“Silence” and “Absence” as Imprints in Women’s Stories of Migration and Human Trafficking
Panelists: Dr. Araceli Alonso & Esperanza Jorge Barbuzano
Through the concepts of “silence” and “absence,” this STREETS Plenary presents a comparative analysis of women’s experiences of trafficking as they travel two migratory routes: from West Africa to southern Europe, and from Central America to the United States. Imposed silence and absence take specific forms in each woman’s journey and story, in each woman’s body, expressing damage, expulsion, exploitation and/or disappearance, but also strength, resilience, and hope. Methodologically, we have developed a patchwork pedagogy that seeks to dialogically connect territories and people to create a choral narrative and a broad social dialogue.
Dr. Hil Malatino
Hil Malatino is Joyce L. and Douglas S. Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy at Penn State. He is the author of Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad (Minnesota 2022), Trans Care (Minnesota 2020), and Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience (Nebraska 2019). His essays have appeared in Hypatia, TSQ, Signs, and other journals and edited volumes. You can contact him at HMalatino@psu.edu.