Session 6B: Collaboration and Resistance in Anti-Racist Feminist Writing & Work

Session 6B

Collaboration and Resistance in Anti-Racist Feminist Writing & Work
4.22.2017 | 1:50p-3:05p | Laurel Hall 110

The first half will consist of two paper presentations, which focus on feminist work by indigenous women in Mexico and Black and Latina women in the US. We analyze how these women interrogate neoliberal multiculturalism and the racial state’s effect on their communities and way of life. In examining Mexican Indigenous women’s collective mobilization and US Women’s confessional writing we seek a new way of seeing agency within the confines of racial and gender oppression. The second part will consist of workshopping between presenters and audience members to dialogue about how agency, resistance and collaboration can be utilized in our work as academics, artists and activists.


Jennifer Caroccio (American Studies; Rutgers University)

Nidia Melissa Bautista (Global Journalism + Latin American and Caribbean Studies; New York University)

Paper Abstracts:

“Indigenous Women’s Movements in Mexico:
Precedents, Intersections and Lessons for Anti-Racist Work”

This paper seeks to map out women-centered movements in Mexico by paying close attention to the work feminist and indigenous women have done to expand, and sometimes challenge, what anti-racist and gender justice looks like. While it has been difficult for heterogeneous communities to coalesce in their demands for cultural rights and racial equality throughout Latin America in the last decades (Paschel 2016), especially considering that racial eruptions and sexism continues to fragment black and indigenous movements (Hale 2010, Hooker 2009), a look at the ways indigenous women have presented opportunities to find strength within that diversity, and push toward gender and collective justice, is warranted. A look at two case studies, presented in Aida Castillo’s recent work “Multiple Injustices”, will help illuminate why intersectionality within movements isn’t only an approach increasingly deemed necessary by women, but as a strategy that can be conducive to collective justice within neoliberal multiculturalism frameworks and beyond.

Seeing the Cracks: Women of Color Writing to Resist”

 This paper plans to interrogate the “projects and practices” of racial states to reveal the junctions of patriarchal goals and rule by emphasizing that misogyny is intrinsic to racial formation and legalization. Theoretical writing by women of color, which employs personal narrative, allows a glimpse into how individuals resists the crushing weight of white heteropatriarchy. Simply put, racial states are also gendered states. My argument centers on the essays by Gloria Anzaldúa, bell hooks, and Audre Lorde, tracing how each writer actively resist the violence of the state through the use of personal writing. Each writer illuminates the practice of the racial and gendered state, making a case for active resistance via testimonial writing. The focus of this analysis is on how each writer examines her marginalized experience as a subject in a racial state to contest the confines of oppression as Queer women of color in the United States.