    • York University
    • Gifting to Cure: Challenging Dominant Narratives of Educational Integrity
  • Q&A = 10 min.



2:40 – 2:50pm: Break



2:50 – 4:00pm: Workshop

Diana Cage (San Francisco State University) and Theodore (Ted) Kerr (The New School)


What Would an HIV Doula Do?

A Workshop addressing the ongoing
community responses to HIV.

What Would the HIV Doula Do? is a collective of scholars, artists, and
activists, chaplains, doulas, healthcare workers, and others from
across the movement joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis.

We understand a doula as someone in a community who holds space for
others during times of transition. For us, HIV is a series of
transitions in someone’s life that does not start with being tested or
getting a diagnosis, nor end with treatment or death. Foundational to
our process is asking questions.

In this workshop, founding members Cage and Kerr will
engage participants through group conversations, writing prompts and
collaborative exercises to consider how they know what they know about
HIV, history and care, and how their awareness impacts the their
health and well being and the health and well being of people living
with HIV. Throughout the session Cage and Kerr will showcase the work
that WWHIVDD has done to doula themselves, their communities and the
cultures they live in to better increase life chances for people
living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS.

WWHIVDD understands that nobody gets HIV alone and so nobody should
deal with it alone. How do we rebuild and highlight the capacities for
HIV care and activism within our communities?


4:00 – 6:00pm Keynote: Dean Spade

Dean Spade is a trans activist, lawyer, writer, and Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law.


How Social Movements Feel and Care 

As organizers know, social movements are made of relationships. While efforts to dismantle, reform, and reimagine are often focused on critical analysis and material outcomes, much of what determines the impacts of social movements are the social relations, conflicts, and emotional capacities of participants. People come to movements to care for one another and to be cared for. At the same time, the new social relations we propose in our calls for prison and border abolition, community accountability, disability justice, and collective self-determination require skills and capacities we are still struggling to imagine and develop. In this talk, Dean Spade will look at some of the questions facing contemporary movements about our being together.



6:00 – 7:30pm: Dinner



7:30 – 9pm: Creative Showcase


Davis Arts Center (located in the Atrium room)

1919 F. Street

Davis, CA 95616


Featuring works and projects by:

  • Molly Alloy
    • Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art
    • Resting Place (architectural paint, paint marker, and graphite on birch plywood)
  • Shannon Forwood-Connors, Sarah Iv, Tanya Martinez, Grace Petersen, and Silas Stockton, working with Dr. Sara Giordano and Maya Cruz
    • UC Davis
    • Engaging with Feminist Science to Research Breast Cancer and the Environment in California Latinx Populations
  • Uyen Hoang
    • MA/MPH, UCLA
    • Projections
  • James Knowlton
    • Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art
    • Ophelia (2017)
  • Maya Cruz, Caro Novella, Russell Thomas, and Bethany Williams
    • UC Davis
    • Transfeminist Performance
  • Tania Quintana
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Psychology, UC Davis
    • Self Care as a Radical Act
  • Jordan Reznick
    • History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz
    • Queer Babes
  • Laura Rivera
    • Studio Art, UC Davis
    • Nuestra Casa
  • Francesca Tettamanzi
    • Sustainable Environmental Design and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, UC Davis
    • Sad Girl
  • Brittany Windsor
    • Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art
    • Washing the blood out of my bedsheets
  • JM Wong
    • Registered Nurse, and Graduate Student in Occupational Health
    • Caring: A Labor of Stolen Time


After-party: in Davis, CA. KetMoRee – 238 G St, Davis, CA 95616



Friday, May 4th

8:30am-9:30am: Registration, with coffee, tea, and breakfast items

Memorial Union, 2nd Floor


9:30am – 10:40am Panels


Alternative Approaches to Administering Care


Chair: Stephanie Maroney

  • Daniel Roberts
    • English Literature and Culture, University of Washington
    • “Turning the Asylum into a Playground”: Envisioning Alternatives to the Mental Health-Industrial Complex
  • Lauren Berliner
    • School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell
    • We’re here, we’re queer, we’re asking for your funds! Crowdfunding healthcare in radical networks
  • Sasha A. Khan
    • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University
    • Autoimmune: A “Medicinal History” of Embodied Trauma within the Medical-Industrial Complex
  • Emma Waldron
    • Performance Studies, UC Davis
    • Feeling Good: ASMR and the Discourse of Therapy
  • Q&A = 10 min.


Emerging Scholars Panel

9:30am-10:40am, 8-10 minute presentations with short Q&A following

Chair: Alex Fine

  • Tania Quintana
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Psychology, UC Davis
    • Auto-Ethnography: Engen(trification)
  • Tess Jewell
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Biology, Oberlin College
    • Gendering Genital: Medical Discourse and Healthcare Provider Education on Intersex Conditions
  • Nicholas Villarreal
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, UC Davis
    • Queerness and Non-Able Bodies: A New Narrative of the American Family
  • Daryn Copeland
    • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Mills College
    • Israel’s Pharmaceutical Industry and the Political Economy of Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Emma Williams
    • Comparative American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Oberlin College
    • Using Memory-Loss Care to Construct Queer Spaces and Temporalities
  • Ja’nos Kovacs Navarro
    • Senior Exchange Student and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, UC Davis
    • Confiscating Gender: The Institutional Control of Trans Women’s Agency in Penitencieria Santiago Sur
  • Kirsten Mojziszek
    • Neuroscience, Oberlin College
    • Oberlin Bystander Intervention: Community Accountability as Community Care
  • Q&A = 10 min.

10:40 – 11:00am: Break



11:00am – 12:10pm Panels


Inanimate and Nonhuman Objects and Practices of Care


Chair: Xan Chacko

  • Erin Obodiac
    • Cornell University
    • Medical Marionettes: Personhood, Care, and Robotic Technologies
  • Megan Arkenberg
    • English, UC Davis
    • Black Mirror’s Cartesian Heteronormativity
  • Carolina Novella
    • Performance Studies, UC Davis
    • Rehearsal as Method: Enchanting/Enacting the Trans Body
  • Ray San Diego
    • Culture and Theory, UC Irvine
    • Fantasies of Im/Mobility: Race, Disability, and Sexuality in Asa Akira’s The Center
  • Q&A = 10 min.


12:10 – 1:30pm: Lunch


1:30 – 2:40pm Panels


Attachments, Affects, and Transmissions


Chair: Elizabeth Freeman

  • Eric Taggart
    • Psychotherapist and Performance Studies, UC Davis
    • Glitchy Objects // Toward a Remediation of the Strange Situation Experiment and Disoriented Attachment
  • Jonathan Magat
    • Performance Studies, Northwestern University
    • “Mourning Sickness”: Vital Extensions of Lost Time with Kia LaBeija’s 24
  • Jonathan Doucette
    • Cultural Studies, UC Davis
    • Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: An Illness of Perception
  • Q&A = 10 min.


Mental Health and Dis/Ability


Chair: Amanda Modell

  • Amber Muller
    • Performance Studies, UC Davis
    • Roughnecking: Money, Manhood, and Mental Health Crisis in Alberta’s Petroleum Economy Paper Proposal
  • Mercer Gary
    • Philosophy and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University
    • Cvetkovich’s Depressive Continuum
  • Safiya K-J
    • English, University of Washington
    • Painting The White House Blue: The Re-Inscription of White Supremacy Through Cultural (Mis)Representations of Autism
  • Q&A = 10 min.


2:40 – 3:00pm: Break


3:00 – 3:30pm: Closing Remarks