Joint conference hosted by the Women and Gender and Global Perspectives with the Gender & Women's Studies Department

Conference organized by graduate students from WGGP and GWS: Amaury J. Rijo Sánchez (Sociology), Nehal Elmeligy (Sociology), Marina Moscoso-Arabía (Geography), and Mahbubeh Moqadam (Sociology). 

April 4-5, 2024
Illini Union, Room A

This conference is free, but pre-registration is appreciated to provide conference materials and luncheon.

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Wednesday, April 3

4:00pm                 Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Rasha Azab, “Trapped

Thursday, April 4

8:00-8:30              Registration /Coffee

8:30-8:40              Welcome Remarks

                              Colleen Murphy, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program
                              Mimi Nguyen, Gender & Women’s Studies

8:40-9:05              Common Differences Then and Now: Geographies of Feminist Journeys
                              Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
                              Ann Russo, DePaul University

9:10-10:40           Session One: Voicing the Invisibles
                              Moderator: Daniela Morales

                                Evelyne Accad, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Lebanese American University
                                Healing Cultures in War Times

                                Hayriye Kara, Kaos GL Refugee Rights Program Coordinator/Lawyer
                                Solidarity Knows No Border Just Like the Rainbow

                                Raiza Kolia, Reaching Across Borders
When looking away and not doing anything is not an option!

                                Amaury J. Rijo Sánchez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
“Podemos ser otro tipo de hombre”: Deconstructing Toxic Masculinities Through Feminist Media Activism

10:50-12:20         Session Two: Role of Academia, Alt. Forms of Research & Ethics
                                Moderator: Amaury J. Rijo Sánchez

                                Jessica Greenberg, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
                                Feminist Mentoring: Institutionalizing Best Practices

                                Annah Moyo, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
                                Transitional Justice and Gendered Dimensions of Violence and Harm: African Perspectives on How Far We Have Come in Incorporating
Feminist Approaches to TJ

                                Marina Moscoso-Arabía, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
                                Ni pías ni putas: A tale of imaginaries and omissions 

                                Shimaa Tantawy, Feminist writer and researcher, Co- Founder of Barah Aman Foundation
                                The importance of monitoring and documentation in advocacy efforts for legislative reform and societal change, and the impact of language and discourse on public awareness in Egypt regarding gender-based violence in private spaces.

12:30-1:15          Lunch and networking (Illini Room B)

1:15-2:45             Session Three: Formal Politics & Changes from Within
                                Moderator: Andrea Pimentel Rivera

                                Rep. Mariana Nogales Molinelli, House of Representatives of Puerto Rico
Women activists, the fight to protect the environment, affirm the public access to beaches and the consequences we face 

                                Tania Rosario Méndez, MPH (she/her) , Taller Salud
Taller Salud: a multilevel political advocacy model to achieve health equity and end all forms of violence in Puerto Rico.

                                Nayereh Tohidi (she/her), Professor Emeritus, California State University, Northridge
Transnational Solidarity through glocal feminisms' 

3:00-4:30             Session Four: Artivisms & Media
                                Moderator: Mahbubeh Moqadam

                                Rasha Azab (she/her), Writer/Script-writer and journalist (freelancing)
                                Modern Forms of Violence Against Women in Egypt

                               Christine Choy (she/her), Full Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
                               Dare to Challenge: A talk with Christine Choy, Pioneer of Asian American Filmmaking

                               Nehal Elmeligy (she/her), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Re-Mapping #MeToo’s Global Timeline: Orientalist Discursive Violence and #MeToo in Egypt

                               Maraym Kashani (she/her), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Mobile Responsibilities: Care-full Strategies of Palestinian Solidarity and Image-Making

6:00-7:15              Keynote Lecture:  Dr. Amina Mama, UC Davis

7:30-8:30              Networking Reception
                                Latzer Hall, University YMCA
                                1001 S. Wright Street

Friday, April 5

8:30-9:00              Registration /Coffee

9:00-10:30          Session Five: Diaspora, Exile & International Solidarity
                                Moderator: Nehal Elmeligy

                                Damian Vergara Bracamontes (he/him), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
                                Abolish or Adapt: Pinkwashing ICE through Transgender “Care”

                                Nadine Naber, University of Illinois Chicago
Decolonial Abolitionist Feminist Solidarities: From Turtle Island to Palestine 

                                Mahbubeh Moqadam, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Solidarity in Action: A Global Response to Invisible Violence 

10:40-12:10        Session Six: Memory & Reparations
Moderator: Marina Moscoso-Arabía

                                Juanita Díaz-Cotto, Binghamton University
Chicanas, Latinas, Latin American Women Prisoners’ Agency and Resistance

                                Mayki Gorosito, ESMA Museum and Site of Memory
MEMORIA Y MUJERES. 40 años de luchas y conquistas. Preguntas y experiencias sobre el pasado, el presente y el futuro desde el Museo Sitio de Memoria ESMA

                                Daniela Morales, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Mar Brava: women's struggles against climate injustice

                                Magdalena Novoa, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
                                What land & planning has to do with memory and reparations in post-authoritarian contexts? 

12:15-1:00          Lunch and networking (Illini Room B)

1:00-2:20            Film Screening of “Period. End of Sentence” with Director Rayka Zehtabchi
                                Moderator: Dr. Kate Clancy, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2:30-3:15           Reflection Panel
                            Common Differences 1983-2024: Further Weaving of a Transnational Feminist Agenda in the
                            Face of New and Enduring Challenges

3:15-3:30             Closing Remarks by Student Organizers