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“Austerity, Precarious Use and the Elusive AIDS-Free Generation in Mozambique”

Rachel Chapman, associate professor in anthropology at University of Washington, will be on campus Friday, March 22, for a talk titled “Austerity, Precarious Use and the Elusive AIDS-Free Generation in Mozambique.”

The presentation will be held in Mather Memorial Building, Room 201, from 5 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

About the speaker

Chapman takes real-world problems and researches, publishes and applies an understanding of the meaning and politics of race, class and gender identities as they intersect in culture with power to inform the life chances and life quality of people on the margins of society.

Her research and writing aim to expose the intricate ways that race, class and gender shape social hierarchies in the U.S. and global order, and with grounding questions of race, class, and gender inequalities within nonessentialist understandings of identity.

A running theme of her work is continuity and survival strategies in poor communities, which has crystallized in the study of the reproductive health of women in difficult circumstances, from the structural violence affecting impoverished women in a gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles, to women in war torn and AIDS-ravaged Mozambique, to women who lack prenatal health care in an economically depressed and racially segregated American city.