The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, established in 1979 at the University of Texas at Austin, fosters academic research, teaching, advocacy, and community partnerships in support of ending gender discrimination. Their mission is to create communities that address the challenges faced in the areas of gender, sexuality, diversity, and equity. As part of its Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative, a five year grant project that “generated and supported projects to create an educational culture for gender and racial justice,” the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies organized Rethinking Power & Resistance: Gender & Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas, a two-day international conference held at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas, on October 5-6, 2012.
The 2012 Rethinking Power and Resistance conference brought together academics and activists from throughout the Americas, foregrounding themes of arts as advocacy, pedagogies of alliance, and resisting criminalization. It highlighted three community-university collaborations with the Transgender Jail Project, Conspire Theatre, and the Polochic Evictions Counteraction. The collection consists of recordings of conference panels and workshops.