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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

Workshop: Technologies of Kinship and Care

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:30pm over Zoom

Led by Assistant Professor Lili Johnson (Gender & Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies)

How do we define kinship and care both within and outside of normative ideas of physical distance, intimacy, and social relations? The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the terms and distance with which we embody care relations with those we consider kin. While this contemporary moment is unique in deeply felt ways, this reading group session will explore how kinship and care have historically been mediated by various “technologies”; how they have emerged in new forms in the present moment; and how structures of power and privilege shape both.

Please bring a piece of paper and writing utensil to the workshop. Optional Reading: Elizabeth Freeman, “Queer Belonging: Kinship Theory and Queer Theory,” 295-314.

If you would like to attend and do not receive the Zoom invitation through the workshop email list, please write to michael.w.peterson@wisc.edu for the link and the reading.

Prior Events

Zoom and Loom, Friday Nov. 20th, 4-5pm 

November 9, 2020, Conversation with Sarah Deer and Bonnie Clairmont, about “Confronting Sexual Violence in the Settler Colonial University.”

Click here to watch their conversation on how ongoing settler colonial occupation perpetuates gender-based violence within a university setting.

This event was hosted by the Care Workshop and WUD Distinguished Lecture Series and funded by the Wisconsin Experience and Our Shared Future Heritage Marker Educational Innovation Grant. Learn more about Our Shared Future here.

March 7, Talk by Kyle Powys Whyte 

Environmental Philosopher Kyle Powys White, “Redefining Energy Justice through the Consent of non-Human Relatives,”

February 19th , Readings Group, 6:30pm- 8:30pm Care and the Arts

February 13th, Afternoon Workshop on Art-Making and Self-Care

Professor Beatriz Botero and Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli,
Thurs, February 13th, 2020, 11:00

January 30: Græn R∞m Art Exhibit Tour: Art Installation by Simone Doing and Max Puchalski 

January 29: Colloquium on Care and Wellbeing 

November 8 6:30 pm: Undergraduate Experience: Sexual Violence and Care on Campus 

 

People

Our interdisciplinary team builds upon its interconnectedness, bringing together undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff and a public audience of intellectuals, artists, activists and beyond.

Lead Organizers:

  • Professor Christine Garlough: Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, Garlough’s research constellates around issues of rhetoric, philosophy, feminist theory and performance. Her work on ethics of care and acknowledgment has been published in journals like Women Studies in Communication and her monograph, Desi Divas: Activism and Acknowledgment in Diasporic Performances and she teaches a course for GWS titled, “Feminist Politics of Care.” She works primarily with grassroots feminist activists in India and the U.S. who re-envision vernacular culture for political purposes and create caring contexts for social change.
  • Assistant Professor Annie Menzel: Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and former midwife, Menzel’s research focuses on race, gender, and reproductive politics in North America. A political theorist with emphases on reproductive justice, Black political thought, Black feminisms, feminist political theory, queer theory, and biopolitics, her work brings these literatures to bear on the histories and current shape of health and medicine. Her first book, The Political Life of Black Infant Mortality, is under contract with the University of California Press.
    Professor Michael Peterson: Professor of Art and Director of the graduate program in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, Peterson is co-founder of the arts collaborative Spatula&Barcode, which is centrally concerned with themes of hospitality and conviviality, and co-edited a recent issue of the journal Performance Research on the theme “On Generosity.” He teaches a First-year Interest Group course titled “How to Live: Art, Ethics, and the Everyday.”
  • Professor Beatriz L. Botero: Professor of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, Botero is a specialist in contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies. Her research is oriented primarily towards topics in poetics, trauma, and psychoanalysis with special emphasis on identity, body and social conflict. That is present in her book Women in Contemporary Latin American Novels. Psychoanalysis and Gendered Violence.
  • Agnes Phoebe Muyanga: Gender & Women’s Studies graduate student, Muyanga is interested in exploring the perceptions and evolution of feminisms within Uganda’s cultures, as well as women’s positionality as influenced by education, policy and media in Uganda. Understanding the concept of “care” is central to my current and future research projects, as well as my personal experiences as an educator.
  • Flint Devine: Gender and Women’s Studies graduate student, Devine is interested in the process of healing from intergenerational trauma, transphobia, and homophobia associated with being Two-Spirit. One avenue of care I am focusing on is Indigenous beadwork.
  • Tia Murray: PhD student in Human Ecology, doula, and longtime community organizer, Murray’s research explores the root causes of residual impacts of racial inequities in maternal and child health, and black infant mortality in particular, using a reproductive justice framework and community-based participatory research. She is also interested in furthering research on the benefits of doulas on perinatal health outcomes in communities of color. She feels it imperative to reframe our language and research in respect to racial health disparities.
  • Jimmy Camacho: Taitano Camacho is a Chamoru from Guåhan (Guam) and PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work examines how Indigenous peoples across Oceania are enacting distinct property institutions to regenerate political and cultural foundations, as a means to obtain political sovereignty and survive.

