Posted: April 16, 2008
Every five days, a woman is murdered by her domestic partner in Spain. In response to this troubling statistic, the government passed the 2004 Integral Law against Gendered Violence. The fight for the passage of that law speaks to the growing awareness that a progressive society must protect the rights of all of its citizens.
In her "Gender and Justice: Spanish Politics in the Twenty-First Century" talk, Lisa Vollendorf, associate professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach, will try to decipher the gender-based identity politics reflected in that law, by proposing a possible connection between the increased denunciations of violence against women and the increase of Muslim immigration as presented in a variety of texts--a documentary film about Muslim immigrant women living in Spain, the 2004 Integral Law against Gendered Violence, and the 2004 speech delivered by Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
This talk, which is at 4:30 pm in Kendade Hall, Room 203, is part of her current project entitled Sex and the Law in Spain: 1,000 Years of Violence, in which she examines women's representations of their experiences of violence against changing legal codes and social practices throughout the Spanish history.
Vollendorf teaches courses on a wide range of topics related to studies of gender, violence, and cultural studies. Author of The Lives of Women: A New History of Inquisitional Spain (Vanderbilt, 2005) and Reclaiming the Body: María de Zayas's Early Modern Feminism (North Carolina, 2001), she has edited Literatura y feminismo en España (Icaria, 2006) and Recovering Spain's Feminist Tradition (MLA, 2001). Her current projects include Sex and the Law in Spain: One Thousand Years of Violence and, coedited with James A. Parr, Approaches to Teaching Don Quixote.
Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is organized by the Spanish and gender studies departments, and cosponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Romance Languages and Literatures Program, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. For more information, contact Nieves Romero-Diaz, associate professor of Spanish.