Hosted on February 16, 2024, the conference will gather University of California graduate students in the humanities or humanistic social sciences or arts to illuminate the myriad ways of tending, mending and imagining new worlds and ways of being that arise from – and transform – current crises into new possibilities. Different epistemological, aesthetic, cosmological, and political traditions conceptualize “care” and “repair” in ways that inform, (re)produce, challenge, and critically depart from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge practices.


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9:00 - 10:30AM - Technologies and Performances of Care and Repair

Moderator - Fuson Wang (Associate Professor,English,UC Riverside)

HL Doruelo (Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside)

Performing Kapwa: Care, Grief, and Relations of Responsibility in the Filipinx Diaspora

Allie Reichert & Loren Barbour (English, UC Riverside)

"I hope this email does not find you": The Uses of Spite

Sur Sanford (Critical Dance Studies, UC Riverside)

Re-Imagining Parallels of BDSM and Dance: The Impact of Care and Ethics of Consent

Zariah Tolman & Emilyn Malatag (Psychology, UC Riverside)

Positivity Outward: A Mentoring App for Youth Resilience and Connection


9:00 - 10:30AM - Engaging Texts, Framing Conversations with Care and Repair

Moderator - Emma Stapely (Assistant Professor, English, UC Riverside)

Keilee Bessho (Philosophy, UC Riverside)

It Takes Two to Tango: Issues for Reconciliatory Conversations in Rafia Zaharia's Attacking White Feminism

Zora Duncan (English, UC Riverside)

“‘Where I’ve always been’: The (Im)Possibility of Looking Anew in Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview,”

Nicolette Lecy (Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced)

Reclaiming Transracial Adoptee Epistemologies through the Expressive Arts

Miriam Villazón Valbuena (​​​​Hispanic Studies, UC Riverside)

Linguistics renaissance after Francoism in Spain: the case of Asturian language


11:00AM - 12:00PM - Environments of Care and Repair

Moderator - Jeanette Kohl (Associate Professor, History of Art; Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside)

Courtney Lamb (History, UC Riverside)

Multispecies Futurism

Sarah M. Wade Salisbury (History of Art, UC Riverside)

Re-Envisioning Historical Veneration of the American West – Navajo Decolonialization of US Commemorative Culture at the Four Corners Monument


11:00AM - 12:15PM - Responding to Violence with Care and Repair

Moderator - Elyse Ambrose (Assistant Professor, Study of Religion, UC Riverside)

Wentao Ma (Literature, UC San Diego)

When A Conversion Camp Meets its Media Form: Virtual Indifference & Coercive Care in Diagnosia (Mengtai Zhang, 2022)

Othandwayo Mgqoboka (Anthropology, UC Riverside)

Care and Repair in Death's Shadow

Karla Seijas (Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced)

Navigating the Frontlines of Care: A Comprehensive Approach to Caregiving for Post 9/11 Military Veterans


1:00 - 2:30PM - PLENARY PANEL: Care, Repair, and Otherwise: a Roundtable with Longtime Practitioners

What are the limitations of “care and repair” as a method or strategy of transformation or radical possibility?

Moderator - Dylan Rodríguez (Professor, Media and Cultural Studies; Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside)

Damien Sojoyner (Associate Professor, Anthropology, UC Irvine)

Sabina E. Vaught (Professor & Chair, Teaching, Leading, and Learning, University of Pittsburgh)

Connie Wun (PhD, AAPI Women Lead; I'm Ready Movement)


3:00 - 4:30PM - Theories and Pedagogies of Care and Repair

Moderator - Keith Miyake (Assistant Professor, Study of Religion, UC Riverside)

Bias Collins (Literature, UC San Diego)

Communicating Course Expectations with Care: Some Thoughts on Creating Care-Centered Syllabi

Fernando David Márquez Duarte(Political Science, UC Riverside), Dulce Alarcón Payán (Bio-Engineering, UC Riverside) & Zaira Vidal Cortes (Hispanic Studies, UC Riverside)

Decolonial Praxis Collective

Yiwen Huang (Political Science, UC Irvine)

Unstorying the Self: Sitting with Contradictions after Theory

Jovana Isevski (English, UC Riverside)

Faster than Life: Accelerationist Aesthetics and the Fungibility of Laboring Bodies in S. B. Divya’s The Machinehood


3:00 - 5:00PM - Bodies, Labor, and Communities of Care and Repair

Moderator - Carla Mazzio (Assciate Professor, English, UC Riverside)

Valerie Chacon (Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside)

In a good way: Compulsory healing and permission to ask on Indigenous mental health care seeking communities and individuals

Ashley McNelis (History of Art, UC Riverside)

Mother Art’s Laundry Works: A Collective Performance of Care

Marielys Burgos Melendez (Critical Dance Studies, UC Riverside)

Accessibility and Audio Description (AD) in Dance Making as Anti-Colonial Relational Praxis

Johanna Nieto (Hispanic Studies, UC Riverside)

Becoming Home

Elliot Richardson (History, UC Santa Cruz)

Trans Networks of Care in San Francisco's Tenderloin

Joshua Semerjian (Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced)

Reaching: Community-Engagement as Care for Youth Aspiration and Well-being


Sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society and the UC Humanities Research Institute, through a Multi-Campus Research Program grant from the UC Office of the President.


Plenary session is cosponsored by the Decolonizing Humanism(?) Initiative.

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