CMAS Graduate Portfolio Plática: Claudia Cervantes-Soon
Wed, March 23, 2011 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • Cissy McDaniel Parker Dean's Conference Room (SZB 238), Sanchez Building, The University of Texas at Austin
Schooling in Times of Dystopia: Empowering Education for Juarez Women
Young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico are coming of age in an era of feminicides, violence, impunity, and fear. This portfolio plática by Claudia Cervantes-Soon is based on ethnographic study that examines the ways in which a public high school, in one of the most disenfranchised areas of Ciudad Juarez, attempts to empower subaltern youth through its critical and social justice philosophy of education. The study draws from critical pedagogy and socio-cultural theory to offer a unique analysis of how hegemonic ideas are resisted and/or inscribed pedagogically, politically, and institutionally. The study also examines how the school’s constructions of democratic and social justice education interact with the current dystopic context of Juarez to provide a framework with which a group of Juarez young women author their identities and practice forms of resistance. The study offers new insights on the experiences and agency of youth in contexts of civil unrest along the U.S-Mexico border, and sheds light on the possibilities for urban schools.