22 Nov 2023 16:00 - 18:00 Online


An event by the Multi-Dimensional Dialogues of the Americas research network.

This event was announced on  Wednesday 22 November but unfortunately, we have had to move to 29 November. It will be available online only, apologies for any inconvenience.


Abeyami Ortega (University of Manchester)


In this talk, I introduce what I call “the visual system of mestizaje” and “the mestizo gaze” in relation to the production of a gendered, racialised national body politic in XXI century Mexico, and national cultural heritage (patrimonio cultural) imaginaries. The presentation will focus on how the visual system of mestizaje and the mestizo gaze shape hegemonic representational regimes about gender, Indigeneity, and geopolitical subjectivation in relation to processes of patrimonialisation at the intersections of national belonging and political (dis)enfranchisement.

Michaelmas term theme:

En(d)gendered Extractions: Confronting the Ends and Means of Gender in the Americas

Is it time to end the gendering of the past? This series tackles gender in the Social Sciences and Humanities at a critical moment in STEM and SHAPE studies when movements to disrupt and decolonise conceptual frameworks butt against prevailing wisdoms and status quo sentimentalities. Anchored in archaeological questions but pulling in the wider academic discourse, we will ask: how can continued Gender Studies reveal the multicultural past and affect new research outcomes? Organised into four sessions and featuring experts in current-wave Americas research, we will examine the triumphs and foibles of gendered binarity approaches, reductive modelling, social and ethnic inconsistencies, and transformative methodologies that have revealed the dynamic relationships among people, communities and objects. We begin with a round-table discussion in conversation with the provocative Black Trowel community, who are seeking to end misguided interpretations of gendered bodies and rituals. This will be followed by three focused sessions to deepen our comparative framing and lead to interdisciplinary approaches. The larger purpose is to enable and inspire collaboration among our invited specialists and the academic audience, and in so doing increase research network development and engagement. Comparative examples will showcase the topic’s significance and dataset sharing throughout will help foster publication and collaboration, furthering the discussion. As a constructive platform for deconstructing a variety of gender ideologies, diversifying perspectives and identifying meaning, we also hope to welcome dissident voices to check assumptions and the status quo, engendering further decolonial approaches to shape for Americas research.

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