Scholars@Hallwalls: UB’s Gwynn Thomas on Gender in Latin American Politics
by Artvoice Staff (@Artvoice) - posted 9:37 am, February 7, 2014
This afternoon (Friday, February 7, 4pm) Hallwalls continues its occasional Scholar@Hallwalls series of lectures with a talk by Gwynn 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 within 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.