Exciting news! Break the Silence proudly presents our third annual conference: “Reclaiming Spaces: Bodies, Ownership, and Policing.” This years format is a little different than years past, but it seemed appropriate as most of BTS’s members will be graduating this year. This is a student-led research conference. We especially encourage community members to attend. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Aldo Reséndiz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Co-sponsored by the SU Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice Track
Saturday, May 28 · 11:00am – 3:00pm
Seattle University Pigott Building, Pigott106
901 12th Ave.
The following are descriptions of this year’s presentations:
“Keepin’ it Real: Black Women and their Feminist Resistance and Negotiation of Stereotypical Media Representation” by Kendra Ijeoma
The research explores the racist and sexist representation of black women in the media that is often perceived by the larger society as the “reality” of black womanhood. These images are detrimental to both the “viewed” and the “viewer”. In the research I look at the ways in which black women have both resisted and negotiated this representation by employing an “oppositional gaze” upon consuming these images. Furthermore, I explore the ways in which black women have engaged in feminist praxis through the production of their own cultural texts as well as the creation of “safe spaces”. Using the work of bell hooks and Dorothy E. Smith in my analysis, I seek to parallel the representation of black women in the media with their representation and resistance within contemporary feminist discourses.
“Sex Reassignment Surgery and the Control of Sexual Minorities in Iran” by Aric Lane
In 1978 the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa (religious edict) permitting those with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) to have Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) in order to align a person’s internal gender identity with their external sex organs. Currently Iran is leading the world in SRS, however there is concern that Iran is utilizing SRS as a mechanism to control those considered sexual “deviants”. In Iran homosexuality and same-sex activity is illegal and punishable by death, yet the state supports and occasionally subsidizes SRS for those with GID. This research explores the stigma towards sexual minorities in Iran, the evolution of SRS in Iran, reports on the lived experiences of transgendered persons, and the inclination of the Iranian government to seek out scientific resolutions towards social “problems”.
The Making of a Hñähñu-MeXican@ (Indigenous mestizo, Mexican-Xican@) Im/migrant Student-Activist: Exported, Repackaged, and Transnationally Active by @ldo ulisses rexéndiz
Using autobioethnographic methodology, my research thesis traces the development of my political consciousness as a student-activist at Seattle University in relation to the articulation of my own intersectional identity in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, immigration status, language, and sexual orientation within the larger economic and historical context of post-9/11 Mexican migration to the U.S. This autobioethnography also seeks to challenge the concept of the “new social actor” as commonly defined in New Social Movement Theory and to inscribe my experience as a MeXican@ student-activist within larger transnational social movements, particularly in the context of Mexico and the U.S., by transcending the boundaries of the nation/state while also breaking down the binary of the self/Other in social research.
“The ‘Anti-‘ Rhetoric: Media representation of Japanese-Americans during WWII and Latina/o immigrants post 9/11”
Bree Keaveney and Aldo Reséndiz