Thanks for Attending the Grad Forum!

The 2017 Grad Forum was held in the newly-renovated Erb Memorial Union (EMU) on May 12th, and featured eight exciting panel discussions that highlighted the impressive research being done by the UO’s graduate students. Presentations covered a wide variety of topics, from how electron vortices are like “twisted light,” and how religion influences end-of-life medical decisions, to how Jane Fonda's 1980s home-workout videos reflect victim-blaming political rhetoric of that era.

All panels were interdisciplinary, bringing together the expertise and perspectives of graduate students from across campus to discuss each topic. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Performative Lady Power: Panelists Zeina Salame, Ellen Gillooly-Kress, and Chelsea Couch discussed the concept of performativity and how it relates to feminism. In pursuit of autonomy and full subjecthood, the panelists asserted that women sided with the subject as a means of distancing themselves from patriarchal objectification. Why not subvert the system, side with the object for a change? Salame, Gillooly-Kress, and Couch will claim their own kind of lady power by revealing and addressing the common threads that tie these different areas together.

Perspectives on Environmental Inequity: From Knowledge Systems to Empirical Analyses: Environmental inequity research investigated the disproportional impacts between marginalized communities and environmental hazards. This panel demonstrated various perspectives in environmental inequity research including knowledge systems, empirical analyses, and international perspectives. Discussion will range from a multimedia storytelling look at the relationships between local knowledge, science, salmon, and climate change in Cordova, Alaska, to considering how climate change disproportionately affects marginalized groups.

Corporations and the State: How do new industries in the Netherlands emerge through collaboration in the absence of socio-political contention and/or radical technological innovation? How are Cuban corporate communications creating a type of nationhood, exemplifying the way that corporations can change culture through corporate communication?

These questions were discussed during this interdisciplinary and international panel that sought to examine the interactions that can create and influence industry emergence, state policies, culture, and ideology.

The Graduate School was excited to host the 8th Annual Graduate Research Forum with the Three Minute Thesis Competition. We hope to see you next year!

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