Gender Violence, Victimhood, and Feminist Resistance in Latin America and Spain (Part 1) (Seminar)


Spanish/Portuguese / Women's and Gender Studies

Diana Aramburu (University of California, Davis)

Morgan Smith (University of California, Davis)

On November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, women from all parts of Chile gathered in Santiago’s Plaza de Armas, to sing what has since become a feminist global anthem, Un violador en tu camino. Blindfolded with their fists in the air, protestors signaled the State’s failure to protect women against rape and other forms of gender-based violence. The chant and choreographed dance by the feminist collective Lastesis were quickly adapted, translated, and performed in cities worldwide to emphasize the State’s complicity in the crimes of rape and feminicide. Basing their lyrics and performance on theories by Rita Segato and Silvia Federici, Un violador en tu camino sends a clear and unequivocal message—the patriarchal State does not protect women, but rather threatens and victimizes them by actively facilitating and condoning gendered violence.

This seminar uses the 2019 global feminist performance piece as a springboard to discuss both fictional and real representations of gender violence, victimhood, and resistance alongside relevant theory on feminicide, violence against women, rape culture, and feminist resistance networks. We welcome papers in both English, Spanish, and Portuguese that examine how literature, personal testimonies, documentaries, movies, art, performance, photography, and social media have created new and alternate spaces to investigate and denounce the crises of feminicide and gender violence in Latin America and Spain. One of the main goals of the seminar is to understand what are the effective mediums that not only give visibility to these human rights issues, but through which key social and political issues, especially those pertaining to violence against women, are explored in Latin America and Spain. Pertinent theoretical implications and the social and political factors that contributed to the development of feminist resistance movements such as Ni Una Menos, Vivas nos queremos, #Cuéntalo, etc are also welcome.

This seminar uses the 2019 Un violador en tu camino as a springboard to discuss both fictional and real representations of gender violence, victimhood, and resistance alongside relevant theory on feminicide, violence against women, rape culture, and feminist resistance networks. We welcome papers in English, Spanish, or Portuguese that examine how literature, personal testimonies, documentaries, movies, art, performance, photography, and social media have created new, alternate spaces to investigate and denounce feminicide and gender violence in Latin America and Spain.