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Manisha Desai - Director of Women's Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology

Gender, Family, & Law in a Globalizing Middle East & South Asia (forthcoming)
Kenneth M. Cuno (Editor) & Manisha Desai (Editor)
The essays in this collection examine issues of gender, family, and law in the Middle East and South Asia. In particular, the authors address the impact of colonialism on law, family, and gender relations; the role of religious politics in writing family law and the implications for gender relations; and, the tension between international standards emerging from UN conferences and conventions and various nationalist projects. Employing the frame of globalization, the authors highlight how local and global forces interact and influence the experience and actions of people who engage with the law. By virtue of a 'south-south' comparison of two quite similar and culturally linked regions, contributors avoid positing 'the West' as a modern telos. Drawing upon the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, and law, this volume offers a wide-ranging exploration of the complicated history of jurisprudence with regard to family and gender.

Gender and the Politics of Possibilities: Rethinking Globalization
Gender and the Politics of Possibilities explores the lesser-known side of globalization beyond the effects of governments and multinational cooperations by taking a look at grassroots movements by women who have shaped and continue to shape globalization today. Manisha Desai highlights the significant role that women play in cross-border trade in Africa, in transborder activism on issues that affect women, and in cultural change and social justice.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide: Asia and Oceania
Women are working internationally to build a world based on gender equality and justice.  Their concerns are shaped by conditions in the own countries and regions, and also by conditions for women in other parts of the world.  Links forged by globalization, international relations, United Nations gender equality and development programs, and women’s nongovernmental organizations connect their futures.  This groundbreaking reference set documents the achievements and current challenges for all women, providing distortion-free and newly available information about women’s status in matters ranging from education to violence, in more than 130 countries in the worlds most populated areas.  Written by an international host of contributing specialists, this set is accessible to high school students and above.  Its consistent narrative coverage and relevant statistics are ideal for research and comparisons.  Readers will find that conceptions of women’s issues vary by country as the set illuminates diverse perspectives and contemporary practices that shape the variations in equality and well-being among women.  Judicious inclusion of historical processes helps frame the issues in a holistic perspective.  Volume maps, individual country maps, tables, photos, and set and volume indexes are also included.  The Asia and Oceania volume edited by Manisha Desai is one of six volumes in this set - the others are Central and South America, Europe, The Middle Ease and North Africa, North America and the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics
Nancy A. Naples (Editor) & Manisha Desai (Editor)
Women's Activism and Globalization is a broad and comprehensive collection that shows how women activists across the globe are responding to the forces of the "new world order" in their communities. The first person accounts and regional case studies provide a truly global view of women working in their communities for change. The essays examine women in urban, rural, and suburban locations around the world to provide a rich understanding of the common themes as well as significant divergences among women activists in different parts of the world. Both Dr. Desai and Dr. Naples are at UConn - Manisha Desai is an Associate Professor and Director of Women’s Studies and Nancy Naples is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at UConn.

For more information on Dr. Desai and her works, please visit her homepage.

 

Margaret Breen - Associate Professor of Women's Studies and English

Narratives of Queer Desire: Deserts of the Heart
Narratives of Queer Desire is an interdisciplinary project that uses literary analysis, personal testimony, and gender theory as a means of identifying and exploring LGBTQ stories. Taking its subtitle from Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart, Narratives of Queer Desire considers queer yearnings for stories other than those conventionally available, stories that, often located at the social margins and subject to violent regulation, engage and resist norms in literature, culture, and politics. Narratives of Queer Desire offers a story about the power of storytelling in our personal, professional, and political lives and at the sites of our desire, including the classroom. This is a story about how literature encounters loss, staves off aggression, and confronts erasure by offering itself as a site of care and empowerment and activism.

