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Gender-Based Violence and the Hidden Rules of Shadow Governance

Dr. Elena Ruíz, Michigan State University

This talk analyzes structural violence against women of color and Indigenous women on Turtle Island as an intentional colonial strategy aimed at controlling specific populations. Violence against women of color and Indigenous women on Turtle Island cannot be adequately theorized without a framework that understands ongoing strategies of colonization as predictable and predictive, self-regenerating, and non-accidental. Using that framework, I analyze mechanisms of gender-based structural violence at several scales and across US border configurations. From the agenda of the evangelical right-wing lobby in Latin America to the trend of criminalizing women for pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, I argue that patterns of intentional and disproportionate population-level harms show that structural gender-based violence must be looked at intra-hemispherically, rather than solely within state-specific contexts.

Organized by the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality and co-sponsored by the Intersectionality Community of Scholars, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Department of Philosophy.

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:00pm to 6:15pm

Student Union, 362A/B
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

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Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program
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Patrick R Grzanka

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