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Pakistani Women's Labor at the Crossroads of Patriarchy and Capitalism, with Sameera Abbas

Gender Matters Episode 14
May 16,  2022
Produced by Surabhi Pant
Special Production Assistance from Omar Brown, 
Office of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers
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On this episode, guest Sameera Abbas and host Surabhi Pant discuss how literature serves as a tool in understanding the relationship between patriarchy and capitalism in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan. Sameera discusses the mechanism through which women's labor is rendered precarious in South Asia. How has linguistic preference shaped Sameera's academic work, and how the lives of women in Afghanistan shapes the lives of women across the western border of Pakistan.

Sameera Abbas is a PhD candidate and a Fulbright fellow in the Department of Comparative literature at University at Buffalo. She is currently on sabbatical leave from her position as a teaching faculty in the Department of English and Applied Linguistics at University of Peshawar where she has taught different literary and linguistic courses from 2008-2018.  Sameera is working on exploring the configurations of female labor in Pakistani literary and cultural representations and how women’s labor in the subcontinent has been shaped by colonial and capitalist interests. She is interested in investigating if and how the local literatures and cultural specimens of the pre-partition India and post partition Pakistan have been co-opted by the colonial and capitalist projects to create and sustain the hierarchies of gender and class.

Theory to Praxis: A conversation with Karen King, Katie Kicinski, and the students of Women Studies Internship Course.

Gender Matters Episode 13
May 9,  2022
Produced by Surabhi Pant
Special Production Assistance from Omar Brown, 
Office of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers
https://www.silvermansound.com

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On this episode, host Surabhi Pant speaks with Dr. Karen King, Erie County Commissioner of Public Advocacy, Katie Kicinski, doctoral candidate in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, and their students.

Dr. King and Kicinski discuss their collaboration on a Women's Studies Internship between the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies. The internship provides students the opportunity to develop public policy briefs related to women and gender in Erie County., this year's theme being - Child Care Costs & Caregiving. We talk about the description of the course for future students, the challenges of bringing theory to public policy, the bridge between between public service and academia, and making positive change through policy. Our conversation with students is about their experiences in this internship course.

The internship is available for advanced undergraduate and Master's students through GGS 496/GGS 560 and is open to non-GGSS majors who are interested in gender and public policy. 

Guest Biographies

Dr. Karen King - is the Commissioner of Public Advocacy for Erie County and the Executive Director of the Erie County Commission the Status of Women. The Commission works to provide resources to the women and girls of Erie County, to ensure that they participate fully in matters that have an impact on their lives, and toward the elimination of all gender based discrimination as well as the promotion of women’s economic, societal and political empowerment.

Dr. King has served as an adjunct graduate faculty member in the Higher Education Student Affairs Administration Program at Buffalo State College and in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Additionally, she has developed and taught courses and conducted numerous workshops on popular media culture, social justice advocacy, multicultural competency, privilege, gender, race and class. Dr. King’s research interests include examining the role gender, race, class, and popular culture play in informing women’s and girl’s identity development and access to opportunity.

She serves on the New York State Council for Women and Girls, the Board of the Family Justice Center, the Executive Committee of the University at Buffalo Gender Institute, The Minority, Women Business Enterprise Utilization Advisory Board Members, and the County of Erie and City of Buffalo Joint Certification Committee.

Katie Kicinski - is a PhD candidate in the Global Gender Studies department at the University at Buffalo where her research is focused on contraceptive autonomy and understanding women’s health care experiences and access to preferred methods.  She has been working in the field of health education/health promotion for over 11 years as a health engagement program manager for a local health maintenance organization, as well as an adjunct faculty member in the Health Promotion Department at Daemen College and School of Education and Human Services at Canisius College.  

Katie also serves as a Section Councilor for the Sexual and Reproductive Health unit of the American Public Health Association which focuses on ensuring that reproductive justice is supported by public health through maintaining and updating reproductive policies and representing the sexual and reproductive health section to other areas within the American Public Health Association.  

In addition to pursuing her doctorate, Katie also has a certification as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) in addition to her BS in Health Care Studies-Community Health from Daemen College and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Gendered Labor in China: A Feminist Critique of Political Economy, with Prof. Yige Dong

Gender Matters Episode 12
December 13, 2021
Produced by Surabhi Pant
Special Production Assistance from Omar Brown, 
Office of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers
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On this episode, guest Prof. Yige Dong and host Surabhi Pant discuss the utility of political economic approaches in examining labor and how a Feminist critique of the same complicates the questions related to both gender and work. Prof. Dong explains changes in labor relations in China and how do these changes affect women and their work choices in the global capitalist economy. 

