History Department
History Department

Gender Symposium presents Claudia Rueda, Ph.D. Candidate in History

Fri, April 20, 2012 | Garrison 1.102

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Department of History's Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality presents:

"Worthy Men Confronting the Hydra of Somocismo:
The Reformist Masculinity of the Student Movement in 1940s Nicaragua"

A work-in-progress piece by
Claudia Rueda
Ph.D. Candidate in History, UT Austin

"In the 1940s, university students in Nicaragua constituted a disproportionally large part of the opposition to the nascent dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza García (1937-1956). Throughout the decade, their demonstrations and repression would trigger solidarity protests that destabilized the regime and nearly toppled it on at least one occasion. This presentation, which is part of a larger chapter examining the dynamics of student politics in the 1940s, looks at the role of gender in constructing and legitimizing the students' foray into the national political scene.

In order to combat the paternalism Somoza employed to delegitimize their protests as well as bolster his rule, students relied on a reformist masculinity that hinged on their idealistic purity, political independence, commitment to the rule of law and nationalistic fervor to stake their claim to the political sphere. This presentation traces the emergence of this reformist masculinity, the hierarchies it recreated and the way in which it gradually became more revolutionary throughout the decade."

The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality has been a fixture in Department of History since 2001, offering a forum for graduate students and faculty to present papers and works-in-progress for discussion in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.

Refreshments will be provided. No RSVP needed; free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Program Coordinators Valerie Ann Martinez (vamartinez@utexas.edu) and Allison "Alley" Schottenstein (alleys@utexas.edu).

Sponsored by: The History Department's Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality

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