10-25-12 Yolanda Hernández-Albújar

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Academic Year 2012-2013


Meeting Date: Thurs, October 25th, 2012, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery, Duquesne University.

This is the next event for our year-long theme of Migrancy

Migration, motherhood and memories of home.

Presenter: Yolanda Hernández-Albújar

Bio: Yolanda Hernández-Albújar obtained her bachelor degree in Education fromthe University of Barcelona. In 2000 she moved to the United States where she pursuedher Master's degree at University of Florida. She finished her doctorate in Sociology atthe University of Pittsburgh in April 2012. She has been an active member of the Latinocommunity and served as the vice-president of "9 Lunas" (9 Moons), a group dedicatedto help Latino mothers, for which she obtained the YWCA-Pittsburgh Racial JusticeAward for Community Engagement. She is currently a part-time faculty at the SociologyDepartment at University of Pittsburgh. Her areas of interests are innovative qualitativemethodologies, identity, gender and migration, culture and power.

Title:  "Migration, motherhood and memories of home. "

Abstract: Abstract: The sense of home, its absence, and everything in between, is a fundamentalexperience for migrants that often shapes the way they perceive themselves. This talkconcerns memories and constructions of home as found in Dr. Hernández-Albújar'sdissertation, titled "Narrative of identity and motherhood among Latin American migrantwomen." This work started by asking 12 Latina mothers living in Pittsburgh the openquestion, "Who are you?" Despite receiving an array of answers, all of the participantsused narratives on home to explain themselves. Home was inherently related to identity.While referring to home, participants engaged in narratives on past relationships withpeople who were still in their home countries. They explained their identities in thecontext of home "there" and "then". For them this narrative strategy and positioningplayed a restorative function, as it allowed the development of a new 'feeling at home' inthe receiving society. The experience and concept of motherhood, in which the sons anddaughters of immigrant mothers served as a reference point, were instrumental in thisprocess.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.