Book talk: “Beyond Repair? Mayan Women’s Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm”
With authors M. Brinton Lykes, Center Co-director and Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology, BC Lynch School of Education and Human Development; and Alison Crosby, Associate Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, and Director, Centre for Feminist Research, York University (Canada).
Moderator: Katie Young, Professor of Law, BC Law School
Respondents: Maria Elena Torre, Director and co-founder of The Public Science Project, CUNY and Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies, Brown University.
"Beyond Repair?" explores Mayan women’s agency in the search for redress for harm suffered during the genocidal violence perpetrated by the Guatemalan state in the early 1980s at the height of the thirty-six-year armed conflict. The book draws on research conducted with fifty-four Q’eqchi’, Kaqchikel, Chuj, and Mam women who are seeking truth, justice, and reparation for the violence they experienced during the war, and the women’s rights activists, lawyers, psychologists, Mayan rights activists, and researchers who have accompanied them as intermediaries for over a decade. Alison Crosby and M. Brinton Lykes argue that at different moments Mayan women have been actively engaged as protagonists in constructivist and discursive performances through which they have narrated new, mobile meanings of “Mayan woman,” repositioning themselves at the interstices of multiple communities and in their pursuit of redress for harm suffered.
Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. A reception will follow.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:30pm
Campion Hall, 139
Boston College, 2599 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA