Feminisms Unbound: Global Protests
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30pm to 8:30pmVirtual Event
Unprecedented levels of global hardship and suffering in 2020 have been accompanied by stunning eruptions of people gathering on the streets and in public venues protesting systemic oppressions. From authoritarian regimes to white supremacy, police brutality to military occupation, caste discrimination to gendered and sexualized violence, economic inequality to policy failures, labor exploitation to health disparities, voluminous and vociferous crowds have peppered our visual landscape and living experience of the pandemic and illuminated the increasing urgency to co-imagine a different future. From Australia to Hong Kong, USA to UK, Brazil to Bangladesh people are marching – masked, undeterred and resistant- demanding attention and justice with bold messages like “Silence is Violence”, “I Can’t Breathe”, and “No Justice No Peace.” These messages and movements lay bare the asymmetries of privilege and oppression, the unevenness of growth and wellbeing, and simultaneously encourage a social transformation that takes seriously interdependencies of life, humanity, and ecology. We invite panelists to think through the lessons of their areas of research and expertise and to shed light on how they are thinking about the paradoxes and power of protests.
Ather Zia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder
Ghassan Moussawi, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois
Marcella Fuentes, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, Northwestern
Maria John, Assistant Professor of Native American History and Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies, UMass Boston
Nusrat Chowdury, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College