FMST Newsletter, Fall 2023

October 11, 2023




Dear Feminist Studies Community,

I’m writing to introduce myself as your interim chair. As a department affiliate for the past 16 years, I’m honored to take the helm for the year. I’m an ethnomusicologist with area specialties in Central Asia and the Balkans, and research that has focused on music and gender in Uzbekistan and now examines inclusivity projects in North American social dance scenes. As part of this research, I’ve collaborated to found a barn dance series in the Hay Barn on campus. We would love to have the feminist studies community join us! This quarter’s dance will be on Sunday, November 12, from 3 - 5 pm.

This year will be full of exciting events. We are preparing for the 50th Anniversary of the Feminist Studies department at UCSC, with events being scheduled throughout 2023 leading into our “official” anniversary in Fall 2024.

This year, the department is very pleased to welcome a new Ph.D. student, Joshua Sto Domingo. Read more about Joshua in the newsletter below.

Also, please read further for our Five Questions with a Feminist Interview featuring 2014 FMST alumna Mekdela Ejigu, in conversation with Prof. Jenny Kelly. Mekdela discusses her activism in environmental and beauty justice, including her book Plus-Size: A Memoir of Pop Culture, Fatphobia, and Social ChangeShe also speaks about her memories from the department, including my class, “Women in Music.” It was heartwarming to read such fond and lasting memories of learning about warning ballads. That lesson continues to be one of my favorites as well.

The FMST office is excited to be back in-person. I will be holding drop-in office hours this fall on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 in the main office (Humanities 1 rm. 403). Please drop by to say hello. Laura and Lisa will be staffing the main office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm. We would be happy to see you if you’re in the building.

I’m looking forward to a productive and positive year together.

Best wishes,

Tanya Merchant
Interim Chair, Feminist Studies / Associate Professor, Music

Celebrating 50 years of feminist scholarship

The Feminist Studies department is coming up on a major milestone! The 2024 academic year will mark 50 years since Feminist Studies was inaugurated as a field of study at UC Santa Cruz, one of the first such academic programs in the U.S. 

Initially established as the Women’s Studies program in 1974 and designated a department in 1996, Women’s Studies at UCSC re-envisioned and defined its epistemological emphasis through feminist analytics and became the first university department in the nation to change its name to Feminist Studies in 2005. 

To celebrate this occasion, we are planning a series of exciting events, funded in part by a Mellon Foundation grant and reserve funding from the Humanities division, to explore the significance of feminist analysis and pedagogical practices in the contemporary moment in the United States. Through these events, we aim to raise awareness about the field of feminist studies, both within the university and in our wider Santa Cruz community. Given the urgency of now, we plan to stretch beyond the university walls to reach a broader audience in the spirit of democratizing feminism.

We’ll be organizing events throughout the 2023/24 academic year, leading into the first quarter of our “official” anniversary in Fall 2024. In November, we have invited Jasbir Puar, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, author of The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017).

For Winter quarter 2024, we’re organizing a feminist reading circle focused on activism centered around Let This Radicalize You: Organizing and the Revolution of Reciprocal Care, by Kelly Hayes & Mariame Kaba. And for Spring quarter, we’re working to expand the successful FMST Undergraduate Research Symposium, which debuted last year. 

Join us as we ring in the 50th Anniversary of Feminist Studies at UCSC. We have so much to celebrate!


Please welcome FMST grad student, Joshua Daniel Sto Domingo 

joshua-sto-domingo-250x250.jpgSay hello to our newest FMST graduate student, Joshua Daniel Sto Domingo! Here’s a little bit about Joshua, in his own words: 

“Hi everybody. I’m originally from Los Angeles, and I’m thrilled to make Santa Cruz my new home! I received a B.A. in history and politics, along with a minor in religion, from a small liberal arts college in Kentucky. In my undergrad years, I co-founded and led a coalition—comprised of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) identifying students, faculty, and staff—working to enact transgression against violent coherences that impact and weaponize AAPI folks against other marginalized groups. This work unlocked my commitment to creating liberated and non-coercive worlds. Through examining Southeast Asia (primarily the Philippines), I seek to imagine, articulate, and ultimately enact an “acolonial” world through the lens of queerness. I am eternally grateful for my mentors, friends, and, most importantly, my Filipino heritage for teaching me how to dream a world with less suffering. They inspire me to keep imagining new worlds.” 