Guest Biography

Yige Dong is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Global Gender & Sexuality Studies at SUNY Buffalo. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include political economy, gender, labor, feminist epistemology, and comparative-historical methods. Yige's research on Chinese labor politics and feminist movements has appeared in International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Critical Asian Studies, Modern China, and the Made in China Journal. She is also the recipient of grants and awards from the American Council of Learned Society, the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, the Association for Asian Studies, among others.
Yige is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled "The Fabric of Care: Women's Work and the Politics of Livelihood in a Chinese Milltown," that examines the politics of care work during the rise and fall of industrial socialism in China.

 

Against Walking the Line: Aurat March, Jugni, and South Asian Feminist Discourse, with Maria Amir

Gender Matters Episode 11
November 16, 2021
Produced by Surabhi Pant
Special Production Assistance from Omar Brown and Chris Cheung, 
Office of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers
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On this episode, guest Maria Amir and host Surabhi Pant discuss the meaning of South Asian Feminisms and how these understandings are different from identity based feminisms of the Global North. Maria discusses the meaning and conditions under which Aurat Marches (Women's March) have unfolded in Pakistan. We talk about her analysis of these Marches through the word Jugni, a tradittionally used word in Sufi folklore. Maria also explains why there cannot and should not be a common women's movement throughout the world.

Guest Biography

Maria Amir is a PhD candidate and a Fulbright fellow in the Global Gender Studies Department at University at Buffalo, SUNY.  Her work focuses on South Asian feminist folklore and postcolonial feminist and queer identities. She writes for DAWN.com on Human Rights, Feminism and Nationalism discourse in Pakistan. Maria is a former Human Rights journalist who worked primarily in Pakistan on issues concerning Gender and Minority rights for over 12 years. She also taught courses at the undergraduate level on Gender, Media Theory and Master Narratives at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) from 2014-2017. She holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan  and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK.

 

Sweet Talk: A Discussion on Sugar Dating, with Srushti Upadhyay

Gender Matters Episode 10
September 30, 2021
Produced by Surabhi Pant
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers
https://www.silvermansound.com

On this episode, guest Srushti Upadhyay and host Surabhi Pant discuss the Sugar Dating Industry. Srushti talks about her research on complexities in Sugar relationships, how and why people conflate it with sex work? We also discuss the impact of sugar research on gender studies, studies of family and relationships.

Guest Biography

Srushti Upadhyay is a Sociology PhD candidate at University at Buffalo. She graduated with a double Bachelors, Bachelors of Science in Economics and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, from Purdue University in Indiana. Following which she completed her Masters in Sociology at George Washington University in DC. She has been working as a Graduate Instructor and has taught undergraduate courses including Introduction to Sociology, Social Research Methods, Criminology, Race Crime and Criminal Justice and Sociology of Gender. She is also serving as the President of Sociology Graduate Student Association, along with being a committee member of Sociology Department’s Anti-Racism Committee. Additionally, Srushti has worked as a research assistant, contributing to books such as Discover Sociology, Discover Sociology: Core Concepts and Zoo Veterinarians: Governing Care on a Diseased Planet. Earlier this year, Srushti published an article in The Journal of Sex Research, titled, “Sugaring: Understanding the World of Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies”. This article was recognized as the Editor’s Choice Article in March by the Journal of Sex Research. Srushti was also interviewed by BuzzFeed News regarding her research about the sugar industry in the United States by BuzzFeed for the article titled, “Lesbian Sugar Mamas And Sugar Babies Talk About Their Relationships”.

Gender Matters: Welcome to Our New Host

Gender Matters Episode 9
August 25, 2021
Produced by Surabhi Pant and Hilary Vandenbark
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

On this episode, we say farewell to host Hilary Vandenbark and welcome our new host, Surabhi Pant! Hilary and Surabhi discuss Surabhi's research interests in the gendered effects of neoliberalism, capitalism, and colonialism on rural Indian women's land use. We also talk about what Surabhi is looking forward to in working at the Gender Institute and what Hilary has enjoyed most about her time here.

