The Feminist Research and Latin American and Iberian Institutes would like to invite you to a special lecture given by Dr. Silvia Hirsch. Visiting from Argentina, Dr. Hirsch will present on “Sexual and Reproductive Health Practices and Beliefs Among Young Indigenous Women in Northwest Argentina.” The talk will take place on Monday February 22nd from 3:00-5:00pm in the History Department Common Room, Mesa Vista Hall 1104.
The sexual and reproductive health of indigenous women is influenced by “traditional” knowledge and practices but it also mediated by the intervention of public health programs. Dr. Hirsch’s talk will explore how indigenous women from northern Argentina undergo reproductive processes (menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, use of contraceptive methods), make decisions on whether to adhere to traditional knowledge while complying with the authoritative knowledge of the public health system. The talk will also underscore the role of the State in constructing ways of treating diversity in contexts of inequality.
The Feminist Research Institute is pleased to announce the first talk in our 2016 spring lecture series. Dr. KimberlyGauderman will be presenting on “Women and Domestic Violence in Latin American and US Law.” This talk will take place on Wednesday Feb. 17th from 12:00-1:00pm in Cherry/Silver (SUB).
Dr. Kimberly Gauderman, Associate Professor, Department of History.
“Women and Domestic Violence in Latin American and US Law.”
In modern times, the rights of citizens to equal access to resources, legal standing, and protection are predicated on the Enlightened construction of the individual as the bearer of these rights. For women, however, the framing of rights as an individual possession can limit their status and their ability to protect themselves. In Early Modern Spanish America, women sued husbands for domestic violence. This was possible because of the specific Iberian fuero-based legal system that recognized collective rights and the ability of women to claim juridical identities as a specific social group. Latin American women lost collective identities in nation states founded on the authority of individual rights. This legal and cultural shift continues to leave women unprotected from violence in many countries in Latin America today because women are invested with less status as individuals. Recently, the United States has recognized domestic violence as grounds for asylum. Women are able to claim this asylum status, not as individuals, but because of their membership in a “particular social group.” As scholars and activists, thus, we must theorize about justice not only as a measure of individual rights but also as the protection of collective identities. This presentation will focus on women and domestic violence historically and in contemporary US asylum law, based on archival research and experience as an expert witness in support of Latin Americans seeking asylum in the US because of threats to their sexual identity and domestic violence.
Please read the introduction to each chapter, and familiarize yourself with all the documents, before reading and commenting on the required selection below:
2-1: Dona Hilaria
2-2: Flora Tristan
Francois, “Making Ends Meet”
3-1: Acevedo de Gomez
Kirkendall, “Men-of-Letters Rule”
Murray, “Women, Gender, and Politics”
Remember please to focus your blog post on one primary, and one secondary source, from a single chapter (either 2 or 3). All readings should be complete by our first meeting on Tuesday.
Some students were asking for more background reading in women studies, and so I have added Joan Wallach Scott’s 1988 article to the “Schedule and Readings” page, Week 1.
I have gotten a few inquiries about exactly what you should be doing when, and how, so here are some reminders and updates:
- Your first blog post is due today at 5 pm, but remember that I won’t be able to see it on your blog unless you first send me your URL (address) for your own blog. If something goes wrong with your blog, please submit your post to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The blog due today should address the first chapter of Murray’s WGMLA, which I have already uploaded to the “Schedule and Readings” page for this week in case you have not received the book.
- Here are the instructions on the blog post from the syllabus: “By 5:00 pm each Monday, post to your blog a short essay with your observations and questions about the week’s readings, with a focus on one primary and one secondary reading from Murray’s chapter. Each post should be between 450 and 500 words, or a text four to five times as long as the paragraph you are reading. Since each of Murray’s chapters and source excerpts begins with an overview and questions for the readings, you can build on these questions and focus on two specific selections [one primary and one secondary], rather than trying to write comprehensively about all the week’s readings.
- Here, too, is my advice about submitting on time, even if it is not your best work: “I will be reading your blog posts each week, recording those completed on time and their success in addressing the readings on a limited scale (B for timely completion, A for evidence of engagement with readings). Blogs submitted after 5 pm Monday will not be accepted, but at the end of the semester, your lowest blog grade will be dropped. In other words, please post your thoughts on the reading in a timely fashion to get the most credit for this assignment and prepare well for discussion in class.”