UW Graduate Students Research on Care:

  • Fatima Sartbay: 

Fatima’s research and activism include community building and facilitation of discussions amongst the scholars, epic performers and activists from the indigenous populations residing across Russia and Central Asia. To revive the culture of shamanism and epic storytelling as well as to uplift the collective well-being in times of global pandemic she has come together to build alliances and foster engagement. Her goal is to collectively reflect about how to navigate contemporary diverse political spaces, environmental destruction, cultural oppression and violence in pandemic times to care for ourselves and others, human, nature and animals. She focuses grassroots activism where themes of discussions include: Cultural Revivalism, Shamanism, Epic Storytelling, Environmental and Social Justice, Mental health, Cultural Oppression, Language Identity, Uneven Impacts of COVID-19, Poverty, Corruption, Gender-Based Violence, Mindfulness and More.

  • Orion Risk:

Orion’s scholarly interests are around how theatre can work toward a more equitable world through trans-inclusive feminist praxis and broader questions of what happens in performance when trans bodies are involved. They often ask why and how theatre matters, using artistic practice and community engagement to figure out what the answers might be. Orion responded to Covid-19 by creating GenderTalks, connecting trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks in online dialogues about gender experiences while invisible audiences of any gender listened in. After the conversations, Orion collaged the dialogue transcripts into a documentary-style theatre script, produced online by Rising Fire Theatre. This fall, Orion founded TransTheatreFest–Madison, a new festival producing six plays by trans, nonbinary, and/or gender-expansive playwrights. Orion is a master’s student in the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, graduating in May 2021.

  • Christine J. Widmayer:

Chrissy’s research examines how food traditions and stories told on, about, and over food become performances of intimacy in small groups. In a series of case studies, she looks at her own family’s Chaldean foodways and the performances and relationships that result from baking, cooking, and eating together—especially as they relate to identity, ethnicity, and care. In another case study, she explores how a community group, Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, offers care and bridges racial conflict within their community, starting dialogues and sharing stories as a way to connect to one another. Together, these case studies illustrate how food can be a labor of love, an identifier, a bridge between differences, an act of care, and a mediator of relationships.

  • Nicole Rudisill:

K. Nicole Rudisill is a graduate of the Gender & Women’s Studies MA program (’17) and a current doctoral student in organizational communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. While living in Madison, Nicole was a part of the Emerge Wisconsin program and worked in the Campus Women’s Center. She has been involved with Moms Demand Action on and off over the course of her graduate school career. Additionally, she worked with a local middle school during her MA to teach young women gender studies, feminist history, and feminist thought. Moving forward, she looks forward to continuing work for women’s advancement and hopes to be doing that for the rest of her life.

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Orion Risk

Orion Lee Risk is a second-year Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies master’s student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Drawing on a background in theatre producing and directing, Orion investigates how theatre can work toward a more equitable world through trans-inclusive feminist praxis. They often ask why and how theatre matters; GenderTalks was part of looking for answers to that question.

PROJECT SUMMARY:

GenderTalks is a documentary theatre project, created by Orion Risk, which connected trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks in candid online dialogues about gender experiences during COVID-19. The conversations brought people in Dane County, WI together with those in Black Hawk County, IA—an epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Audiences of any gender listened in as “invited eavesdroppers.”

After the conversations, Orion collaged the dialogue transcripts into a documentary-style theatre script. Rising Fire Theatre of Cedar Falls, Iowa, produced the play in two online performances directed and performed by trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming artistsGenderTalks featured in a Wisconsin Idea lecture and was profiled by Humanities For All, a project of the National Humanities Alliance. The University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for the Humanities supported this project through their Graduate Public Humanities Exchange.

