Global Feminism Archive

Expanding the Global Feminism Archive:  Brazil and the “BRICS” Five This project facilitates interviewing ten feminist activist-scholars in Brazil, as part of a Phase Two of the Global Feminisms Project (GFP), an online archive that currently includes women from China, India, Nicaragua, Poland and the U.S.  The interviews, available both as written transcripts and as videos, have been a powerful tool for teaching comparatively in a large range of fields, including women’s studies, history, anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology.  The archive currently contains fifty-three interviews with women who come from a large range of traditions, generations, socio-economic backgrounds, and activist ideals and philosophies.  In Phase Two we will facilitate interviews in a key strategic group of nations: the emerging economies, or BRICS nations.  The archive already includes interviews with women in China and India (two of the BRICS five), and thus we seek to gather interviews in Brazil, Russia and South Africa. More immediately, this phase of the project will bring students from History 232 (Human Rights in Brazil) (UC 254/RC 302) directly into the interviewing process and will develop innovative ideas for international exchange with students, professors, and activists through the use of both Skype and on-site visits. This grant will greatly enhance the course Human Rights in Brazil in Winter 2014 and 2015.  Because the academic semester in Brazil runs from February through May, Prof. Grinberg is able to teach in the course in Ann Arbor in January, and Prof. Caulfield teaches in Rio in May, bringing the group of students with her for a week of exchange.  During the semester, the students work together through videoconferencing, and the professors co-teach certain sessions.  Through the GFP, the students will help to conduct the interviews of activists in Rio in May.  The preparation for these interviews will also afford active learning for the students, as they will pair with students in Brazil to learn more about the women being interviewed and prepare questions.  The course offers an opportunity to broaden our imagination about how the materials might be used in various locations, perhaps especially those countries currently included (Poland, China, India and Nicaragua, in addition to Brazil).  We believe that this level of exchange can greatly enhance the current uses of the archive and we will develop a section on the Global Feminisms website with these methodology suggestions. Project Team: Abigail Stewart, Psychology and Women’s Studies, College of Literature, Science and the Arts Sueann Caulfield, History, College of Literature, Science and the Arts