Take another look at the debates in the #jotambé [#metoo] series

28/05/2021

The four sessions of thought and debate which the Sala Beckett and the UOC programmed as part of the #jotambé [#metoo] series are now available online.

With a view to highlighting narratives about gender violence and reflecting on how the power structures that produce them operate and persist, more than twenty activities were organized between 7 April and 18 June: five shows, four dramatized readings, four talks, four post-performance talks, an open microphone session, two training activities and a presentation in the Sala Beckett’s Obrador de Filosofia space.

As part of the thought and debate activities, the series featured four talks, which are now available online. Don’t miss them!

Narratives of gender violence

Gender and power structures are under the spotlight today more than ever. Ana I. Bernal Triviño, Desirée de Fez and Júlia Llull discussed the narratives based around these two concepts that are presented to us by cultural media including art, journalism and film. They reflect on how those narratives have evolved throughout history, and on the role that feminisms have played in their transformation.

Gender and power in the world of leisure and culture

In turn, Ana Burgos García, Rocío Manzano and Elena Castro Córdoba consider the special characteristics of the culture sector in terms of patriarchal power structures. They discuss the many initiatives that address gender violence in leisure spaces, cases of harassment and power relations which are being talked about increasingly openly.

Gender violence in cyberspace: the two sides of the coin

Diego Marchante ‘Genderhacker’, Leila Mohammadi and Karma Peiró participated in the talk that addressed how gender violence adopts a specific form and type of strength in the digital world, while digital technologies have simultaneously been vital tools for whistleblowing and for sisterhood.

Physical distancing, social distancing. A return to which normality?

Almost nobody doubts that the COVID-19 crisis has helped draw attention to the historical invisibility and underestimation of care. In this session, Núria Alabao, Israel Rodríguez-Giralt and Brigitte Vasallo highlight the interaction between gender and the health emergency we are experiencing.

Two practical workshops also took place within the framework of the #jotambé [#metoo] series focusing on the theatrical world. The first was entitled “Making the invisible visible: Training on the gender perspective in the performing arts” and the second, “Gender violence in the performing arts: Walking towards a protocol”.

From #metoo to #jotambé

The starting point for the series was the #metoo movement, which emerged in Hollywood following a tweet by the actress Alyssa Milano, which helped relaunch the initiative begun by the African American activist Tarana Burke more than a decade earlier. “The scheduled activities, which had been planned for the previous year, are becoming more necessary than ever to create a space to stop and think within a frantic context that is sometimes difficult to assimilate. Rendering stories of gender violence visible also places us in an ideal position to imagine resistance and to be able to incorporate it into our everyday lives,” said the curators Maria Olivella and Pastora Martínez Samper, coordinator and chair of the UOC’s Equality Unit, respectively.

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