This symposium focuses on the conjunction among Indigenous, Black, Chicanx, queer, and feminist legal scholars, artists, and activists who are working to create more inclusive and just political frameworks across North, Central, and South America. In the Cuna language of Panama, Abya Yala means “land in full maturity” and has become a term of respect to refer to the Americas called for by the people living there.
By analyzing movements across Abya Yala, participants will assess points of possibility, contradiction, and challenge, to build upon and contribute to these exciting collaborations. Weaving music, art, and culture together with attention to legal, institutional, and structural formations, the symposium delves into the issues that have been taken up by plurifeminisms over the past two decades, including indigenous sovereignty, democracy, plurinationalism, anti-extractivism, violence, sexuality, reproductive rights, and the relationship between music, art, curatorial practice, and activism. How do arts and legal practitioners work in concert to build consensus across difference and implement radical imaginaries of possibility.
The two-day symposium will be anchored by an opening night reception featuring an evening music encuentro and three public panels on the UW Seattle campus.
Spanish/English language interpretation available throughout the symposium.
Image above: International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, Guatemala City (Photo: Cristina Chiquín, @cristinachiquin)
This panel bridges recent developments in Chicanx and Andean grassroots feminist praxis and features feminista hip hop artists, law activists, museum directors, and curators remaking the art and politics of blackness and indigeneity in feminista music movements.
5:00 – 8:00 pm | Reception and Music Encuentro
May 25: Simpson Center for the Humanities
10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Panel 2: Lessons Learned from Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution
This panel brings together three leading figures in Ecuador’s 2008 constitutional reform process to reflect upon their experiences, as well as ways that indigenous, feminist, LGBTQIA, and other movements been able to use constitutional innovations in ongoing struggles for change and transformation.
1:00 – 3:00 pm | Panel 3: Anticolonial Feminisms and Indigenous Land Defense
This panel explores anticolonial feminisms, focusing specifically on the role of Indigenous womxn in defending the right to land and life against capitalism, patriarchy and settler colonialism.
Maylei Blackwell (UCLA, Two-Spirit scholar activist of Cherokee and Thai heritage)
Congratulations to Professors Marisol Berríos-Miranda (Music), Shannon Dudley (Music), and Michelle Habell-Pallán (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), whose bilingual book, American Sabor: Latinos and Latinas in US Popular Music (University of Washington Press 2017) is the winner of Best History...
When the indie-rock band Girl in a Coma visited a museum in San Antonio in 2009, they found themselves included in the exhibition. The museum was featuring American Sabor , a bi-lingual celebration of the contributions of Latinas and Latinos...
It takes creative words to describe the energy that Michelle Habell-Pallán conjures through her boundary-breaking scholarly projects—the work that has earned her the 2017 Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public.