A DIALOGUE ON NI UNA MENOS

with VERONICA GAGOPAOLA RUDAN and RITA SEGATO

CRITICAL DIALOGUE
July 4, 2018
8.30 - 9.30 pm

 


 

In recent years, women have been the protagonists of a series of uprisings against patriarchal violence, culminating with the extraordinary experience of the global women’s strike launched for the first time by the Argentinian women of Ni una Menos in 2017 and organized in dozens of countries around the world. Starting from this pathbreaking experience of mass politicization and global mobilization, the critical dialogue will focus on the way in which the understanding of femigenocide—as Rita Segato defined the contemporary form of war against women—points out a privileged epistemological and political perspective in order to grasp the ongoing neoliberal transformation of power relationships, but also how women’s global uprising and the feminist practice of the strike can be able to escape the grip of what Veronica Gago has called neoliberalism from below, stressing the capacity displayed by neoliberalism of reproducing itself by integrating local, informal and community-based forms of resistance.

Verónica Gago teaches at the University of Buenos Aires and at Universidad Nacional de San Martín. She is a researcher at the National Council of Research in Argentina. Her work is deeply influenced by active participation in such experiences as the Colectivo Situaciones and Instituto de Investigación y Experimentación Política (IIEP). Her book Neoliberalism from Below: popular pragmatics and baroque economies is forthcoming in English from Duke University Press (2017). She has published widely on issues of capital, social movements and popular economies.

 

 

Paola Rudan is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Culture, and Civilization at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on the transatlantic dimension of seventeenth- through twentieth-century political thought, and in particular on the eighteenth-century revolutions in North America and France and the South American wars of independence and post-colonial constitutional process. She is the author of monographs on Simón Bolívar’s and Jeremy Bentham’s social and political thought. Her research activity also addresses contemporary political theory, the history of women’s political thought, the role played by migrations in contemporary transformations of labor and gendered relationships on a global scale, and the problem of power in gender and feminist studies. She is currently working on a history of the concept of “woman.”​

Rita Segato obtained her MA and PhD (1984) at the Department of Social Anthropology, Queens University, Belfast. She has been Professor of Anthropology at Universidade Brasilia since 1985, in 2011 she moved to the Postgraduate Programme of Bioethics and Human Rights. Rta is one of Latin America’s most celebrated feminist anthropologists and has published widely on feminism, patriarchy and violence. She has been deeply involved in the movement Ni una menos. Her most recent book is La guerra contra las mujeres (2016).