Former UO researcher to discuss new book on women and trauma

UO alumna Barbara Sutton returns to campus Oct. 25 to talk about her latest book, “Surviving State Terror: Women’s Testimonies of Repression and Resistance in Argentina.”

The event will take place in Gerlinger Alumni Lounge from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Based on oral testimonies of women who survived clandestine detention centers from 1976-83, a period of state terrorism in Argentina, the book illuminates the gendered and embodied forms of trauma that women endured while also highlighting their historical and political agency.

Sutton is now an associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She was the 2002 Jane Grant Fellow at the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society and is a former student of center founder Joan Acker and longtime director Sandra Morgen.

Sutton completed her doctorate in sociology at the UO in 2004. While at the university, she was co-founder and coordinator of the Social Sciences Feminist Network and the Gender in Latin America research interest groups.

The talk was organized by UO sociology professor Kari Norgaard and is sponsored by the Department of Sociology; Center for the Study of Women in Society; Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin American Studies Program; and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.