Guest Biographies

Surabhi Pant is the new Graduate Assistant to the Gender Institute and a P.h.D student with the department of sociology.  She is a qualitative researcher interested in understanding changes in land use and gender relationships resulting from development discourses in India. Her dissertation aims at exploring the relationship between broader structural forces like neoliberalism, capitalism, colonialism, and rural women’s connection with their land and biophysical environment in the Northern Himalayan region of India. She is also passionate about decolonizing theory and methodologies

Hilary Vandenbark is the outgoing Graduate Assistant to the Gender Institute. In 2019, she was a Women and Public Policy Fellow at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, SUNY Albany. Hilary worked as a housing and economic security policy consultant at the New York Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence as part of the fellowship. During her time at the Gender Institute, Hilary founded the Gender Matters podcast, organized the Gender Institute’s Black Lives Matter book club, facilitated Master Classes with our signature speakers, and participated in the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop.

Gender, Sexuality, and Speech: A Conversation with Dr. Kathryn Campbell-Kibler

Episode 4 of Gender Jargon, the miniseries on language and gender
June 15, 2021
Produced by Sydney Jameson-Blowers
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

On this episode, guest Dr. Kathryn Campbell-Kibler of Ohio State University and host Sydney Jameson-Blowers discuss how gender and sexuality impact both speech perception and sociolinguistic perception, as well as how gay speech is stereotyped across the globe, and new advancements that are being made in psycholinguistics with regard to gender and sexuality. 

Guest Biographies

Kathryn Campbell-Kibler is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. She received her BA and MA in linguistics from the University of Chicago, and her PhD in linguistics from Stanford University. She works on sociolinguistic cognition, most recently focusing on how Ohioans think about language difference within Ohio and how OSU students change their speech when they come to college. With a group of PhD students, she has developed OhioSpeaks, an integrated research and teaching project using real sociolinguistic data to improve courses university-wide.

Feminist Voices Across the Globe: An Introduction to the Global Feminisms Project with Dr. Abigail Stewart and Marisol Fila

Episode 3 of Gender Jargon, the miniseries on language and gender
May 25, 2021
Produced by Sydney Jameson-Blowers
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

On this episode, guests Dr. Abigail Steward and Marisol Fila of the University of Michigan and host Sydney Jameson-Blowers discuss the Global Feminisms project, a comprehensive archive of feminist voices from across the globe, and how it is being used in the classroom and in everyday life to diversify the conversation on feminism as we know it.

Guest Biographies

Abigail Stewart is Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan. She has degrees from Wesleyan University, London School of Economics and Harvard University.  Her research interests include political activism, personality development and change in the context of experience and social history, and institutional change in higher education. 

Marisol Fila is a PhD Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Michigan. Her research explores twenty-first century articulations between diasporic and Black national identities in digital and print presses from São Paulo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lisbon, Portugal.  Marisol is also interested in Critical Pedagogy, Digital and Public Humanities and in the ways in which technology and digital media can serve as a tool to share her research and work to a wider audience, but also to develop digital projects in partnership with Afro-descendant organizations across Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries. 

The Ongoing Experiment of Human Language: Gender, Grammar, Semantics, and Typology with Dr. Juergen Bohnemeyer

Episode 2 of Gender Jargon, the miniseries on language and gender
April 14, 2021
Produced by Sydney Jameson-Blowers
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

On this episode, guest Dr. Juergen Bohnemeyer of the UB Department of Linguistics and host Sydney Jameson-Blowers discuss gender as it relates to semantics and grammar. Bohnemeyer shares his current research on cross-linguistic inflectional categories, including gender, and how a language's grammatical gender categories tend to change over time. 

Guest Biography

Bohnemeyer earned a Masters in Linguistics from Bielefeld University in Germany in 1992 and a PhD from Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 1998. He then joined the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, first as a postdoc and from 1999 as a senior research fellow. He came to UB as an Assistant Professor in 2003, received tenure in 2008, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2018.

The Chicken and the Egg: Stereotypes, Sexuality, and Speech Perception with Jamison Wezelis

Episode 1 of Gender Jargon, the miniseries on language and gender
March 19, 2021
Produced by Sydney Jameson-Blowers
Theme music: Liturgy of the Street by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

On this episode, host Sydney Jameson-Blowers and guest Jamison Wezelis discuss the markers, stereotypes, and perceptions surrounding gay speech. Jamison shares his insights on the effects of various stereotypes on the LGBTQ+ community, as well as how a persons' way of speaking can shape their identity. He also considers the impact of bilingualism on speech production and perception, as well as the intersections of culture, media, sexuality, and language.

Guest Biography

Born, raised, and currently living in Rochester, NY, Jamison is a former middle school Spanish teacher who is now a full time PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Buffalo. His research interests center around LGBTQ+ linguistics especially as they relate to sociophonetics and bilingualism. In his free time, Jamison enjoys traveling, Netflix, music, and watching/rewatching RuPaul´s Drag Race.