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Recent years have witnessed increased international commitments to abolish cultural practices deemed inherently harmful to women, particularly child marriage, female genital cutting and intimate partner violence. Addressing an urgent need to share insights across disciplines, this workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary group of social scientists, including evolutionary and cultural anthropologists, demographers, sociologists, political scientists and economists, each forging a new understanding of the origins and drivers of so-called ‘harmful cultural practices’; both questioning and informing current efforts of the international development sector to discourage them. Emphasis will be on low and middle-income country contexts, with invited speakers from both Europe and the Americas. Discussion sessions will focus on cross-cutting issues such as context-dependency in the evidence for harm, identifying the motivations of multiple actors that maintain seemingly harmful practices and the conflicts of interest therein, methodological considerations when working with sensitive research topics, and the evaluation and design of behavior change initiatives.
Karisa Cloward (Southern Methodist University): When Norms Collide: Local Responses to Activism Against FGM and Early Marriage.
Mhairi Gibson (University of Bristol): Measuring Hidden Support for 'Harmful Cultural Practices' in rural Ethiopia.
Gerry Mackie (University of California, San Diego): When and How is Law Effective in Reducing the Practice of FGM/C?
Erica Field (Duke University): Power vs Money: Alternative Approaches to Reducing Child Marriage in Bangladesh, a Randomized Control Trial
Susie Schaffnit (University of California, Santa Barbara): Understanding Early Marriage in Context: Marital Timing and Women's Wellbeing in Kisesa, Tanzania.
Nicolas Syrett (University of Kansas): Child Marriage and the Law in the United States.
Jonathan Stieglitz (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole): Marital Violence and Fertility in a Relatively Egalitarian High Fertility Population.
Janet Howard (University of Bristol): Can Evolutionary Anthropology Help to Explain Levels of Male-Female Intimate Partner Violence?
Brooke Scelza (University of California, Los Angeles): Concurrency in Context: The Roles of Autonomy, Mobility and Kinship.
This one-day cross-disciplinary workshop will feature research from leading economists, psychologists, and sociologists on the sources and consequences of women’s underrepresentation in scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”) fields of study and occupations. Although women have made great strides in gaining access to labor markets and systems of higher education in the United States, many STEM fields—particularly in certain physical sciences and engineering—remain strongly male dominated. The goal of this conference is to generate a broader conversation about the individual, structural, and cultural dynamics underlying the gender segregation of STEM fields, the ways in which gender may interact with racial, ethnic, class, and/or sexual identities in these domains, and how these dynamics may vary across time and across contexts.
Mary Blair-Loy (UC San Diego, Sociology) "Gender in Engineering Departments: Are There Gender Differences in Interruptions of Academic Job Talks?"
Sapna Cheryan (University of Washington, Psychology) “Why are some STEM Fields Less Gender Balanced than Others?”
Erin Cech (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Sociology) “Queer in STEM? Emergent Research on LGBTQ Inequality in Science and Engineering Fields”
Stefanie Fischer (Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, Economics) “The Downside of Good Peers: How Classroom Composition Differentially Affects Men’s and Women’s STEM Persistence”
Dafna Gelbgiser (Cornell University, Study for the Center of Inequality) “Green for All? Gender Segregation and Emerging Green Fields of Study in US Higher Education."
Donna Ginther (University of Kansas, Economics) “Why Do Women Leave Computer Science and Information Technology Jobs?”
Sharon Sassler (Cornell University, Policy Analysis and Management) “Girls that Code: Estimating the Returns to Gender among Computer Science Professionals”
Kim Shauman (UC Davis, Sociology) "Who Applies for STEM Faculty Positions? Gender and Racial Differences in Applications and Qualifications"
Cate Taylor (Indiana University, Bloomington, Gender Studies and Sociology) “‘The Women Always Fail Thing’: The Specter of Motherhood in the Careers of Young Scientists and Engineers”
Bruce Weinberg (Ohio State University, Economics) “Gender, Peer Effects, and Outcomes in Doctoral STEM Programs”
Population scholars from all over the world, and from several disciplines, will be gathering in San Diego April 30-May 2 for the annual meetings of the Population Association of America. On May 4, several distinguished members of this group will join us here at UCSB to present and discuss their work. The first session focuses on European demography and, in particular, demographic responses to the Great Recession. The second session includes papers on innovative methods for measuring spatial inequality and social mobility. In the afternoon, the focus shifts to the intersection of health, the environment, and population, concluding with a panel discussion of research frontiers in this area by UCSB faculty and visitors.
