The 7th Annual Janice Monk Visiting Distinguished Professor Lecture


Fri, 03/22/2013 - 15:30

Feminicido, Narcoviolence,
Gentrification: The Feminist
Fight on Mexico’s Border

Presented by

Dr. Melissa W. Wright
Department of Geography and
Department of Women Studies
Pennsylvania State University

The fight against impunity continues along the Mexico border, especially in the industrial hub of Ciudad Juarez. In the 1990s, feminists brought this fight to international attention launching a transnational justice movement against feminicidio, the killing of women with impunity. In this presentation, Wright employs a feminist and Marxist frame to show there is much to be learned from the fight against feminicidio in Ciudad Juarez now also infamous for juvenicidio, the killing of youth with impunity; both are occurring in relation to the Mexican government’s declaration of war against organized crime. By situating these justice struggles within a context of North American securitization and neoliberal gentrification along the border, Wright argues that the feminist fight against impunity exposes the synergy of symbolic and material processes within the drug war that seek to generate value through the extermination of whole populations, especially of working poor women and their families, in this border city today.

Friday, March 22, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, S202

Melissa W. Wright is a professor of Geography and of Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research investigates the formation of political subjects at the nexus of capitalist exploitation, the making of social movements and the experience of state-sanctioned violence along the Mexico-US border. Her work includes Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism (Routledge, 2006) in addition to numerous articles published in geography, cultural studies and feminist journals. Her current collaborative research investigates how daily experience of violence and militarization affect la vida fronteriza (“the border life”) along both sides of the Mexico-US border.

Light Reception to Follow

Sponsored by The School of Geography and Development,
The Center for Latin American Studies,
The Department of Gender and Women's Studies,
and The Southwest Institute for Research on Women

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