News from FMST PhD alums  

Erin McElroy (PhD, Spring 2019) is now an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. 


Introducing our FMST student rep and social media intern for 2023-24 

So excited to kick off the academic year with two fabulous undergrads who’ll be working with us in 2023/24… 

syd-ferris-headshot-125x125.jpgSydney Ferris, FMST Student Rep & Events Coordinator

“Hi! My name is Syd ( they/she) and I’m a fourth-year double major in Feminist Studies and Sociology. I am so excited to carry on the work of last year’s FMST undergrad student rep and event coordinator by connecting with students and planning some beautiful programs. I can't wait to help better connect FMST students and faculty so that we, as a community, can work together to have the best year possible! If you would like to connect, please feel free to email me at, and/or come to my office hours thru fall quarter on Tuesdays, 10-11am in the FMST Library (HUM 1 rm. 316).”  

alex-anest-headshot-125x125.jpgAlexandra Anest, FMST Social Media Intern

“Hi! I’m a fourth-year undergrad double majoring in Feminist Studies and Politics. I like to go on adventures with friends, swim in the ocean, read, hang out at coffee shops, and go on long hikes/runs. I look forward to meeting so many of you! I welcome your input and will be holding office hours thru fall quarter in the FMST Library (HUM 1, rm. 316) on Thursdays, 3:30-4:30. Be sure to check out and follow our FMST Instagram feed!“


Anjali Arondekar publishes new book – Abundance: Sexuality’s History

abundance-book-cover-300w.jpgCongratulations to FMST Professor Anjali Arondekar on the publication of Abundance: Sexuality's History. (Duke University Press, Aug 2023).

In her latest book, Prof. Arondekar refuses the historical common sense that archival loss is foundational to a subaltern history of sexuality, and that the deficit of our minoritized pasts can be redeemed through acquisitions of lost pasts. Instead, Arondekar theorizes the radical abundance of sexuality through the archives of the Gomantak Maratha Samaj – a caste-oppressed devadasi collective in South Asia – that are plentiful and quotidian, imaginative and ordinary. 

Mid-day Gujarati, one of the largest newspapers in india, recently reviewed the new book – “How the devadasis of Goa fought casteism.”  “Arondekar, who grew up in the Samaj, has committed her scholarship to understanding the multi-layered history of this caste-oppressed collective of devadasis from western India, and how they became advocates for their own liberation.” 

Gina Dent named to full professor  

Congratulations to FMST Professor Gina Dent, who was promoted from associate professor to full professor in July 2023. Promotion to professor signals UCSC’s recognition of Gina’s outstanding accomplishments inteaching and research, as well as her leadership in service to the academic and professional communities that sustain university life.

In 2022, Prof. Dent was named the Humanities Division’s inaugural Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She also is Co-Director of the Visualizing Abolition project, a public scholarship initiative undertaken through the UCSC Institute of the Arts and Sciences that launched in Fall 2020 with funding from the Mellon Foundation.

Prof. Dent holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Today her research focuses on Africana literary and cultural studies, legal theory, and popular culture. Her Women & the Law and Feminist Jurisprudence classes have long been popular courses for FMST majors and undergrads throughout the university. Gina is the author of Abolition. Feminism. Now. with co-authors Angela Davis, Erica Meiners and Beth Ritchie (Haymarket Books, 2022). 

Jenny Kelly receives 2022-2023 Dizikes Teaching Award 

Congratulations to FMST associate professor Jenny Kelly, who was announced in Spring as the recipient of the 2022-23 Dizikes Award, selected by undergraduates for this annual award that honors commitment to excellence in teaching. 

Named in honor of Professor Emeritus John Dizikes, faculty recipients of the award receive a grant to support their research and also have the opportunity to designate a Humanities student or students to receive a scholarship in recognition of their academic achievements.  

Prof. Kelly’s research broadly engages questions of settler colonialism, U.S. empire, and the fraught politics of both tourism and solidarity. She is the author of Invited to Witness: Solidarity Tourism Across Occupied Palestine (Duke University Press, 2023).  

