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Iris Viveros Avendaño (she her hers)

Graduate Student
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B.A. Social Sciences/Gender Culture and Ethnicity, minor in Gender Women and Sexualities, University of Washington, 2013
Social Anthropology, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico 2004
Escuelita Zapatista

Iris C. Viveros Avendaño was born and raised in Mexico. She is a Ph.D. student and a McNair Scholar whose academic interests emphasize the integration of third world feminist approaches to the analysis of colonial legacies and projects in present-day systems of violence. To this effect, she focuses on the role of social structures and state-mediated technologies of power and domination in perpetuating violence against Afroindigenous [descent] women. In addition, Iris’s scholarly work focuses on the connection between polyrhythmic collective music making and practices of resistance, recovery, and healing from trauma. Lastly,  a central idea throughout her scholarly work is the exploration of the feminized body in fandango–In its collective and individual manifestation– as a decolonial space where knowledge is produced, reproduced, and transmitted.  
A major source of Iris’s academic and personal inspiration comes from her involvement as a bailadora/percussive dancer in the Seattle Fandango Project, a community dedicated to forging relationships and social activism through participatory music, poetry, and dance.


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Professional Affiliations: 
City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Democratizing Knowledge Institute Fellow

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