I will engage with some of the historical themes – and scholarship – that help us explore the construction of authoritative discourses of gender and sexuality in the Americas. Starting with references to some of the colonial legacies that continue to shape citizens’ unequal access to rights in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, I will discuss teaching strategies that reveal some of the complexities of historical knowledge construction. Focusing on histories of individual lives, I will show the usefulness of the biographical lens to explore such themes as the sexual investments underlying colonial projects and the construction of modern nation-states; the ties between nation building, patriarchy, and heteronormativity, as well as intersectionality in and beyond the nation state.
Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney is a historian of Latin America, Gender, and Comparative/Global History. She is especially interested in human rights, women's rights, gender equity, and notions of inclusion and exclusion in the making of modern nations. She has written about such themes as the politics of motherhood, sterilization campaigns, reproductive rights, the politics of exile, and feminist activisms in the twentieth century.
Questions for Prof. Pieper Mooney? jadwiga[at]email.arizona.edu