The inaugural TransTheatreFest–Madison, shared online this spring, will feature a second virtual performance of the GenderTalks script.  The festival is built off of Orion’s original design, executed by two undergraduate student theatre groups and Assistant Professor Neil Mills.

Watch clips are from the Rising Fire Theatre production, September 2020, directed by Finch Moore:

Clip one featuring Albie Nicol

Clip two featuring Carrsan T. Morrissey and Willow Wallis

 

 

 

 

Come to the Table

SUMMARY:

Professors Christine Garlough, Annie Menzel, and James McMaster participated in an event called “Come to the Table” at the Chazen Museum on February 16th, 2020. This event is part of a longer art series addressing “Generosity” created by Professors Michael Peterson and Laurie Beth Clark (the arts collaborative Spatula&Barcode). The nine guests at this public dinner table engaged in a conversation on aspects of “Care” in local communities, personal relationships, and beyond. Other guests included: Dr. Adam Rindfleisch, Dr. Anne Basting, Dr. Darcy Padilla, and Dr. Katherine Alcauskas.

 

Cyra K. Polizzi

Cyra K. Polizzi is a theater practitioner and a grad student in the Gender & Women’s Studies dept. Cyra is also affiliated with the Center for Culture, History, and Environment and Rotate Theatre Company. Cyra’s transdisciplinary research asks questions about accessibility, sustainability, and feminism in theatre practices. www.cyrakpolizzi.com

PROJECT SUMMARY:

(Almost) Making Let’s Eat Mary, organized by Cyra K. Polizzi, is a video featuring the cast and crew of what would have been the world premiere of Brooke Allen’s stage play Let’s Eat Mary.Before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered theatres across the country, the collaborators had already experienced months working on this unique production with Rotate Theatre (www.rotatetheatre.org). In the 65 minute video, the cast and crew offer audiences a window into a rehearsal process designed with attention to accessibility and sustainability, discuss Allen’s delightfully biting feminist comedy, and share clips from remote rehearsals.

Readings Group

Workshop: Technologies of Kinship and Care

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:30pm over Zoom

Led by Assistant Professor Lili Johnson (Gender & Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies)

How do we define kinship and care both within and outside of normative ideas of physical distance, intimacy, and social relations? The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the terms and distance with which we embody care relations with those we consider kin. While this contemporary moment is unique in deeply felt ways, this reading group session will explore how kinship and care have historically been mediated by various “technologies”; how they have emerged in new forms in the present moment; and how structures of power and privilege shape both.

Please bring a piece of paper and writing utensil to the workshop. Optional Reading: Elizabeth Freeman, “Queer Belonging: Kinship Theory and Queer Theory,” 295-314.

If you would like to attend and do not receive the Zoom invitation through the workshop email list, please write to michael.w.peterson@wisc.edu for the link and the reading.

Readings Group 2020-21 year

Click Here for Readings Group Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 11th from 6:30-7:30pm:

Readings for Jill Casid:

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Thanatography Working the Folds of Photography s Wild Performativity in Capital s Necrocene

 

Wednesday, Oct. 21st from 6:30-7:30pm:

Welcome Gathering on Wednesday from 6:30-7:30:

Hedva_Get Well Soon! Reading

Past Readings:

Care, the Arts and Social Justice

Piepzna-Samarasinha, L. L. (2018). Prefigurative Politics and Radically Accessible Performance Spaces: Making the World to Come. In Care work: Dreaming disability justice. arsenal pulp press. Piepzna-Samarasinha, Prefigurative Politics and Radically Accessible Performance Spaces (PDF)

Thompson, J. (2015). Towards an aesthetics of care. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20(4), 430-441. Thompson – Towards an Ethics of Care (PDF)

Rabin, C. L. (2009). The theatre arts and care ethics. Youth Theatre Journal, 23(2), 127-143. Rabin_The Theatre Arts and Care Ethics (PDF)

January 29, Readings Group 5, 6:30-8:00, Care, Mindfulness and Well-Being

Talk by Professor Richard Davidson, “Wellbeing is a Skill”

Davidson, R. J. (2010). Empirical explorations of mindfulness: conceptual and methodological conundrums. PDF: Davidson, Empirical Explorations of Mindfulness

Paulson, S., Davidson, R., Jha, A., & Kabat‐Zinn, J. (2013). Becoming conscious: the science of mindfulness. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences1303(1), 87-104. PDF: Paulson, Davidson, Jha, Kabat-Zinn, Becoming Conscious