She named three undergrad recipients of a $1000 2022/23 Jennifer Lynn Kelly Scholarship in the Humanities: Izadora Amarís Lopez McGawley, Yitong Lei, and Justin Curran. "These students have embarked on place-based, site-specific projects on settler colonial displacement that are ethically researched and carefully considered," said Prof. Kelly. "I can see their research lending itself to projects - on gentrification, abolition, and divestment - that will live far beyond the spatial and temporal confines of the classroom."  

FMST Faculty Awards, Publications, and Conferences 

Bettina Aptheker was selected to receive the inaugural 2023 UCSC Ethos Award by the UCSC Alumni Association. The award honors alumni whose work and contribution to their community embodies and reflects the ethos of UC Santa Cruz, recognizing those who have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to causes of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion and exemplify and enrich UCSC's principles of community. The award will be presented at the UCSC Alumni Awards Celebration on October 27. Read more about the alumni awards here

On August 29 Bettina was a guest on National Public Radio’s All Things LGBQT+ in Vermont, talking about her most recent book, Communists in Closets.  

Anjali Arondekar had an on-stage dialogue on May 30 with Rahul Gandhi, former president of the Indian National Congress and one of India’s most influential opposition leaders. The talk, “Towards Justice and Democratic Futures,” was organized by UCSC’s Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) and hosted by the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension campus in Santa Clara. See this article summarizing the event in the UCSC Newscenter, and view the video recording on YouTube. 

Gina Dent and Prof. Rachel Nelson, Director of the UCSC Institute of the Arts & Sciences, received the Innovator of the Year Award for the "Visualizing Abolition" project at the inaugural UCSC Chancellor's Innovation Impact Award ceremony on May 30. 

Jenny Kelly, along with Prof. Christine Hong (CRES/LIT), received the 2023-2024 Andrew W. Mellon Humanities in Place Grant for their collaborative project “Santa Cruz, Reconsidered: The Local as Ethnic Studies Curriculum.” Jenny also received The Humanities Institute Research Cluster Award, and the 2023-2024 Committee on Research's Large Faculty Research Grant for Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Palestine. Her co-edited volume with Somdeep Sen (Roskilde University) and Lila Sharif (ASU) received a 2022-2023 Faculty Public Humanities, Digital, and Community-Engaged Research Fellowship from the Humanities Division and The Humanities Institute. 

Jenny also did several talks and media interviews in Spring/Summer 2023:

  • New Books Network Podcast, New Books in Anthropology – Interview with Fulya Pinar, April 9, 2023
  • Invited Fundraising Keynote: “Solidarity Tourism in Occupied Palestine: A Discussion with Dr. Jenny Kelly,” Eyewitness Palestine, May 22, 2023
  • “Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Palestine,”The Detours Series: Decolonial Guides to Guåhan and Palestine, roundtable discussion at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, May 2023
  • “Can Tourism be Liberatory?” – Interview in Jewish Currents, July 27, 2023 

Amy Krauss had an essay published in July – "Is your investigation from a professional perspective, or as a Woman?gender, racialization and complicit feeling" – in an online collection of American Anthropologist, Special Dossier on Fieldwork Confessions. 

Madhavi Murty won the International Communication Association (ICA) 2023 Outstanding Book of the Year Award for her latest book, Stories that Bind: Political Economy and Culture in New India (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2022). 

Gina Athena Ulysse was selected by the Academic Senate Committee on Faculty Research to deliver the UCSC Faculty Research Lecture in the 2023-2024 academic year, an honor that goes to a faculty member with an "an extremely distinguished research record." Gina Athena will present her performative lecture in Spring 2024. In September, Prof. Ulysse's book, A Call to Rasanblaj: Black Feminist Futures & Ethnographic Aesthetics, was published in Greek, edited and with an introduction by Penelοpe Papailias, translated by Vangelis Poulios (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Athens, Greece). 

