This workshop asks how gender is lived, experienced and understood by Mexicans.
The workshop has two key themes. The first is to go beyond gendered stereotypes of Mexican peoples such as the images of the machisto chauvinist male and the submissive marianista female. Instead we want to highlight the diversity and nuance within both representations of gender and men’s and women’s actual lives. The second theme is the transnational dimensions of gender. This includes the experiences of indigenous peoples of Mexico, as well as migrants in Mexico and the Mexican diaspora. Another aspect to be considered is the impact of Mexico’s colonial past, which differs greatly from the legacy of imperialism in the UK. Throughout the day, comparisons between the two countries will be encouraged, with attention to contrasts and commonalities.
Each panel session will involve short presentations and a longer period for discussion; we will also require a 750 word summary to circulate beforehand. We welcome submissions for consideration on any aspect of the theme, broadly defined, and from different academic disciplines. We will also consider contributions in the form of posters or other mediums. Contributors will have the option of being considered, where appropriate, for a special issue of the History of Women in the Americas journal (http://journals.sas.ac.uk/hwa) – a freely accessible, Open Access publication.
The event is being co-organized by the Mexican Embassy in London, SHAW (the Society for the History of Women in the Americas), the SALSA Collective (a network for UK scholars interested in latinidades across the Americas) and the UCL Institute for the Americas. There will be no registration fee for this workshop. For further information about the workshop or to submit a proposal, please email Dr Sinead McEneaney, firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include contact details, an abstract of 200 words and questions for discussion (a summary of 750 words will be required four weeks before the event). The deadline for proposals is 4th September 2015.