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26th Annual Conference on the Americas Opening Plenary, Indigenous Women and Latin American Futures

Dr. Patricia Richards, Alejandra Flores Carlos, & Pamela Calla
Miller Learning Center, Room 171

26th Annual Conference on the Americas Opening Plenary, Indigenous Women and Latin American Futures 

Friday, February 17, 2023 at 4:30 PM

Miller Learning Center, Room 171

Open to All – Registration not required to attend



 - Dr. Patricia Richards is Director of the Institute for Women's Studies and Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. She is an

affiliate faculty member with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Institute of Native American Studies. She received

her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. Her specialty areas include the sociology of gender; Indigenous politics in Latin

America; development; social movements, and qualitative methodology. Her books include "Pobladoras, Indígenas and the State: Conflicts

Over Women's Rights in Chile", "Race and the Chilean Miracle: Neoliberalism, Democracy, and Indigenous Rights", and "Harassed: Gender,

Bodies, and Ethnographic Fieldwork". She holds the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship (2018), is the recipient of the

Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award (2008) and the Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award (2007).

  -Alejandra Flores Carlos was an elected representative to Chile’s Constitutional Convention. Although she is Aymara, she was elected not as an Indigenous representative to the Convention but as a general representatives for the second district. She serves as the Regional Coordinator of Health and Indigenous Peoples for the Ministry of Health in the Region of Tarapacá, where she has worked for fifteen years. She holds a teaching degree, a master’s degree in social sciences with a mention in ethnic studies from FLACSO-Ecuador, as well as diplomas in Intercultural Health and Planning and Management for Indigenous Development. A committed feminist and human rights activist, she has been a member of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI) for more than ten years. She has also served as the national president of the Federation of National Health Service workers.

  -Pamela Calla is a Bolivian anthropologist engaged with issues of gender, race, class, and state formation in Latin America. She is a clinical associate professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University and received the Dr. Martin Luther King Faculty Award in 2016-2017 at that same institution. She co-created and coordinates the Feminist Constellations Platform (2013-Present) and the Working Group on Racisms in Comparative Perspective (2010-Present) at CLACS-NYU. She co-founded the Observatory on Racism in Bolivia (2007-2017) and the Red de Accion e Investigacion Anti-Racistaen las Americas, RAIAR (2010-Present), an initiative launched by the Universidad de la Cordillera (Bolivia) and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas. She was an Associate Researcher of the "The State of the State in Bolivia", a project of the Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano, 2007, a United Nations Development Project and the author and editor of various books, articles, and chapters on racism, extractivism, patriarchy, and politics.




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