Women Are Ringleaders: Managing The Kyriarchy CircusThe UCSC Women's Center is hosting a leadership and communication conference Saturday, November 2, 2013 on our beautiful campus. We want to provide tools, networking and community building opportunities for the current generation of student women leaders on campus. We hope to engage women from all backgrounds in conversations about the origins of, and ideas behind, women's leadership, and to encourage all women to envision themselves as leaders in their classrooms, student organizations, and communities. In cognizance of this purpose, we invite you to share your knowledge around communication and leadership styles and women's empowerment.
About Our Theme, Some Thoughts and DefinitionsOur committee thought about everything women face educationally, professionally and personally. We try to create order in all these areas, and it can feel like stage managing a circus! We believe that women work and live at intersections of isms: racism, sexism, cisexism, ableism, ageism, etc. We speak about living in a patriarchal society--a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it (Wikipedia). Instead of gearing our conference towards tools used to combat patriarchy, we want participants to feel more comfortable recognizing and managing kyriarchy--"kyriarchy is best theorized as a complex pyramidal system of intersecting multiplicative social structures of superordination and subordination, of ruling and oppression"(Glossary, Wisdom Ways)--in various settings. The leader/stage manager of a circus has traditionally been called a Ringmaster. Of course, we're The Women's Center; "master" has no place in our vocabulary. We surfed to a definition of Ringleader: a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.: a ringleader of revolutionary activities. (Dictionary.com) Yes! So there we have it: we want to give participants tools and support to challenge authority, unpack privileges and oppressions, reflect authentic leadership, and identify how their communications styles help them negotiate the University. Not a tall order!
Invited Keynote: Michelle PottsMichelle graduated from UCSC in 2010 and is working on her PhD in the Rhetoric program at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include Feminist and Queer Theory; Visual studies, especially photography; Political Theory; and Hunger striking and other forms of bodily/political self-sacrificing. Michelle's work mainly focuses on the intersections of feminized labor, race and health. She had an essay about HIV and trans imprisonment published in the anthology CAPTIVE GENDERS: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. One of the editors is Histcon's very own Eric Stanley. We've posted the website for the book here: http://captivegenders.net/ Conference Student Learning Outcomes By the end of November 2, The Women's Center hopes that attendees will experience some of the following learning outcomes:
Deadline for registration: October 31, 2013.