Women's Satirical Storytelling: A Way to Contest the Rules of Journalism in Mid-Twentieth Century Colombia

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)



Sandra Sánchez–López

Sandra Sánchez–López

Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia


Anna Cant

Anna Cant

Assistant Professor, LSE Department of International History

The talk illuminates the way in which women journalists adopted and adapted satire as a storytelling strategy that allowed them to problematize existing hierarchies operating in Colombia's mid-twentieth century press world. It argues that women's print satire both challenged the rules of journalism and reproduced stories of power and worth in Colombia's mid-twentieth century press world. 

As part of her new book entitled “Battles for Belonging: Women Journalists, Political Culture, and the Paradoxes of Inclusion in Colombia, 1943-1968, our speaker aims to challenge oversimplified portrayals of struggles for power that either glorify or vilify these historical processes by erasing the complexity of the political and social actors involved in them.

Meet the speaker

Sandra Sánchez–López is Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá - Colombia. She studies the history of print and media cultures in Latin America, particularly in Twentieth-century Colombia. Her research has primarily focused on power and resistance, considering gender and class as categories of historical analysis. Her approach includes an interdisciplinary vein and an interest for digital ways to create and circulate history broadly. She explores archives as narrative and memory and is currently working on an article on historical archives and the digital for the Journal of Women’s History to be published as part of a dossier led by Jordana Mendelson, NYU, and Carmen Gain Salinas, CSIC–Spain. As part of her teaching, she also works and experiments with physical and sensorial theatre and storytelling. Her book manuscript, Battles for Belonging: Women Journalists, Political Culture, and the Paradoxes of Inclusion in Colombia, 1943-1968, will be soon published by Rowman and Littlefield, under its Social Movements in the Americas Series.

Meet the chair

Dr Anna Cant is a Latin American historian with expertise in twentieth-century politics, cultural history and rural development. She gained her PhD in History at the University of Cambridge (2015) with a thesis on land reform in Peru. Her first manuscript Land Without Masters: Agrarian Reform and Political Change Under Peru’s Military Government was published by University of Texas Press in 2021. Comparing three different regions of Peru, the book examines the cultural and political impact of the radical agrarian reform introduced by Juan Velasco Alvarado’s military government in 1969. Dr Cant has taught in the UK and Colombia, and received scholarships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust. She is one of the editors of Historia Agraria de América Latina and an associate member of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos) at Cambridge University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of International History's The Americas in World History research cluster, and is part of our series of events entitled Women, Gender and Politics in Latin America. This series will bring together leading practitioners, academics and activists to discuss plural, intersectional and interdisciplinary concepts of feminism, gender and politics from different parts of our region.

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