Archive for March, 2011

March 22nd, 2011
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Indigeneity in Teacher Education—a new CSWS Research Interest Group

Books and headboardIndigeneity in Teacher Education, a new CSWS Research Interest Group (RIG) coordinated by graduate student Shadiin Garcia, hopes to build a community of people interested in exploring the work of women indigenous scholars in the field of education.

“The field of teacher education still operates through the language of patriarchy, imperialism, and colonialism,” says Garcia. “This exploration of indigenous teacher education includes challenging the impact of feminism on indigenous women and teacher education. We would like to envision how to revolutionize education so that the Western patriarchal paradigm is not the norm for pre- and in-service public teachers.”

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March 20th, 2011
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HoSang Honored as “Outstanding Historian”

Daniel HoSang

University of Oregon professor Daniel Martinez HoSang was selected by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to receive the 2011 James A. Rawley Prize, which is given annually for the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the United States. HoSang’s book Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California was published in October 2010. OAH President David A. Hollinger and President-Elect Alice Kessler-Harris presented the prize March 19, 2011, in Houston, Texas, during the 104th annual meeting of the organization.

An assistant professor of ethnic studies and political science at the UO and a Center for the Study of Women in Society faculty affiliate, HoSang received faculty grant support from CSWS in 2009 for his research project “Reproductive Justice at the Ballot: Origins, Trends and Future Developments.”

March 8th, 2011
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“Gender Equality and Capitalism: The Impact of Capitalist Development on Women’s Economic Status and Rights”

March 8, 2012toMarch 9, 2012
Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

This two-day symposium, March 8-9, 2012, focuses on human rights and capitalism. Issues will include how to measure economic progress, human rights and the economy, women’s unpaid labor, the care crisis, and women and development. Part of the Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which is funded by a gift from Val and Madge Lorwin to the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law. The program is on the Morse Center’s website.

Main Sponsors

Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.


Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Departments of Ethnic Studies, Sociology and Geography.

March 7th, 2011
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Ellen Herman Receives ACLS Fellowship

Ellen Herman

Professor Ellen Herman, UO Department of History, recently won a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship. Herman, a CSWS faculty affiliate, will research the topic, “Autism, Between Rights and Risks.”


“Adjudicating rights and managing risks have been two of the most important responsibilities of government in modern U.S. history. Since 1945, the expansion of rights claims and the multiplication of risk designations have coincided. This project probes that coincidence by considering the case of autism. Today designated as a developmental disability, autism’s key characteristic—aloneness—challenges the sociability that grounds secure personhood and civic belonging. Autism therefore illuminates the boundaries of the human as well as the rights of citizens. This research project explores the following themes: autism and the campaign to measure, predict, and control developmental risks; autism as a controversial and increasingly prevalent clinical entity; autism as the basis for advocacy movements; autism and the right to education and early intervention; neurodiversity and democracy. Autism illustrates how risk itself became a legitimate basis for political mobilization, collective identification, and rights claims.”

March 7th, 2011
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Kate Mondloch Receives ACLS Fellowship

Kate Mondloch

UO assistant professor Kate Mondloch, Department of Art History, recently won a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship.

“I plan to write the first half of my second book while holding the ACLS Fellowship (which coincides with my sabbatical research leave),“ Mondloch said. “The book is a theoretical and historical analysis of media art informed by feminism from 1990 to the present, tentatively entitled Eye Desire: New Media Art After Feminism. Through case studies of exemplary artworks, exhibitions, and critical texts, the resulting book will offer a historical account of this prevalent yet under-studied field of artistic production, and introduce a new critical framework for understanding its distinctive models of multisensory spectatorship. Ultimately, the book’s theoretical model for assessing contemporary media art—screen-based art made with film, video, or digital technologies—invigorates interdisciplinary research on the connections between media technologies and human experience.”

Mondloch, who is also a CSWS faculty affiliate, was awarded a 2010 CSWS Faculty Research Grant for her research on this project.

March 7th, 2011
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Lamia Karim Interviewed by Wall Street Journal Reporter for Her Expertise on Microfinance

March 8, 2011: Court Upholds Yunus Sacking from GrameenWall Street Journal (A high court in Bangladesh Tuesday upheld a central bank decision last week that Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus must resign as head of the microfinance bank he founded, intensifying a struggle between Mr. Yunus and the government of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. …”A lot of this has to do with the personal animosity between Sheikh Hasina and Muhammad Yunus,” said Lamia Karim, an associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon-Eugene who has written a book on Grameen Bank.) — Noted in the UO Office of Communications daily eclips

Editor’s Note: Lamia Karim, associate director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, has a new book coming out the end of March.  Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh (University of Minnesota Press) is an in-depth feminist critique of the much-lauded microcredit process in Bangladesh.

March 3rd, 2011
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CSWS Associate Director Lamia Karim Interviewed on NPR

Listen to UO anthropology professor Lamia Karim on NPR’s All Things Considered:

Lamia Karim, associate professor of the University of Oregon Department of Anthropology and associate director of the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, was interviewed March 2 on NPR for her expertise on microfinance and the Grameen Bank. The story, titled “Nobel Winner Removed From Bank He Founded,” focuses on the efforts of the Central Bank of Bangladesh to remove Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus from his post as director of the Grameen Bank.

Karim had critical remarks to make about the effects of microfinance lending by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh: “Women, poor women in particular, are getting deeper and deeper in debt. And this is largely because, similar to the banking industry in the U.S., microfinance for a very long time has been an unregulated industry. So people could go out and extend loans to people without any kind of oversight.”

Karim has a new book coming out this month from the University of Minnesota Press. Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh is an in-depth feminist critique of the much-lauded microcredit process in Bangladesh.