Presenter: Patricia Richards (University of Georgia)
Date: Friday, September 14
Place and Time: King Juan Carlos Center, room 404, 14:00-16:00 pm
Tittle: Systemic Racism, Decolonization, and the Life Histories of Mapuche Women Elders as Protest
Patricia Richards is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia, where she holds the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship. She is an affiliate faculty member with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Institute of Native American Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.
She is the author of Pobladoras, Indígenas and the State: Conflicts Over Women's Rights in Chile (Rutgers, 2004) and Race and the Chilean Miracle: Neoliberalism, Democracy, and Indigenous Rights ( Pittsburgh, 2013). The latter was translated as Racismo and published in Chile by Pehuen Editores in 2016). She is currently working on a book with Rebecca Hanson called Harassed: Gender, Bodies, and Ethnographic Fieldwork. It will be out with the University of California Press in 2019. In her spare time, she is a mentor with U-Lead, an organization in Athens, Georgia working for educational justice for immigrant students.
This talk will explore the relationship between the life history narratives of Mapuche women elders and the theme of protest, asking how the women’s narrated experiences, structured by racism, colonialism and patriarchy, might change how we imagine decolonized futures. Highlighting these narratives reveals the absence of women elders’ voices in most narrations of the collective struggle as well as in academic theorizing about indigenous movements and decoloniality. I will argue that women elders’ life histories can contribute to understanding Mapuche protest against systemic racism and ongoing colonialism. Although their lives were shaped by multiple forms of violence, the women's narratives stand in stark contrast to portrayals of indigenous women as victims, projecting themselves instead as survivors and creators, whose knowledge is essential to envisioning decolonized futures for all. The presentation draws in part from a new collaborative project with América Millaray Painemal Morales.