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Phoebe Martin

Culture as protest: the uses of art and performance to tackle cultural gender norms in Peru


Supervisors:

Professor Paulo Drinot and Professor Jelke Boesten (King’s College London)

Funding:

My research is supported by a London Arts and Humanities Partnership studentship.

Expected completion: 2021

How have women in Peru used cultural contestations to challenge dominant discourses? Cultural forms of protest, or 'cultural contestations', have long been crucial in allowing marginalised groups, particularly women, to provide alternative and oppositional narratives. My project looks at how cultural contestations have been used by women in Peru; comparing how cultural actors, activists, mainstream media, and the state construct narratives in relation to sexuality, the body, motherhood, and sexual violence.

Culture, such as writing, art and performance, plays a part during periods of mobilisation, but also during times of abeyance. While NGO-based activism that pursues state-centred goals has an important role to play, it is also crucial to look at contestations that function on the level of culture when challenging cultural norms. In this way we can see how women can use culture to amplify their voices in their full diversity.


Awards/Grants/Scholarships/Funding

London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) studentship


Conference papers and presentations

‘Poner la cuerpa’: The Body as a Site of Reproductive Rights Activism in Peru – at Cultural Politics of Reproduction in Latin America conference, 14th-15th January 2021


Conference / event organisation

ANDINXS: Addressing Contemporary Politics and Gender in the Andes (workshop co-organised with Dr Rebecca Irons, 28th February 2020)


Publications / Research experience


Teaching

2019-20 PGTA, History and Politics of Latin America


Media appearances and mentions

Quoted inter alia in Guardian article on ‘A Rapist in Your Path’ 3rd February 2020 


Memberships

SLAS


Other 

Student Coordinator, Gender Studies Network at King’s College London https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/gender-studies-at-kings