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Oct 24-25, 2013: Erasures: Gender, Violence and Human Rights

Erasures: Gender, Violence and Human Rights
10/24/2013 – 10/25/2013
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Maroon & Gold Rooms McNamara Alumni Center

The symposium will address violence against women as a human rights violation, the erasure of gender violence in cultural debates about human rights, and the epistemic revolts of the rethinking of violence from a gender perspective. We will gather an international group of scholars, artists and activists in order to discuss and to give visibility to these three major concerns: femicide/feminicide, rape in the context of genocide, armed conflict or state terrorism, and trafficking in women and girls with the purpose of sexual exploitation. We also hope to foster a dialogue that could lead to an ongoing interdisciplinary and transnational collaboration inside and outside the university community.

The symposium will address the most crucial human rights struggles that are taking place in the juridical scenario, as well as the cultural practices that form part of the struggles against the invisibility and the silence about gendered forms of violence. The presentations will also underscore the importance of addressing these forms of sexual violence, and disappearance,– for example campaigns to stop violence, national and international gatherings focusing on women and human rights issues, documentaries and testimonial literature, films, literature, art, performance, video-installations, telenovelas, murals, arte callejero, etc.

The symposium will serve as an invitation to explore and discuss the way in which trans-disciplinary conversations and collaborations may help in the design of strategies that will promote cultures that respect human rights and serve in rearticulating their meaning, perspectives and cultural competence.

Possible topics include:

  • theoretical approaches to gender violence,
  • femicide/ feminicide
  • human trafficking with the purpose of sexual exploitation
  • sexual offense in the context of armed conflict, genocide and State terrorism,
  • the impact of the debates about gender and human rights in discussions about violence and human dignity.
  • transnational practices of feminist knowledge production as well as national debates on the gendering of human rights,
  • artistic and literary practices that attempt to make visible violence against women


  • Name: Ana Forcinito
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 612-625-5858
  • Sponsored by: Spanish & Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts, Human Rights Program, Sociology, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Global Studies, Institute of Linguistics, Institute for Advanced Study, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, English, Journalism and Mass Communication, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), Philosophy, Human Rights Center

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