“Women’s Voices. New Approaches to Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis”
September 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by: Lucía Melgar (@luciamelp) is a cultural critic and professor of literature and gender studies. After completing her PhD in Chicago and teaching at Princeton University, she returned to Mexico, where she has combined her academic career with activism on women’s rights. She is currently an associate researcher at ITAM, coordinator of the feminist magazine Con la A (www.conlaa.com), and writes a weekly opinion piece in the newspaper El Economista.
Description of the presentation: As violence and gender violence have increased in Mexico in the context of continuous militarization, young women, writers, journalists and filmmakers have made their voices heard through social protest, journalism, fiction and documentaries. Whereas street harassment and femicide have been the main concerns of many, serious human rights violations, such a forced disappearances, have mobilized older women to participate in the public sphere as mothers of the victims, while writers and filmmakers expose the dynamics and effects of violence. This talk centers on women’s social protests and artistic approaches in the last decade and argues that female representations and protest actions bring a different perspective on the human rights crisis and point at new ways of conceiving public space and the place of women in it.
Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at UW-Madison.
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