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Historical Studies Program, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, American Studies Program, and Office of Inclusive Excellence Present

Monday, March 6, 2017
"I am not a Feminist. I am a Graffitera:" Performing Feminist Community without Feminist Identity
Campus Center, Weis Cinema
4:30 pm
Jessica Pabon 
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SUNY New Paltz
In cities across the globe, graffiti grrlz (women who write graffiti art) enact the quintessential principles of feminist movement such as collectivity, support, and empowerment. They do so, however, without claiming a feminist identity; some emphatically rejecting a feminist mantle. In her talk, feminist graffiti scholar Dr. Jessica N. Pabón asks: do we need to call ourselves feminists in order to enact feminist change in the world? Incorporating the ethos of “action above words” that defines graffiti subculture, Pabón argues that the question of who is or is not a feminist becomes secondary to how feminism is being enacted through everyday performance.
Case studies are drawn from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Brazil as well as the United States.

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Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema