Radicalizing Feminisms / Practice as Theory: A Workshop with Marta Dillon, Zeynep Gambetti, Cecilia Palmeiro, and Özlem Yasak; Moderated by Natalia Brizuela

Workshop | March 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Marta Dillon, Independent journalist, writer, and activist; Zeynep Gambetti, Professor of Political Theory, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul; Cecilia Palmeiro, Professor of Contemporary Latin American Studies, NYU Buenos Aires; Özlem Yasak, Activist and scholar

 Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature & Culture, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

This event brings together key players in the current and renewed wave of feminism in the Global South. Each of the participants will give a ten-minute presentation touching upon what they see as the most urgent matters at hand, followed by a discussion of political strategies in their respective geographies. By connecting recent Argentine and Turkish/Kurdish practices of grassroots organizing and resistance, as well as debates and theorizations relating to gender, citizenship, and violence, the activist-scholars will weave together emerging alternatives that push back against neoliberalism’s stealthy offensive. They will discuss the ways in which the movements to which they belong work to defend increasingly precarious female bodies and lives without recourse to neoliberal discourses on “security.” The initial presentations will be followed by a second round of conversations on topics that are of global concern to the new wave of feminism: state repression, machismo, nationalism, fascism, self-defense, and internationalism. Radicalizing Feminisms is both about radicalizing feminist discourse from within and from without its traditional sites of formulation (usually Western and middle-class milieus), and about bringing forward concrete experiences of collective struggles that can inspire and guide us.

The workshop will be held in Stephens Lounge, MLK Jr. Building, ASUC Student Union, UC Berkeley. Co-sponsored by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.