Feministas Unidas Inc.

November 2017 Newsletter
   
 Feministas Unidas Elections 2017

Desde mañana 20 de noviembre al 15 de diciembre quedarán abiertas las votaciones para estos cargos ejecutivos. Por favor, entren en fu.echapters.com en la sección de votaciones para proceder.

Candidates for President/Vice President
Please vote for 1. The candidate with a simple majority of votes will be named President. The candidate with the second most votes will be named Vice President. The terms of office will be January 2018-Decmeber 2019.

Tina Escaja, Professor of Spanish, University of Vermont
Mi nombre es Tina Escaja y quisiera presentar mi candidatura para el puesto de Presidenta/Vicepresidenta en los términos anunciados por Feministas Unidas. Toda mi carrera de investigación y de creación ha girado en torno a género/s, sexualidad y feminismo. Como investigadora, he publicado extensamente sobre mujer, poesía y tecnología conectando los finales del siglo XIX y XX. Como creadora y artista digital, he estado involucrada en multitud de proyectos feministas como la exposición que organicé en 2006/2007 titulada “The Only Bush I Trust is My Own” y que fue llevada a museos y galería de EEUU y España; o la serie “13 Lunas 13” sobre sexualidad y menstruación (2011-2013). Proyectos más recientes incluyen el movimiento que inicié en Chile denominado “Destructivism/o” que cuestiona las bases de la construcción del canon (2014); y la rama local del movimiento Feminists Against Trump. Considerando la tendencia misógina, homófoba e hispanófoba del actual gobierno estadounidense, considero imperativo seguir solidificando nuestra presencia, haciéndola en lo posible más visible y comprometida. Con respecto a mi experiencia en puestos ejecutivos, quisiera destacar mi vicepresidencia y presidencia de la AILCFH (2007-2011), la vicepresidencia y recién concluida presidencia de la ALDEEU (Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en EEUU, 2014-2017), y la actual dirección del programa GSWS (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies) en la entidad donde ejerzo también la cátedra de Literatura Iberoamericana: Universidad de Vermont.

Gema Pérez-Sánchez, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Miami
I have been a member of Feministas Unidas since 1995, when I was still a graduate student eager to start in the academic profession and needed a feminist support system. Since, I have been very proud to be a member of an organization that performs such important mentoring work for graduate students and junior faculty through its MLA, SAMLA, and NeMLA panels; its annual essay prize for graduate students (several of the graduate students I have mentored over the years have participated in the competition); its peer-reviewed journal, Ámbitos Feministas; and its crucial eNewsletter that keeps all of us appraised of professional opportunities and relevant publications. FemUn is more important now than ever as a professional organization and a support system for feminist academics and activists and I would like to continue to support it by offering to serve as Vice President or President.
Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Spanish at the Modern Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Miami (UM). I hold a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University (1998); an M.A. in English Literature from Bucknell University (1992); and a B.A. in Music Performance (Flute) from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Spain (1990).
My research focuses on contemporary Spanish narrative, film and photography; cultural studies; transnational and migration studies; and queer theory. I am the author of the book Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to la movida (SUNY Press 2007) and the guest editor, with Brenna Munro, of a special issue of S&F Online on the topic of “Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally” (2017). I am currently completing a second book, “Transnational Queer Affects, Homonormativity, and Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Culture,” which illuminates and subjects to an interdisciplinary critique the Spanish government’s strong support for LGBT “homonormative” rights as it simultaneously implements conservative, racist immigration policies directed at brown and black immigrant bodies from North and Sub-Saharan Africa. In this book, I analyze attempts at “pinkwashing” in Spain and how the contradictions inherent in the intersection of this agenda with anti-immigration attitudes are addressed in the work of progressive writers and visual artists who nevertheless represent queer and immigration issues with a disturbing degree of ambivalence. My research has appeared in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista Iberoamericana, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform; Michigan Journal of Race & Law; Hispamérica; The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies; Letras Femeninas; and several essay collections. I was a 2009-2010 founding Fellow at UM’s Center for the Humanities and have received numerous grants to conduct research in Spain.
I teach literary theory and Spanish literature and culture courses for my department at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and Queer Studies courses for undergraduates at the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. I have been nominated three times for the University of Miami Excellence in Teaching Award and was a recipient of this award on 2005.

Cynthia Tompkins, Professor of Spanish, Arizona State University
Tal vez me recuerden porque publiqué 16 números del Newsletter (1998-2005) y luego seguí de secretaria hasta alrededor del 2016. Me postulo para el puesto de Presidenta o Vice-Presidenta porque creo que debemos tratar de captar a nuestras colegas más jóvenes, porque ellas son las que van a tomar la posta en esta organización.
A tal fin, quisiera fomentar paneles sobre cine, digital humanities, y novísimas escritoras. Asimismo, me gustaría tener una columna que se enfoque en cuestiones de mentoría, porque me parece que hay muy poco en términos de las humanidades y menos aún en nuestro campo.


Candidates for Treasurer
Please vote for 1.

Olga Bezhanova, Associate Professor of Spanish, Southern Illinois University
I offer my candidature for the position of Treasurer for Feministas Unidas. I'm an Associate Professor of Spanish Literature at Southern Illinois University. Feministas Unidas is an organization with an important mission that I deeply support. I have benefited in many different ways from the hard work of the scholars and feminists who are running the organization. I'm running for Treasurer because I want to give back to Feministas Unidas and do all I can to ensure that the organization keeps putting out great work and serving its members.
 
 
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