Faculty Research Workshop

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Ashley Bohrer 

Next Workshop - March 5 

12pm-1:15pm via Zoom

Ashley Bohrer, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Gender (and Prison) Abolition: Provisional Notes on the Carcerality of Gender

The discourse of gender policing has opened a fecund field of analysis for exploring the ways that gender is interwoven into the policing and prison systems. Such analyses have revealed that the institution of the police is fundamentally incompatible with gender liberation and feminist futures. In many circles (both academic and activist), the name for dismantling the police and prison system is most often expressed as 'abolitionism.' But within feminist circles, 'abolitionism' takes on another sense entirely, under the aegis of 'gender abolitionism', or the call to dismantle gender entirely as a system underpinning social, political, economic, and collective life. The term 'gender abolitionism' is hotly contested, with some feminists arguing it is the only cogent response to heteropatriachy, and others teasing out the often transphobic implications/assumptions of this discourse. This paper looks at the discourse of gender abolitionism asking two questions: is it possible to think of a trans-inclusive gender abolitionism? And if so, what might be the relationship between gender abolition and prison abolition?

Ashley J. Bohrer's work focuses on the relationship between exploitation and oppression as articulated in feminist theory and social movements. Bohrer, who holds a PhD in philosophy from DePaul University, studies complex patterns of discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality, and class, focusing on the intersections of these varieties of injustice. She is the author of Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism.

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Sharing Research, Building Community

Our Program introduced the Gender Studies Faculty Research Workshop series in 2018. We host two workshops each semester and welcome the participation of Gender Studies faculty and students, as well as those in presenters’ home departments.

The series provides an opportunity for Gender Studies faculty members to share their scholarship or creative work and to get feedback from colleagues who share their interest in gender and sexuality studies. Our expectation is that the great diversity of perspectives and expertise among our faculty will improve everyone’s work by highlighting disciplinary blind spots, introducing scholars to new literature and emerging lines of inquiry, and fostering an interdisciplinary intellectual community for exchanging ideas related to gender and sexuality.

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“The faculty research workshop helped me hone a first, very rough draft into a focused publication. Given the interdisciplinary makeup of our Gender Studies Program, faculty from across a number of fields came to the presentation and asked compelling, helpful questions that helped me work through the issues I had identified at the outset. Thanks to the supportive, critical feedback I received, I left the workshop with a definitive, actionable plan for proceeding with my research.”

—Francisco Robles, Assistant Professor, English

The Gender Studies Faculty Research Workshop was an excellent opportunity to present new material to an interdisciplinary audience. Rarely are scholars offered the chance to draw feedback from so many different voices across the humanities. This, plus the casual atmosphere and collegial vibe, made it a really unique and enjoyable experience.

—Elyse Speaks, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Art History

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