Butler Matters: Judith Butler's Impact on Feminist and Queer Studies
Margaret Sönser Breen (Editor) & Warren J. Blumenfeld (Editor)
Since the 1990 publication of Gender Trouble, Judith Butler has had a profound influence on how we understand gender and sexuality, corporeal politics, and political action both within and outside the academy. This collection, which considers not only Gender Trouble but also Bodies That Matter, Excitable Speech, and The Psychic Life of Power, attests to the enormous impact Butler's work has had across disciplines. In analyzing Butler's theories, the contributors demonstrate their relevance to a wide range of topics and fields, including activism, archaeology, film, literature, pedagogy, and theory. Included is a two-part interview with Judith Butler herself, in which she responds to questions about queer theory, the relationship between her work and that of other gender theorists, and the political impact of her ideas. In addition to the editors, contributors include Edwina Barvosa-Carter, Robert Alan Brookey, Kirsten Campbell, Angela Failler, Belinda Johnston, Rosemary A. Joyce, Vicki Kirby, Diane Helene Miller, Mena Mitrano, Elizabeth M. Perry, Frederick S. Roden, and Natalie Wilson.

For more information on Dr. Breen and her works, please visit her homepage.


Anne D'Alleva - Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Art & Art History

For more information on Dr. D'Alleva and her works, please visit her homepage.

 

Françoise Dussart - Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Anthropology

The Politics of Ritual in an Aboriginal Settlement: Kinship, Gender and the Currency of Knowledge
The Warlpiri of the Central Australian Desert maintain links to each other and to their lands in ritual performances that recreate the Dreaming itineraries of Ancestral Beings, such as Fire, Water, the Honey Ant, or the Emu. Each Warlpiri "owns" at least one Dreaming, but the performances of Dreaming stories are generally overseen by ritual leaders who ensure their proper reenactment. Drawing on a decade of fieldwork at the Yuendumu settlement, Françoise Dussart shows how female ritual leaders transcend the rigid physical divisions that separate them from their male counterparts and how they function simultaneously as individuals, as women, as Warlpiri, and as members of residential kin groups.

For more information on Dr. Dussart and her works, please visit her homepage.

 

Nancy A. Naples - Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology

Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics
Nancy A. Naples (Editor) & Manisha Desai (Editor)
Women's Activism and Globalization is a broad and comprehensive collection that shows how women activists across the globe are responding to the forces of the "new world order" in their communities. The first person accounts and regional case studies provide a truly global view of women working in their communities for change. The essays examine women in urban, rural, and suburban locations around the world to provide a rich understanding of the common themes as well as significant divergences among women activists in different parts of the world. Both Dr. Desai and Dr. Naples are at UConn - Manisha Desai is an Associate Professor and Director of Women’s Studies and Nancy Naples is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at UConn.

Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work, and the War on Poverty
Who are the grassroots warriors on the front lines of the war on poverty? Through in-depth interviews, Grassroots Warriors presents the voices of over sixty women--African American, Puerto Rican and white European Americans--who fought for social and economic justic in the low income neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia. Naples reconceptualizes labor, mothering, and politics from the standpoint of women committed to political organizing on behalf of low income urban neighborhoods. Her analysis reveals significant legacies from past social movements, and examines how gender, ethnicity, and class influence political consciousness and practice.

Teaching Feminist Activism: Strategies from the Field
Nancy A. Naples (Editor) & Karen Bojar (Editor)
From theoretical analysis to practical teaching tools, Teaching Feminist Politics is an indispensable guide for all educators seeking to link feminist theory and activism to their teaching. Themes for the collection include: exploring the relationship between feminist practice and Women's Studies pedagogy, demonstrating how feminist activism can be incorporated into introductory courses as well as senior seminars, and the particular challenges of integrating these methods into classroom practice. Also included are resources such as web sites, videos, recommended texts, and additional course outlines. Karen Bojar is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the Community College of Philadelphia.

For more information on Dr. Naples and her works, please visit her homepage.

 

Heather M. Turcotte - Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science

Petro-Sexual Politics: The Geopolitics of Knowledge, Violence and Transnational Justice
- manuscript in progress

For more information on Dr. Turcotte and her works, please visit her homepage.