Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Nov 13, 2017
DeWitt Wallace Library 309

Lizeth Gutierrez, American Studies, will present “Queer Chisme: Tools of Survival for Mexican Immigrant Women in The Global Economy."  In this presentation, Professor Gutierrez argues that Mexican women have been pushed to perform chisme (gossip) in specific ways in the larger political economy of labor.  Mexican immigrant women who labor as domestic workers in the U.S. are brought together by the global market’s economic interest in their exploitation.  Yet, it is in that labor space where women also share their knowledges to navigate the constraints of their economic conditions. Chisme creates an affective site from which to informally and formally negotiate their personal lives with their working lives, informal collective bargaining and quotidian attention to labor practices.  The economic processes that result in chisme enables a more nuanced understanding of its political possibilities.  Providing an overview of the specific constraints that influence the emergence of chisme will allow us to better articulate how Mexican women’s agency, labor and community are a consequence of these constraints.  All faculty welcome.  Lunch will be provided.


Contact: Theresa Klauer, 6881

This event is for: Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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