Transgress - Winter 2016

Scholars' Studio: Transgress research at the Research Commons. February 25, 2015

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Opening Presentation – SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage History Project

  • Conor Casey, Labor Archivist, UW Libraries

Conor Casey is the founding labor archivist of the Labor Archives of Washington, UW Libraries Special Collections. From 2001-2008, he worked at the Labor Archives & Research Center at San Francisco State University, becoming archivist and visual collections curator. Accredited by the Academy of Certified Archivists, Casey holds an MA in U.S. History with a concentration in labor and public history from San Francisco State University, and a MLIS from San José State Uni-versity with a concentration in archives and academic reference. Conor became interested in labor history through researching family history. His maternal grandfather was a striking San Francisco ILA longshoreman during the 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike and was later a member of ILWU Ship’s Clerks Local 34.


Queering the History of Slavery

  • Caleb Knapp, English

Caleb Knapp is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Washington, and an instructor for the Expository Writing Program on campus. He also teaches composition for University Beyond Bars at the Monroe Correctional Complex. His research explores the connections between science, race, and sexuality in transatlantic slavery.


Trauma and Transgenerational Haunting in El Trovador by Antonio García Gutiérrez

  • Emmy Herland, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Emmy Herland holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently working towards a PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Washington, where her main field of study is seven-teenth century Spanish literature. Within that field, she primarily studies depictions of women and corporeality as well as the representation of supernatural phenomena such as ghosts and witchcraft.


Not Just Copy and Paste: Online Teaching and Pedagogic Practice

  • Tylir McKenzie, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and The Graduate School

Tylir McKenzie is a 5th year PhD student in Feminist Studies looking to defend their dissertation this year. Their research focuses on online education, feminist pedagogy and critical university studies – and, specifically, the need for faculty community for online educators. They currently work as the Project Development Coordinator for The University of Washington Graduate School, where they work as a part of the preparing for graduate education team. In addition to working for UW, they have also been teaching online in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies for Central Washington University for the past 5 years.


Stepping in, Stepping Out: Undergraduate Research and Public Scholarship

  • Emily Thompson, Library and Information Science, iSchool

Emily has a master's degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Washington and is in her second year of the Master of Library and Information Science program at the iSchool. Her areas of interest include digital humanities, public scholarship, and translation. She is currently part of a capstone team that will develop user experience tools and recommendations for the Sephardic Studies Digital Library and Museum.


The Body as the Battlefield: How Women Workers in China Use Drama Performance in Breaking Boundaries

  • Yiyu Tian, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Yiyu Tian is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. She received her M.A. on Chinese Area Studies from Aalborg University, Denmark. Her interest is in the issue of the body and reproductive justice of working-class women in China. Her work involves the study of performance, labor issues, and medical discourses and practices in China. Based on her fieldworkwith Chinese NGOs that support women workers, her current research focuses on the issue of the body in women workers’ dramaperformance in Shenzhen, China.


Telling Their Own Stories: Native American Interpreters at Living History Museums

  • Sierra Young, Museology

Sierra is completing her MA in Museology at the University of Washington. She received her BA in history and anthropology from the University of South Florida. Sierra is interested in Native American representation and power dynamics in museums. She currently works as a collections management assistant at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in their Ethnology Department. Sierra was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Savoring Spatial Negotiations

  • Kurt Koegel, Architecture/Built Environments

Kurt Koegel lived and worked in Europe, dancing, choreographing and teaching contemporary dance from 1988 – 2012. This work culminated in designing and directing the Masters Program in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt. His current research focuses on embodying intention, empathically listening while physically interacting and examining our way of navigating spatial circumstances. He is currently working towards his Masters in Architecture in the College of Built Environments. His interest is in exploring the exchange of influence between human movement, spatial perception, social interaction - and the design of the built environment.