In early Fall, Gina Athena presented and performed at several conferences:

  • Looking for Other Worlds: Black feminism and Haitian fiction – Discussion with Regine Jean-Charles, Haitian Studies Association Conference, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 7, 2023
  • 21 Pwen: Singing the Lakou, Dancing the Kalfou – Dialogic keynote, Kosanba Conference, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. Oct. 6, 2023
  • Sonic and Visual Activism from Haiti and Beyond: A Rasanblaj of Reparive Interventions – In conversation with artist Sasha Huber, Methods and Media of the Absent/Present Visual Approaches to Vodun and Vodou, University of Zurich Institute of Art History, Sept. 15, 2023
  • VooDooDoll performance, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Sept. 13, 2023

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT – Five Questions with a Feminist

The Five Questions with a Feminist interview series spotlights FMST alums who have gone on to do great things. Visit our YouTube channel to view the interview Professor Jenny Kelly did with Mekdela Ejigu, Class of 2014. Below is an edited version of their conversation.

mekdela-ejigu-headshot-250x250.jpgMekdela Ejigu, Environmental & Beauty Justice Activist and Author - Class of 2014

Mekdela Ejigu is an Ethiopian-American writer, advocate, and organizer who graduated from UCSC in 2014 with a double major in Feminist Studies and Legal Studies. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Social and Public Policy from the University of Leeds, where she wrote about how the media and public perception shape each other and the public policies that create our realities. After graduation, she worked with women experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, and was an Environmental Justice Program Coordinator at Black Women for Wellness. In 2021, Mekdela published Plus-Size: A Memoir of Pop Culture, Fatphobia, and Social Change. She also is a contributor to the anthology, "Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism," and her work has been featured in the North England Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Pennycress Zine

Prof. Jenny Kelly: Welcome Mekdela, I'm thrilled to talk to you. Can you start by telling us a little about what you do and what your work currently looks like? 

Mekdela Ejigu: I'm currently on a sabbatical or a break, but most recently I was an organizer for environmental justice and relatedly, beauty justice, working with Black Women for Wellness. 

As you know, climate change and environmental disasters disproportionately impact Black communities, Latinx communities and indigenous people all over the world. So part of what we were doing is working to mitigate that as much as possible. 

My environmental justice work was advocating to shut down the Inglewood oil field, which is located in a Black community in Inglewood, California. Obviously, oil drilling hurts the environment and furthers climate change, but it also releases a lot of chemicals into the air and harms the health of nearby residents. So the Black community members located around that oil field were more likely to have different illnesses because of exposure to chemicals released in oil drilling. 

We did a lot of advocacy work to shut that oil field down, as well as working on water equity issues. [Note: In September 2021, the L.A. Board of Supervisors voted to close down the Inglewood oil field.) Water companies that service low income, Black and Latinx communities nationwide and also in Southern California tend to be underperforming, and so the water supply tends to be polluted. In wealthier white communities like Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, their water companies function well, and they have access to cleaner water. And sometimes they even pay less for it. So you see the insidious ways that environmental racism operates. 

We also did work around plastic pollution, which pretty much impacts everyone. Recent studies show that literally everyone now has microplastics in our blood streams. And that's because of not only plastic production – chemical plants producing plastic releasing toxins into the air – but also because the plastic in things like water bottles leaches into the water. So you're consuming micro plastics that way, and even through food packaging, which tends to be plastic. Scientists don't even know yet the full impact of what those microplastics are doing to our bodies. So we advocated for moving away from plastic production and also plastic packaging for food and water.

Then there's the issue that's nearest and dearest to my heart and I continue to advocate for – beauty justice, which is actually considered environmental justice. How that connection works is that there's really poor regulation, especially in the US. The FDA, even before the Trump administration, was not doing enough to protect Americans from the chemicals that corporations are putting into our food and everyday products like lotion, toothpaste, and other personal care products. There's a lot of data to suggest that here in the US there are so many more pollutants in our products than in Europe. The European Union’s stronger regulations mean their skincare products and food products are healthier and not as filled with chemicals. However, it's even more insidious when it comes to beauty products because of white supremacist beauty standards that are very Eurocentric. Black women purchase way more beauty products than other women, and on top of that studies show that the beauty products Black women use have nine times the toxic chemicals than products other races of women use, which leads to more health complications for Black women. 

In our beauty justice work, we lobby the US government to regulate the beauty industry and get corporations to clean up their acts, clean up their products, and get rid of these toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, what we've seen sometimes is that they'll remove one chemical and replace it with something else that we eventually find out is also toxic. 

