The conference's keynote
speaker is Geeta Patel, internationally known as a scholar of the Indian feminist social
movement, Hindi and Urdu literature, Asian dispora literature, queer theory, feminist
theory and women's studies..
21, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) The
University of Kentucky's Women's Studies Program will sponsor the third annual Graduate
Student Conference March 30-31 in the UK Student Center.
year's theme is "Gendered Violence: Epistemologies and Practices," and the
keynote speaker is Geeta Patel, an internationally known scholar of the Indian feminist
social movement, Hindi and Urdu literature, Asian dispora literature, queer theory,
feminist theory and womens studies.
a member of the womens studies faculty at Wellesley College, focuses her research on
the conjunctions between sexuality and colonialism in South Asia. She will speak at UK at
noon March 30 on Marking The Quilt: Veil, Harem/Home and Sexual
Subversion Within Them. Her newest book, Lyrical Movements, Historical
Huntings: On Gender, Colonialism and Desire in Mirajis Urdu Poetry, is due
this spring from Stanford University Press.
recent years, researchers working with feminist theories have examined a diversity of
instances and types of gendered violence occurring across the globe. This research has
enhanced our understandings of myriad ways in which gendered violence occurs within
different cultural milieus, according to the conference Web site. Our graduate
student-organized conference provides a space for students, activists and faculty to
discuss ongoing research and community projects related to the conference theme in a
supportive and innovative environment.
conference will feature a wide range of presentations on topics including activism, gender
assignments, nationalism, poverty, postcolonialism, discourses and representations,
maternal sadism, hate crimes, women of color, prison systems and domestic violence.
plenary session from 5 to 7 p.m. March 31 will focus on violence against young
African-American men. The session, Voices of Protest, Voices for Change:
Transforming the Discourse on African-American Youth Violence, will be held at the
Phillis Wheatley Center, 647 Chestnut St. Speakers for the session will be Rosalind Harris
of rural sociology at UK; Aminata Baruti, a community advocate with the East End
Empowerment Project; George Moorman, director of the East End Empowerment Project; Denise
Brown, poet and community activist; and Hendrick Floyd, poet and scholar activist.
more information about the conference, contact UK Womens Studies at (859) 257-1388
or visit the conference Web site by clicking here.