This essay calls for a reflection on the links between literature, activism, and social change in the Hispanic Caribbean, privileging certain interventions led by women, who have contributed to the defense of better living conditions and a more equitable social pact. Taking into account the diversity and mobility that characterizes the Caribbean region, this reflection begins by examining the autonomous feminist organizations that emerged in the 70s in Puerto Rico and then moves towards the work of questioning history posed by the poetry of Aida Cartagena Portalatín in the Dominican Republic, concluding with a brief review of the work done by feminist criticism developed in Cuba in the 90s. Examining the movements that managed to renew and invigorate the struggle for social improvements and reflecting on the work of writers who invited us to imagine a fairer society contribute to establishing a reading of the cultural history of the Hispanic Caribbean from the dynamics of gender. Also, this reflection calls for a critical re-examination of the premises and standards from which we interpret as citizen participation and activism, with the aim that it can serve as inspiration when creating strategies that might lead us to new achievements.
In feminist technoscience studies (FTS), the term technoscience conveys that scientific knowledge and technological worlds are active constructions of entangled material, social, and historical agents. Feminist analyses of assisted reproduction, environmental harm, digital media, and cyborg bodies constitute some of the work of FTS, a close sibling of the new materialisms and post-positivist feminist philosophies of science. Technoscience is also a familiar object of inquiry for scholars of critical disability studies (DS). DS’s historical, sociological, and philosophical engagements with medicine, the politics of design, selective reproduction, fictional cyborgs, and technology users make clear that DS and FTS scholars share at least some understandings of technoscience. However, while feminist disability studies has emerged as a field containing hybrid developments and reciprocal critical exchanges between feminist and disability theories of embodiment, knowledge, and ethics (Garland-Thomson 2011; Tremain 2013), a field of feminist disability technoscience studies is only on the cusp of emergence.
Contemporary literatures in English, in particular Caribbean and African-American women poets and fiction writers; Feminist Theory and Race Critical Theory; Postcolonial and Cultural Studies
Visual studies, feminist theory, critical theory, affect studies, media studies, science and technology studies, photography, visual ethnography, fictocriticism
Transnational Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Feminist and Critical Race Theory, Film and Media Studies, Copyright, Politics of the Copy, Knowledge Production, Global South
Film, popular culture, literature, feminist theory, queer theory
Latin American Studies, Jewish Studies, Contemporary Film and Visual Arts, Feminist and Gender Studies
20th/21st C postcolonial and transnational literature, political and affective economies, vulnerability, migration studies and diaspora, new historicism, cultural studies, gender studies, feminist/queer theory, critical race theory, political theory
Early American literature and culture; frontier studies; ecocriticism; Native American literature; women writers; feminist literary criticism; transnational studies; first contact studies; higher education policy issues
Womens and Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, Critical Race and Gender Theories, Multicultural Women’s Literature, African American Literature, 20th and 21st Century American Literature.