Central American Feminisms: Examining the Mayan and Nicaraguan Contexts

Part of the LAI Working Group on Central American Feminisms. A discussion lead by Alicia Ivonne Estrada (California State University, Northridge) and Victoria González-Rivera (San Diego State University)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Royce Hall 314

Alicia Ivonne Estrada  (California State University, Northridge)
Victoria González-Rivera (San Diego State University)

Alicia Ivonne Estrada Discussion
Ixoq Tz’ib’: The Weaving of Contemporary Maya Women’s Poetry in Guatemala


During the last two decades contemporary Maya texts from Guatemala have thematically focused on the revitalization of cultural practices as well as the affirmation of a politicized ethnic identity. These discursive productions are fundamental to the Maya movement and their struggles for indigenous social, economic and political rights. Through an analysis of contemporary Maya women texts from Guatemala, Alicia Ivonne Estrada examines the ways these discursive productions root violence and historical marginalization in colonial legacies that continue to exist in the country today. Additionally, noting that besides political denouncement, the texts equally express and inscribe not only Maya cultural and spiritual practices, but also affirm another way of remembering and recording contemporary Guatemalan history through the incorporation of Maya women’s subjectivities and knowledge.

Alicia Ivonne Estrada was born in Guatemala and raised in Los Angeles. She is an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at CSUN. Her research focuses on contemporary Maya cultural productions in Guatemala and the United States. She has published articles on contemporary Maya literature, film and radio as well as on US Central American literatures. Her current project is a book manuscript on Maya Guatemalan diasporic communities in Los Angeles. In addition, since 2006, she has been a member and host of the Maya radio program Contacto Ancestral, which airs every Monday night in Los Angeles on the community radio station KPFK.

Victoria González-Rivera Discussion
Rethinking Nicaragua, Rethinking Feminism. Writing Histories of Women Without Heroines

Professor González-Rivera will be discussing her book “Before the Revolution Women's Rights and Right-Wing Politics in Nicaragua”, 1821-1979 (Penn State University Press, 2011). In this book she documents, for the first time, the rise of first-wave feminism in Nicaragua during the first decades of the 20th century and the movement's co-optation by a U.S.-backed dictator. Additionally, she addresses the reasons why so many working and middle-class women in this small and poor country felt compelled to support a right-wing dictatorship over the course of almost half a century. This radically new interpretation of Nicaraguan women's history calls for a rethinking of the relationship between feminism and leftist revolutions in Latin America. Moreover, it provides the foundation for her current project, a book titled "100 Years of LGBT History in Nicaragua." In her talk, Professor González-Rivera addresses the joys and the difficulties of writing histories of women without heroines.

Dr. González-Rivera grew up in Nicaragua, the daughter of a Nicaraguan man and a white U.S.-American woman. As a child she lived through the last years of the right-wing Somoza dictatorship and the first years of the Nicaraguan Sandinista revolution.

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Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, USEU (Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios), and LAI Working Group on Central American Feminisms