Plenary Speakers

CINDI KATZ

A cultural geographer, is Professor in the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Environmental Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and American Studies. Her research concerns social reproduction, the production of nature, the workings of the security state in everyday environments, the privatization of the public environment, the cultural politics of childhood, and the intertwining of memory and history in the geographical imagination. She has published widely on these themes as well as on social theory and the politics of knowledge.  In a variety of collective endeavors Katz is continuing to develop her ideas around ‘minor theory, and ‘counter-topography.’ She is working on two book projects: ‘childhood as spectacle’ and a collection of her writings on social reproduction. She has collaborated with artists in projects at the Santa Fe Institute for the Arts, the Whitney Curatorial Program, Mary Miss’s City as Living Laboratory, Parsons/The New School University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. Her book “Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives” (University of Minnesota Press 2004) received the Meridian Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work from the Association of American Geographers. Katz held a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2003-4, and was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at University of Cambridge in 2011-12.

KEISHA-KHAN Y. PERRY

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and specializes in the critical study of race, gender, and politics in the Americas with a particular focus on black women’s activism, urban geography and questions of citizenship, feminist theories, intellectual history and disciplinary formations, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy, and political engagement. She has conducted extensive research in Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States. She recently completed “Black Women against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil” which is an ethnographic study of black women’s activism in Brazilian cities. The book examines their participation and leadership in neighborhood associations and how and in what ways their interpretations of racial and gender identities intersect with urban spaces. She is currently writing “Anthropology for Liberation: Research, Writing and Teaching for Social Justice” while working on two other research projects. She is engaged in a study which documents and analyzes the historical paradox of citizenship and black land ownership and loss in Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States. She is also working on a multi-lingual and transnational exploration of black women’s political work in Latin America by critically examining how black women mobilize political movements across borders and how they understand themselves as agents in creating a diasporic community.

PUNAM KHOSLA 

Scholar-activist and University lecturer. Her current research theorizes the corporeal logic of everyday gendered, racialized and sexualized violence. She has worked as an educator, organizer, cultural curator, policy analyst, researcher and public speaker in academia, government, media, arts and community-based organizations. Khosla returned to academia after a long journey of activist engagement in community projects and working at various political levels to reflect on and break through the cul-de-sacs and questions that haunt social movements in their quest for social transformation. Building on a long and varied activist history her work on racialized, gendered and sexual violence speaks to the violent production of marked bodies and rethinks the social contours of race, gender, sexuality and dis-ability as a crucial foundation and erased third leg of the present world system. At once de-colonial, feminist and historical materialist, Khosla’s theorization of the corporeal social realm and its role in capitalist and spatial productions moves past the limits of a cultural, discursive, political-economic, territorial-geographical analytical architecture that defines radical social and political thought.