Instructions for Thursday May 5

As I’ll explain today in class, I am inverting class sessions this week to give everyone more time to prepare a discussion on Murray Chapter 9.Please prepare by reading and noting your thoughts; a blog post is not required, but any blogs posted before Thursday on these materials will count as make-up for previously-missed blog posts.

Consider these questions on Murray Chapter 9:

  1. How are LA and the US connected through women’s labor?  What is old/new about maquila and domestic labor?
  2. Does anything strike you about the methods and sources used in this chapter’s secondary readings?  What is the authors’ evidence and how was it obtained?
  3. How do these scholars show women’s agency, and does their work  challenge stereotypes about LA women? How exactly are ideas about marianismo, machismo, and tradition at work in these women’s lives?
  4. Kellog calls the effects of globalization “paradoxical” in their effects on women: in what sense is this true, considering the works in the whole chapter?


Keynote speaker today

The link to the Complicated Research conference was broken, so here’s the information about today’s talk:

Dr. Jo-Marie Burth, George Mason University, WOLA
“Terror on Trial: Trial Observation as Research Practice Against Impunity”
Willard Room, Zimmerman Library

You may attend this event for special event credit.  Don’t forget to submit your commentary to me via email!

Important changes to schedule

Hello everyone:

With apologies for the very late notice, I am making the following changes to next week:

Week 12 – April 12-14: Latin American Feminisms [no blog]
April 14: Feminine and Feminist Protest in Cold War Latin America
[no additional readings — and due date for essay intro and outline postponed to April 19!!]

Please see the course page for additional information on the remaining weeks.


Instructions for April 4 blog post

As announced in class last Thursday, the instructions for April 4th blog post have changed:

  • Blog is on Murray Chapter 7, but you may focus on Chile or Argentina;
  • Please address the following question: “How did women in Chile/Argentina respond to dictatorship?”;
  • You do not have to discuss one primary, one secondary source, but rather can answer the question drawing on any parts of the chapter;
  • Word limit is 300 words.


No Blog Post Due Monday 3/28

Because of changes stemming from Randall’s master class, Randall’s book Haydee Santamaria and the blog post about it are not due. Next week.  I have moved a reading from required only for grads to Tuesday (Molyneux on Nicaragua), and there’s an article by Howe due Thursday.  No blog post — just read others’ blogs from this week (3/22-3/24) as assigned over the weekend.

NEW!!   You can find the list of blog groups, with URLs, here.  NEW!!
You do not need to comment on the blog sites themselves, just read your group’s blogs and prepare to discuss these topics on Tues and Thurs of next week.



Blog post on the Mexican Revolution

This coming week we are taking another break from Murray’s textbook to look at the Mexican Revolution and its impact on gender relations.  I have tried to keep these extra secondary readings short, and I recommend the Cano article (required for the grad students) to anyone interested in masculinity, transgendered bodies, and war.  (Now you really want to read it, right?)

For your blog post, please consider the following query: The Mexican Revolution of 1910 was Latin America’s first successful social revolution, as well as a product of the reformist project to build the welfare state that was common to all of Latin America.  Drawing on the examples of household labor, sexual commerce, and changes to family, please reflect on how and why the Revolution affected gender relations in post-revolutionary Mexico (from 1910 to roughly the 1950s).

You don’t have to write about all three (or four articles) but please do have them read as assigned for Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Have a great weekend!