What Woman?: The Challenge of Transnational FeminismsMonday, March 3, 2014 - 12:30pm
Dr. Jocelyn Olcott, Duke University History Department/National Humanities Center
Lumpkin Auditorium (8th Floor of Darla Moore School of Business)
Taking as its focal point the International Women's Year Conference, a UN-sponsored event that took place in Mexico City in the summer of 1975, this talk explores the challenges and opportunities of feminist efforts to reach across geopolitical borders and the ideological fault lines that fractured the globe in the 1970s. Widely considered a watershed moment in women's activism, the conference brought together UN technocrats with grassroots activists, imperial powers with national liberation movements, and well-heeled professionals with impoverished peasants. The result was explosive but generative — a perfect example of what anthropologist Anna Tsing has famously dubbed the "friction" of global encounters.