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Scholars@Hallwalls: UB’s Gwynn Thomas on Gender in Latin American Politics

This afternoon (Friday, February 7, 4pm) Hallwalls continues its occasional Scholar@Hallwalls series of lectures with a talk by mime-attachmentGwynn Thomas, associate professor of Global Gender Studies in UB’s Department of Transnational Studies. The topic oh her talk, titled “Las Presidentas: Challenging Masculine Norms in Latin American Politics,” is the perception and reality of gender roles in Latin American politics.

Here’s the description:

Despite popular  stereotypes of countries  dominated by machismo, Latin  America has led the way in  electing women to executive  political office. In the  last ten years, women have  been elected to the  presidency in Chile  (Michelle Bachelet, 2006),  Argentina (Cristina  Fernández de Kirchner, 2007,  re-elected 2011), Costa Rica  (Laura Chinchilla, 2010),  and Brazil (Dilma Rouseff,  2011). This talk examines  how gender has shaped the  meaning and social  significance of the office  of the presidency and how  women presidents are  challenging the often  taken-for-granted connections  between men, masculinity and  political power embedded  9780271048499_p0_v3_s260x420within political  institutions.

Thomas teaches  courses on feminist theory,  women and politics in Latin  America, global women’s  movements, and the gendered  development of  nation-states. Her first  book, Contesting Legitimacy  in Chile: Familial Ideals,  Citizenship, and Political  Struggle, 1970-1990 (Penn  State Press 2011), examines  the mobilization of familial  beliefs in Chilean political  conflicts. A current book  project, When a Woman Leads,  analyzes the election women  presidents in Latin America.

Sponsored by Hallwalls and the UB Humanities Institute, all lectures in the r series are free and open to the public.