Political Women in the Americas, Feb 23-24, 2012
Political Women in the Americas: Gender Culture Power and Public Life
Feb 23-24, 2012, Copley Formal Lounge
This conference will bring together a group of mostly US-based, mid-career and rising scholars whose work explores the very contemporary dynamics of gender and politics as they specifically condition women’s lives across the new world. From the rise of the female heads of state in countries as various as Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica, to the political fates of female former guerilla fighters in the Central American civil wars, to the impact of social and other new media technologies on women’s political activism in countries like Cuba, to the emerging complications of political feminism from both the right and the left in the Obama/Tea Party-era US, the papers presented at the conference will focus on very specific, often regional, national and even local topics, and will at the same time in concert help us pose the larger hemispheric question: can we detect in what we see before us today something like a “New (World) Politics of Gender”? The conference is richly interdisciplinary, gathering scholars presenting fields as various as history, sociology, anthropology, American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s Studies.