In the Spring of 2020 under the leadership of former director, Dr. Elizabeth Hutchison the Feminist Research Institute (FRI) board selected Dr. Bernadine Marie Hernández, Associate Professor of American Literary Studies as the recipient of Distinguished Feminist Research Lecture award for 2021. Due to the disruption of the pandemic, the lecture was postponed until campus operations and extracurricular events on campus resumed safely. Hernández will deliver a lecture entitled, “Border Bodies: Racialized Sexuality, Sexual Capital, and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century Borderlands” in Spring 2023.
The Distinguished Feminist Research Lecture was launched in 2016 and the Feminist Research Institute has recognized a UNM faculty member whose scholarly record of research and publication embodies and reflects the mission of the Feminist Research Institute. Hernández’s scholarly profile, teaching, and community activism demonstrate her commitment to women of color feminisms and advances an understanding of gender as necessarily linked to race, sexuality, and other social formations. The Feminist Research Institute is thrilled to honor Hernández’s achievements and invites the UNM campus community and beyond to learn about her recently published book, Border Bodies: Racialized Sexuality, Sexual Capital, and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2022).
The FRI will be launching a new look and working to expand opportunities for faculty, students and community members to get involved with the FRI. Please join us for this event and be on the lookout for future announcements about the FRI’s upcoming programming and CFPs.