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Karin Friederic lec­tures on “¡El Machismo es Vi­o­len­cia! Sex, Hu­man Rights, and Mas­culin­ity on the Ecuado­rian Coast”

Karin Friederic, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of an­thro­pol­ogy at Wake For­est Univer­sity, presents “¡El Machismo es Vi­o­len­cia! Sex, Hu­man Rights, and Mas­culin­ity on the Ecuado­rian Coast,” at noon on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 30, as part of the School for Ad­vanced Re­search’s Col­lo­quium Se­ries. Friederic, a cul­tural an­thro­pol­o­gist spe­cial­iz­ing in med­i­cal an­thro­pol­ogy, has for 15 years re­searched the ef­fects of hu­man-rights cam­paigns against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in a ru­ral area of Ecuador. These cam­paigns have fo­cused on machismo — a strong mas­cu­line pride as­so­ci­ated with Latin cul­tures — as the pri­mary prob­lem to be solved, which has in­tro­duced new ideas about gen­der and sex­u­al­ity, and af­fected how peo­ple view and ex­pe­ri­ence in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence. Friederic ques­tions whether these cam­paigns al­low men the free­dom to ex­hibit or ac­cept al­ter­na­tive ideas about mas­culin­ity. Friederic was awarded the 2015-2016 Camp­bell Fel­low­ship for Trans­for­ma­tive Re­search on Women in the De­vel­op­ing World from the School for Ad­vanced Re­search and is in res­i­dence this fall com­plet­ing the man­u­script for her book, The Vi­o­lence of Hu­man Rights: In­ti­mate Part­ners, Women’s Or­ga­niz­ing, and De­vel­op­ment Pol­i­tics in Ru­ral Ecuador. She is joined in con­ver­sa­tion by Vera Camp­bell, SAR res­i­dent scholar and mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors. SAR is lo­cated at 660 Gar­cia St. There is no charge for the event. For in­for­ma­tion call 505-954-7200. — Jen­nifer Levin

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