But that’s not enough, because we realize that we have to tackle these issues at the source, which is the ideology that people hold about beauty. At Black Women for Wellness, I hosted community conversations like Curls and Conversations events. We'd have panelists and facilitate discussions in our Black community to get people to shift their thinking from Eurocentric beauty ideals and promote a healthy self image for Black women so we use those toxic products less. 

There are now lawsuits against hair relaxers because they have chemicals that can lead to endocrine and hormonal disruptions, which can lead to uterine cancer, fibroids, breast cancer. So we advocate for the natural hair movement and moving away from hair relaxers. There are also skin lighteners, which aren't as prevalent in the Black community, but are used more in the Global South in Latin America, Africa and Asia. But we do have immigrant populations here, and there is a booming market for skin lighteners even in the US. Skin lighteners are toxic, with things like mercury in them, which is literally poison and can kill you. 

To phase out the use of hair relaxers and skin lighteners, you can't just say, don't do that. We also have to change ideas like only straight hair is beautiful, or only loose curls are beautiful. We have to foster acceptance of kinkier, tighter hair, and help people see the beauty of different hair textures and facilitate an acceptance and appreciation of darker skin tones as well. 

In my beauty justice work, I also acknowledge that racist beauty standards are often rooted in fat phobia and the hatred of fatness. And also discrimination against disabled people, colorism, and hair texturism - discrimination against curlier or coarser hair textures. These are all the foundation of white supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, and the like. And I actually wrote about this in my book Plus-Size: A Memoir of Pop Culture, Fatphobia, and Social Change

Prof. Kelly: It's so clear across your body of work that you're thinking structurally about everything. Can you talk a bit about your entry into this work, and how it coincides with your work as a FMST major when you were at UCSC? 

Mekdela: In my sophomore year, I was majoring in legal studies because at the time I was going to be pre-law. But I really think majoring in feminist studies changed the trajectory of my career and what I ended up doing later. I was looking to fill a general education requirement and took a class with Professor Felicity Schaeffer called Race & Gender Formations in the US and was blown away by the material. It was so innovative and refreshing, and so relevant and timely. I identified with it so much because I felt it reflected my experiences as a racialized woman in the US. It really started a passion in me, and that's when I decided to double major in feminist studies along with legal studies. 

Prof. Kelly: I was also an undergrad in FMST at Santa Cruz and took Racial & Gender Formations in the US with Prof. Gina Dent. That was my first class in the major, and I declared my double major after that as well. Then when I came back as faculty, that was the first class I taught. That class is an introduction to understanding race, gender, sexuality, and class as subjects of analysis in a classroom setting. It legitimizes that research and gives students an understanding of huge bodies of work and scholarship. So even if it doesn't change their major, it allows them to bring those same kinds of questions to their other major. 

How did the FMST major influence your intellectual and political trajectory and help shape what you're doing today?

Mekdela: I attribute majoring in feminist studies to leading me to become a community organizer. It showed me the importance of that work by giving me the intellectual grounding and praxis that I was able to use in my organizing work for the greater good of my communities and seeing how that impacts society at large. Because when the most marginalized people are safe, everyone's quality of life improves. I think the instinct for privileged people is to hold on to their privilege as tightly as possible. Like, I can't let go or things are going to be bad for me; maybe I'm not that special and if I lose my privilege there'll be nothing left for me to value myself by. People don't realize that by giving up that privilege, you're helping yourself as well. Because when people at the bottom rise, everyone rises. 

Something I learned as a community organizer in L.A. was how public policy works. In the US, even the wealthiest white people, the most privileged people, have a lower life expectancy than the wealthiest white people in certain countries in Europe. Because the US has such a huge wealth disparity, no social infrastructure, no social care net, and the poorest people suffer the most. And the ill health of the poorest people actually harms the wealthiest, most privileged white people as well. Injustice harms everyone. When you look at European nations that have more robust social welfare nets that take care of their poor, immigrants, and the marginalized, everybody's health and longevity benefits. The mortality rate goes down for everybody, and people have longer life spans. So I've organized for affordable housing, immigrants’ rights, women's rights, racial justice, environmental justice, and beauty justice. 

Prof. Kelly: Again, that speaks to insisting that all these things are related and that we need to look at the root of things. You're also flagging the assumption that some students may not want to take feminist studies or critical race and ethnic studies classes, thinking it's not relevant to them. Besides Racial & Gender Formations, did you have other favorite courses in the major? 

