The NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), present a talk by Melissa M. Forbis (CLACS Visiting Scholar, Brooklyn College CUNY) titled, In Rebel Territory: The Politics of Autonomy, Gender, and Solidarity , as part of the Racisms in Comparative Perspective Working Group, moderated by Professor Pamela Calla.
About the Speakers
Melissa M. Forbis is a cultural anthropologist and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Her publications on gender, Indigenous rights, the Zapatista movement, and state violence have appeared in the U.S., Mexico, and Chile. She has published book chapters and articles on gender and indigenous rights in Latin America, and recently guest edited the “Protest” issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly. Her book manuscript, In Zapatista Rebel Territory: The Politics of Autonomy, Gender, and Solidarity, is a collaborative ethnography spanning 20 years of the Zapatista movement focusing on the process of constructing territorial autonomy, gendered struggles, state violence, and relationships with non-Zapatista solidarity activists. Her decades-long community work spans issues such as sexual violence and immigrant rights. She is a member of the Interference Archive in Brooklyn and has been working with lawyers to provide expert testimony in asylum cases. She is currently teaching at Brooklyn College CUNY (Anthropology and Archaeology). Her previous positions include Stony Brook University (Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies and Sociology) and Rice University (Postdoctoral Fellow Women’s and Gender Studies).
Pamela Calla is an anthropologist and is the Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University and director of the Observatory on Racism of the Universidad de la Cordillera in La Paz, Bolivia. Currently she also co-coordinates the "Network of Observatories on Racism in the Americas", an initiative launched by the Universidad de la Cordillera and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas. She is the author of works on race, racism, gender, sexism, ethnicity, interculturality and state formation in Bolivia and coeditor of Antropología del Estado: Dominación y prácticas contestatarias en America Latina. She was an Associate Researcher of the "The State of the State in Bolivia", a project ofthe Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano, 2007, United Nations Development Project and coeditor and author of Observando el Racismo: Racismo y Regionalismo en el Proceso Constituyente Boliviano, Agenda Defensorial No. 11 and 13, Defensor del Pueblo and Universidad de la Cordillera.