Are you interested in how real people in Latin America (versus their clerical, government, or social reformer leaders) deal(t) with the doctrines, laws, reforms and recommendations regarding marriage and divorce thrown at them in the early 20th century (or the national period)? I am trying to bring together a panel for the next Latin American Studies Association conference, in Dallas, TX in March 2003.
The panel is tentatively titled "Divorce and Family Law from Below." From the materials I have, collected during years of research on the Catholic Church, gender, and grassroots activism in Mexico, I'm putting together a paper called "The New Bigamists: Reports on the Clash of Catholic Doctrine and Revolutionary Divorce Law from the Diocese(s) of Guadalajara."
I would like to present this work on the religious side of things alongside some of the excellent analyses I've seen and heard of interpretations of family and divorce law from the state/reformist/ and/or radical sides of things, either in Revolutionary Mexico or (even better) in a comparative perspective, with people working on other regions during the national period/early 20th century who have identified issues regarding the theory and practice of marriage and divorce, civil and religious.
Please get in touch with me if you're interested. We have just about three weeks to get this together and I'm willing to coordinate the paperwork and application to LASA. The deadline is 22 April 2002.
Kristina A. Boylan
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Washington DC 20010
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