Francisca M Antman (University of Colorado, Boulder) “For want of a cup: The rise of tea in England and the impact of water quality on economic development”
Francesco Billari (Oxford University) “Employment and fertility during the Great Recession: evidence from Italy”
Barbara Entwistle (University of North Carolina) “Data infrastructure for the 21st century: Challenges of fully integrating PHE”
John Ermisch (Oxford University) “Social Mobility”
Aart Liefbroer (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute) “Childhood disadvantage and demographic choices in young adulthood: A European perspective”
Fernando Riosmena (University of Colorado, Boulder) “A reflection on the association between (precipitation) variability and US migration out of rural Mexico”
Michael White (Brown University) "Developing Spatial Inequality in Africa"
Indigenous people (or native peoples, tribal peoples) number about 370 million in over 5,000 populations in 70 countries. Despite comprising only 5% of the world population, indigenous people constitute about 15% of the world’s poor. Many indigenous people continue to practice traditional subsistence practices, although the kinds and pace of lifestyle change vary widely among groups. In 2013, no group remains a pristine “isolate”; all are enmeshed to some extent in the politics, economics and culture of national and global society. Macro-level changes in socioeconomic conditions, market participation and acculturation (loosely combined into the term “modernization”) present new opportunities and challenges among indigenous people today. Despite the growing awareness and appreciation of indigeneity worldwide, even two decades after the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was declared by the United Nations in 1994, indigenous people often experience higher morbidity and mortality than other populations in their home countries, higher poverty and greater discrimination. The gaps in wealth and income between indigenous and non-indigenous people have remained the same in many nations, especially in Latin America.
The goal of this workshop is to highlight current and potentially future health risks of indigenous people, and to address the related question about what causes and perpetuates “poverty traps” that lead to further health inequities. We pose the same question raised in the title of a paper in Lancet in 2006: “Indigenous peoples health – why are they behind everyone, everywhere?”. The epidemiological transition from receding pandemics to “lifestyle” non-communicable diseases has been observed in industrialized societies over the course of centuries, but has been non-existent, recent and incomplete among many indigenous populations, where many may suffer from both common infections like malaria and chronic diseases such as heart disease. Important questions to address include: (1) Are indigenous people at greater risk of certain types of ailments than majority populations? (2) Are new health threats emerging (e.g. obesity, diabetes, alcoholism) at the same time that others are diminishing (e.g. tuberculosis)? (3) What are the obstacles to improving indigenous physical and mental well-being? (4) How is the changing state of indigenous health and well-being impacted (and impacting) social networks and other traditional means of buffering risk? (5) How do indigenous people perceive and conceptualize their own health, wealth and status amid socioeconomic change? The assembled group of speakers from across the social sciences will address these and other related questions.
Josh Snodgrass "Health of indigenous circumpolar populations"
Flora Lu and Mark Sorensen "The Effects of Market Integration on Childhood Health and Well-Being in the Ecuadorean Amazon"
When families immigrate to the US, they may come together or in several stages. These moves constitute a major disruption along their members’ developmental paths and a dramatic change in the social and economic context of their demographic behaviors. Given the complexity of these trajectories -- involving joint interactions among duration of schooling, family formation, fertility, and engagement with the labor market -- this is an area of research that will benefit from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Three important approaches to framing this complex set of processes include life course theory from social psychology/sociology; life cycle theory from economics; and heterodox perspectives focused on place, exposure, and timing from geography.
The goal of the conference is to bring together leading and new researchers on family immigration working in a number of disciplinary perspectives, with a view to forging links that will yield new collaborative research. To this end, the format will schedule ample time for informal interactions.
Carola Suarez-Orozco "Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status"
As the economic lives of men and women have converged, families have become both highly diverse and socioeconomically stratified in the United States and other countries. “Gender and Family in the New Millennium”, a day-long research workshop presented by the new Leonard and Gretchan Broom Center for Demography, will be held on the UCSB campus on Friday, March 2, 2012. This event brings together a group of leading scholars in sociology and economics who study the nature and origins of gender inequality in modern society and the economic, social and cultural influences that help shape contemporary work and family life. This will be the first in a series of Broom Center multidisciplinary research conferences exploring the frontiers of social science research on human populations.