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Confidences in La Lagunilla Market: Tracing the Untold Story of Female Magazines in Mid-Century Mexico

Posted by Alejandra Vela- PhD Student at Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, NYU

Mexican Miracle was the name given to the years that extend from 1940 to 1970 in Mexican recent history. Years of development, industry and a strong economy, Mexico was in a moment of unprecedented growth. Within this growth and restructuring of the country, the role of women was gradually modified: she went from being the selfless mother, housewife, concentrated in domestic work, to, as early as the early seventies, the working woman, the informed student, reader of feminist texts that came from France, the United States, or Spain. In the middle of this story there are many key moments. In the late forties the University City was inaugurated, which would allow a greater number of students (among them many women) to get in the country’s “máxima casa de estudios”; in 1955, Mexican women exercised the right to vote for the first time, and in the 1960s the contraceptive pill began to be commercialized. The journals, specifically addressed to women, published throughout these decades constitute a great barometer for measuring these changes.

Precisely because these are limited editorial and textual spaces (a literary genre dedicated to a specific gender), they allow us to delve into the ways in which not only the publishers, but also the subjects who consumed these cultural products were negotiating their presence and permanence in the public domain. This was the scenario before which I decided to embark on the search for these magazines, rarely preserved by their fragility and tendency to disappear, but also largely ignored for being considered frivolous, banal, “cursis”, women’s things that have no literary or academic value.

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Miryam Quinche Huarmi Maquimanta Parlan

COPYRIGHT - Michelle Cornejo - Huarmi Maqui - Peguche, Otavalo, Ecuador

Huarmi Maqui, Peguche, Ecuador. Copyright © Michelle Cornejo 2011.

Michelle Cornejo - Huarmi Maqui - Peguche, EcuadorAgostopi iskay waranqa chunka hukniyoq watapi, Cristina, Charlie ima, Naciones Unidasman indigena ayllukunamanta Internacional p’unchaypaq riranku. Haqaypi, paykuna Miryam Quinche Lenata reqsiranku. Miryam Peguche llaqtamanta kan, Otavaloneqpi Ecuadorpi. Miryam, Maman ima, warmikunamanta colectivopi llank’ayta qallariranku. Chay colectivoq sutin “Huarmi Maqui.” Chaypi, warmikuna aswan allin kawsaypaq llank’akushanku. Qankuna atinkichis watukuyta chay Peguchepi warmikunata. Sichus qankuna paykunata contactayta munankichisman, qhelqaychis: huarmimaqui [arroba] hotmail.com.

Michelle Cornejo - Huarmi Maqui 5 - Peguche, EcuadorEn Agosto 2011, Cristina y Charlie fueron a las Naciones Unidas para el Día Internacional de Pueblos Indígenas. Allí, ellos conocieron a Miryam Quinche Lena. Miryam es de Peguche, un pueblo cerca de Otavalo, Ecuador. Miryam y su mamá fundaron un colectivo de mujeres que se llama “Huarmi Maqui,” o Mano de Mujer. A través de este proyecto, Continue reading

CLACS Hosts Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership Conference

On October 19 CLACS co-hosted a conference on “Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory.”

Mesoamerican Biodiversity Conference - CLACS at NYUMarisa Belausteguigoitia, director of the Programa de Estudios de Genero (PUEG) at UNAM, opened the “Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory” conference (yes, it’s a mouthful!) with the idea that an exchange of ideas needs to happen between the “plaza and the classroom” in order to effect real change. Belausteguigoitia said the primary motivation for the conference was a response to the violence occurring in Mexico, utilizing UNAM’s important position as a public university to enter into a transnational dialogue. Although the conference focused mainly on Latin America, the objective was to create conversations covering topics that are important on a global level. The panel discussions highlighted issues of feminicide, environmental devastation and mythologization of indigenous people.

As a woman of Mexican heritage, a CLACS student, and a former resident of southern Mexico (where many of the talks were focused), the topics covered by the panelists resonated with me both emotionally and academically. The ideas and issues discussed, however, are of universal relevance. Overarching themes of struggle and identity were revealed through stories of extreme violence being contested with new forms of resistance; demands for society and environment to be confronted together in creating buen vivir; and women, who are turning the table on modernity by defending traditions in nontraditional ways. The paradoxes are many, and although no unequivocal resolution has been proffered, the door to dialogue has been opened‑ and it is up to us to walk through.

This conference was a collaboration between CLACS,  the Humanities Initiative at NYU, the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University, the NYU Dean for the Humanities, the NYU Native Studies Forum, the NYU Department of Anthropology, Metropolitan Studies at NYU, the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU.

Posted by Marisa Cadena – M.A. Candidate, CLACS at NYU