Scholar: Stephanie Orozco
Major: International Affairs; Spanish
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Daniel Perez; Dr. Emma Sepulveda Pulvirenti
Research Topic: "Language, Politics, and the Women of Juárez"
Abstract: The term femicide refers to the idea of women who are killed because they are women. For almost two decades, the Mexican town of Ciudad Juárez, in Chihuahua, Mexico, has been known for its increasing number of missing women. Their bodies have later been found mutilated, raped, stabbed and murdered. A variety of theories that pertain to this subject claim to have found the reason for these acts of femicide. These theories include the theory of machismo and the patriarchic home, drug trafficking, women trafficking, organ trafficking, etc. Within the pages and dialogue of films, articles, websites, books, etc, there are terms that are used to identify femicide. These terms politically define, in the global sphere, how each nation-state identifies femicide. Some of these terms include muertas/dead, asesinadas/assassinate, and desaparecidas/disappeared. Each of these words is different in meaning and in definition both in Spanish and in English.
In this study I will compare and analyze the use of the term "femicide" and other words, as mentioned above, to demonstrate the role that language plays in framing identity politics - with respect to the women of Juarez. The cultural texts used are, The Daughters of Juárez written by Teresa Rodriguez, a Think film, Bordertown, directed and written by Gregory Nava, and Desert Blood-The Juárez Murders written by Alicia Gaspar de Alba. It is difficult to determine the causes of femicide; however, these women are found dead/muertas and are brutally murdered. They have not died because of natural causes, disease or accidental death. They do not disappear without a trace; they are not assassinated, simply murdered.
New Scholar: Spring 2008
Graduated With Baccalaureate Degree: Spring 2009