Rev. angel kyodo, Lama Rod Owen, and Jasmine Syedullah, (2016) Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books (Selection)

Purser, Ron. (2019). McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (selection)

Readings for the fourth meeting: 4 December: Black Feminist Care

Hartman, Saidiya. (2016) The Belly of the World: A Note on Black Women’s Labors. Souls 18(1): 166-173. PDF

Gumbs, Alexis. (2016) m/other ourselves: a Black queer feminist genealogy for radical mothering. In: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams (eds.) Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Oakland: PM Press, pp. 19-31. PDF

Readings for the third meeting: 6 November:

Sara Ahmed (2017) Conclusion 1: A Feminist Killjoy Survival Kit. In Living a Feminist Life.

Ahmed_Feminist Killjoy Survival Kit_ocr (pdf)

Angela Carter (2015) Teaching with Trauma: Trigger Warnings, Feminism, and Disability Pedagogy. Disability Studies Quarterly 35(2).

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Carter_Teaching with Trauma- Disability Pedagogy, Feminism, and the Trigger Warnings Debate (pdf, no internal links)

Gorski, P. C., & Chen, C. (2015). “Frayed all over:” The causes and consequences of activist burnout among social justice education activists. Educational Studies51(5), 385-405.

Gorski and Chen, Frayed All Over The Causes and Consequences of Activist Burnout Among Social Justice Education Activists (pdf)

Piepzna-Samarasinha, L. L. (2018). Care Webs: Experiments in Creating Collective Access. In Care work: Dreaming disability justice.

Piepzna-Samarasinha_Care Webs_Part 1

Piepzna-Samarasinha_Care Webs_Part 2

Readings for the second meeting: 16 October:

Ethics of Care in Environmental Ethics discussion starters

Whyte, K. P., & Cuomo, C. J. (2016). Ethics of Caring in Environmental Ethics: Indigenous and Feminist Philosophies. The Oxford handbook of environmental ethics, 234 Ethics_of_Caring_in_Environmental_Ethics (1)

TallBear, K. (2018). “Making Love and Relations Beyond Settler Sex and Family.” In Adele Clarke and Donna Haraway, Eds, Making Kin Not Population. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 145-164. TallBear, Making Love and Relations Beyond Settler Sex and Family

Simpson, L. (2017). “Endlessly Creating Our Indigenous Selves” and “Constellations of Co-resistance.” In As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.)Endlessly Creating our Indigenous Selves Constellations of Coresistance

Additional reading:

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) and Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) 2016. “Violence on the Land, Violence on Our Bodies” report and toolkit, available online at http://landbodydefense.org/uploads/files/VLVBReportToolkit2016.pdf

Readings for our first meeting, 6:30-8:00, September 25:

These two texts pair emergent developments in care theory and practice from a queer of color disability justice perspective with foundational feminist care theory. Both center questions of power.

Piepzna-Samarasinha, Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy (pdf) Piepzna-Samarasinha, L.L. (2018). “A Modest Proposal for a Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy (Centered by Disabled, Femme of Color, Working-Class/Poor Genius)”. In Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 136-148. [This reading is a revised version of Piepzna-Samarasinha’s 2017 Bitch Magazine article of the same title, available here in a format that some may find easier to read.]

Creating Caring Institutions Politics Plurality and Purpose (pdf)  Tronto, J.C. (2010). Creating Caring Institutions: Politics, Plurality, and Purpose. Ethics and Social Welfare 4(2): 158-171. Also available at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17496535.2010.484259

 

Public Lectures

Workshops

Undergraduate Experience

A forum on “Sexual Violence and Care on Campus”  specifically geared to our undergraduate students.

Date: Friday November 8th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 1310 Sterling Hall

 

Conferences and Networks

More information coming soon.

Treaty Day Event

What does care mean on a campus that occupies Indigenous lands and waters? Long-overdue conversations are beginning on campus about colonization and Ho Chunk history and sovereignty. Our workshop organizers will be attending a UW Distinguished Lecture Event. Come join us at Indigenuity & Teejop: Launching Mindfulness Of This Sacred Place, An Evening with Samantha Skenandore, (Attorney, Quarles & Brady and Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Member), September 23, 2019 At 7:30 p.m., Shannon Hall, Memorial Union.

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