Mekdela: In my very first quarter as a freshman at UCSC, I was looking for a GE requirement and chose Women in Music. Every single FMST course I took was eye opening, and I took something from every class, but Women in Music was my favorite. It was such a fun class. We got to learn about women musical artists through history and in different parts of the world. We analyzed song lyrics and music techniques, and on lecture days, we went to this big auditorium with a huge screen and watched music videos during class. 

One of the lessons that sticks with me was analyzing a theme. One we kept seeing all over the world and throughout history in music written and performed by women was called the warning ballad, in which the lyrics are a warning, typically to a man and/or a lover. 

The two examples I remember were Silver Dagger by Dolly Parton and Goodbye, Earl by the Dixie Chicks, or the Chicks as they’re now called. In Silver Dagger, the singer warns her lover that if he wrongs her, “my mother has vowed to protect me and she will kill you with a silver dagger.” At the end, she says she’s decided, based on her mother’s experience, that she’s just going to be alone. Goodbye, Earl is about domestic violence. The girl in the video is in an abusive relationship with a man, and the Dixie Chicks come to her aid and poison him. That specific lesson really stuck with me. 

Prof. Kelly:  As faculty, we focus a lot on core classes, and it's beautiful to hear how an elective can complement the core curriculum. I also love that it creates space in the classroom to insist that song lyrics can be a feminist subject of analysis. Not just because it's entertaining and fun, but because it tells us something about the broader racialized and gendered operatives at work. It also affirms what you do in your book by looking at different moments of cultural production and asking what they tell us, and bringing questions to them. 

You've covered this a bit, but what do you feel were some of the most important things you took with you from the major? 

Mekdela: I would definitely say the most important thing was how systems of oppression, like racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, fat phobia, etc., are all interconnected. They all come from the same source, the same root as white supremacy. How they work together and interlock also tells you how you can undo them. I already understood oppression from a young age because I was experiencing it, but I didn't have the language to articulate it. Feminist studies gave me the language to articulate those experiences, and I'm so eager to share it with the world. 

Prof. Kelly:  Students in FMST classes bring different backgrounds to the classroom, and they learn so much from each other's experience. Do you have any advice for students navigating the major, anything you wish you knew, or just anything you want to leave them with? 

Mekdela: The knowledge you are attaining from feminist studies matters. Centering the voices of the most marginalized people matters. It's so important and so essential, and what you're learning now will serve you for the rest of your life. That knowledge can literally be applied every day. It's a lens that will serve you in everything, because we know that these systems of oppression impact everything. Critical thinking skills [can help you] realize how you're being manipulated, and maybe counter those ideologies. It’s the most important thing you can learn. It's life affirming. Don't ever forget how important that is, and how important your work in feminist studies is.


CSAS Crossings Lecture Series – Fall 2023  
The UCSC Center for South Asian Studies presents Crossings, a year-long lecture series curated by FMST Professor and CSAS Co-director Anjali Arondekar. Go here to learn more about Crossings speakers and to register. 
  • November 8 @ 12 noon (in-person, HUM 1 rm. 210) – Colonizing Kashmir: State-building Under Indian Occupation – Hafsa Kanjwal, assistant professor of South Asian History, Lafayette College. Register here
Field Notes: Colonial Power at the Thresholds of Gender Studies, Jasbir Puar – November 16 @ 4pm, Namaste Lounge     
This talk kicks off a series of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Feminist Studies at UCSC. Jasbir Puar is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, and the author of The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017).

Experimental Care: time, agency, and some limits of the feminist body, Amy Krauss – November 18 @ 3:30pm, SocSci I, rm. 261


2023-2024 THI Undergraduate Public Fellowships
The Humanities Institute (THI) has announced calls for several Public Fellowships, paid positions that connect students in the Humanities to projects in the community, with the aim of mutually benefiting students and community organizations. Hit the links for more info about these opportunities: 

Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas Fall Awards – Deadline November 1
Now accepting applications for individual grad and faculty research awards, and research cluster awards in areas of interest to the RCA including Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American, migration, cross-border/hemispheric, and human rights studies. Go here for more info and to apply.