Workshop – April 10, 2010
Conference – Fall, 2010

LOCATION: 548 William Pitt Union

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Reframing Gender, Power, and Resistance in Latin America and Asia is a two-part project consisting of a one-day workshop on April 10, 2010 and a one-day conference in the fall of 2010.

This project will bring together leading scholars in Asian and Latin American studies to create new understanding and knowledge in the areas of gender, race, and class.  The purpose of this project is to deepen the understanding of the postcolonial human conditions, and produce new knowledges in the overdetermined process of  subjectivities by exploring intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class at various localities in Latin America and Asia. 

Latin America and Asian linkages have been particularly understudied despite the increasing political, economic, and cultural importance of the relationships between the two. By purposefully privileging these linkages, we intend to move from a responsive production of theories toward a more self-representative, self-affirming, non-exploitive understanding of the people negotiating with their immediate contexts and larger environments.

In the preparatory workshop in Spring 2010, twelve scholars in Latin American, Caribbean, and Asian Studies will lead an intensive seminar with Pitt faculty and advanced graduate students. The workshop will serve as the platform for the inaugural conference in the fall 2010. The leaders of the workshop will work together to develop the conference and a post-conference book.

The keynote speaker of the workshop is Dr. Trinh T. Minh-ha, Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender and Women's Studies at University of California Berkeley.



Kiran Asher
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change,
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment,
Clark University

Elora H. Chowdhury
Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Yukiko Hanawa
Senior Lecturer, Japanese Language,   Department of  East Asian Studies, New York University.

Elizabeth Monasterios
Associate Professor of Latin American Literature  and Chair, Hispanic Languages  and Literatures,  University of  Pittsburgh

Young Rae Oum
Korea-Japan Postdoctoral Fellow, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Prajna Parasher
Associate Professor, Director Film and Digital Technology, Chatham University

Julieta Paredes
Aymara/Bolivian feminist, lesbian activist, poet, and founder member of Mujeres Creando and Asamblea Feminista.

Michelle Rowley
Assistant Professor to the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland.

Millie Thayer
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Trinh Minh-ha
Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender and Women's Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Sasha Su-Ling Welland
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Womens Studies, University of Washington.

Ara Wilson
Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Cultural Anthropology and Director of the Study of Sexualities, Duke University

Programming - April 2010 Workshop

Date: April 10, 2010
Location: TBA

Registration  8:30 to 9 AM

Opening Ceremony 9:00 to 9:30 PM

Keynote Speech by Dr. Trinh T. Minh-ha 9:30 to 10:45 AM

Panel I  11: 00 - 12: 15 PM
Leaders: Parasher, Rowley, Asher, Welland
Theme: Ethics and Ontologies of Gender Research, Locating the Researcher

Panel II  1:15 – 2:30 PM
Leaders: Hanawa, Oum, Monasterios, Thayer
Theme: Translingual and Transnational Politics of Gender,  Representation, Nationalism.

Panel III 2:45 – 4:00 PM
Leaders: Chowdhury, Wilson, Paredes
Theme: Dislocating Gender/Sexuality/Class/Race, Politics of Gender and  Development, Human Rights

Concluding Roundtable  4:15 to 5 PM

Programming - Fall 2010 Symposium



Sponsored by: UCIS, Asian Studies Center, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Center for Latin American Studies, Provost office, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Center for the Study of Latin American Literatures, Japan Endowments and Pitt Humanities Center


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