"Memory and Peace Building: Women’s Resistance in Latin America"

April 3, 2019 - 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (already occurred)

This presentation explores the aesthetic and expressive practices that women's groups have appropriated to build peace toward reconciliation in Latin America. Dr. Sánchez-Blake explores women’s resistance and political organizations from Argentina (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo); Chile (Arpilleras); Central America (Las Dignas); and Chiapas, Mexico (FOMMA Theater troupe), along with an exploration aimed at better understanding of the role that women’s organizations have played in the recent Colombian peace process. She particularly discusses the role of Colombia’s Women’s Pacifist Route (Mujeres de la Ruta Pacífica) in raising awareness about women’s rights through art, testimonials, expressions and performances in order to transform victims of violence to agents of peace in their communities. She will conclude with cases of women's organizations having a key role in ending or stopping bloodshed on the battlefield. This presentation will address issues of historical memory, gender studies, artistic expressions and conflict resolution.

Contact Info

Lauren Gladu
(413) 542-2317
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