Verdades cansadas

¿Qué nos dicen las categorías? ¿En dónde queda la línea entre la definición y la categorización? ¿En qué momento la simplificación por promedio se vuelve una sobre simplificación que da entrada al estereotipo?

Casa Vecina X Marca sólo una Casilla X

http://casavecina.com/proyecto/xmarcasolounacasillax/ X MARCA (SÓLO) UNA CASILLA X (para poder encasillarte)  En la constante necesidad de entendernos, de definirnos, de traducirnos en números y de mostrarnos en estadísticas, establecemos fronteras y creamos grupos, sub-grupos y categorías que suelen ser mutuamente excluyentes.   De manera cotidiana, estamos sujetxs a escoger entre categorías universales, y por lo tanto, arbitrarias –…

Santa Fe: A millionaire project built upon the Other

Abdul and his neighbors were squatting on land that belonged to the Airports Authority of India. Only a coconut-tree-lined thoroughfare separated the slum from the entrance to the international terminal. Serving the airport clientele, and encircling Annawadi, were five extravagant hotels: four ornate, marbly megaliths and one sleek blue-glass Hyatt, from the top-floor windows of…

Women and work in Indonesia

Researching women’s access to the labor markets is a never-ending theme that seems to widen in a rhizomatic fashion where any question is followed by more questions that bring us back to the very beginning: which women? What work? What kind of access? Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world after China,…

Solidarity across Borders

Introduction In October 2014 a news story went viral and created great controversy when a white lesbian couple from Ohio sued their sperm bank over a mistake with their chosen donor. The couple alleged the company erroneously gave them vials from an African-American donor instead of the white donor they had carefully chosen. This mistake,…

The PUI Project – Medellin

“Colombia’s Medellin miracle” WashingtonPost.com By Anthony Faiola – Jul 11, 2008 “Medellin Sheds Cocaine Image to Become Cultural Hot Spot” Bloomberg.com By Christopher Bagley – Nov 21, 2012 “Medellin Homicide Rate Tumbles After Mafia Pact” Insightcrime.org by Natalie Southwick – Nov 13, 2013 “Medellin: A city in Metamorphosis” Elpais.com by Jesus Ruiz Manila – Nov 13, 2013 Medellin,…

World refugee day 2014

Mae Sot is a Western Thailand district that shares a border with Burma.  Last week, on June 20, was the commemoration of the World Refugee Day and I had the chance to visit the Mae La Refugee Camp. According to UNHCR, there are more than 50 million refugees around the world, and half are women and children. Mae…