Seminar: Sonia E. Alvarez

Turning to Feminisms: Re-visioning Cultures, Power, and Politics in Latin America

University of Glasgow

7 April 2017

Sonia Alvarez is Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Masschussetts Amherst. Her main areas of specialization are social movements and protest politics, comparative and transnational feminisms, and Latin American politics and cultures, with a focus on Brazil and the Southern Cone. Recent (co-edited) books include Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas; and Beyond Civil Society Agenda: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America (in press). She has published a number of journal articles and book chapters, many written collaboratively, and in Portuguese and Spanish, as well as English, on topics including movements, feminism politics, NGOs, civil society, transnational activism, and democratization.

Professor Alvarez is a feminist, anti-racist, and social justice intellectual-activist who has participated in Latina/women of color feminist movements in the US, as well as solidarity movements, alter-globablization organizing, and other transnational activist efforts. Since the 1980s, she has been connected with feminist and women’s movements in Brazil, Latin America, and globally, while conducting research on and with them. Her current work focuses on the ‘sidestreaming’ of feminist ideas and practices into parallel social movements, the dynamics of feminist discursive fields of action and activist assemblages, and the (mis)encounters of feminism and anti-racism in Brazil. That work forms part of a larger book project entitled Feminisms in Movement, under contract with Duke University Press. She is presently engaged in research on women/gender/sexuality in contemporary protest and, with Barbara Cruikshank, co-coordinate an international research-action network on the global politics of protest in the 2010s, Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Protest.

Professor Alvarez led a lively roundtable discussion about her pre-circulated manuscript ‘Turning to Feminisms: Re-visioning Cultures, Power, and Politics in Latin America’.

Check out Rebecca DeWald’s write-up of the discussion on our blog!