This collaborative project emerged out of an interdisciplinary feminist working
group first brought together by Hemispheric Dialogues, a program supported
by the Ford Foundation’s Rethinking Area Studies initiative, based at the Chi-
cano/Latino Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz (ucsc),
which was aimed at bridging Latin American and Latina/o studies through cur-
ricular innovation and action–research partnerships. That program gave rise to
a Greater Bay Area research group of Chicana/Latina and Latin American(ist)
feminist scholars cofounded by Sonia E. Alvarez, together with Claudia
de Lima Costa, Norma Klahn, Lionel Cantú, Verónica Feliu, Patricia Zavella,
Lourdes Martínez-Echazabal, Teresa Carrillo, and several other Latin/a Amer-
ican and feminist faculty and graduate students of color which ultimately
inspired this anthology. The editors and many of the contributors formed part
of that group, which met in Santa Cruz over a number of years. Most other con-
tributors also participated at one point or another in one of the several sessions
on the travels and translations of feminist theories in the Americas that we
organized for Congresses of the Latin American Studies Association in 2000,
2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007 and in various conferences and seminars we
have held on the topic in a variety of locations, including ucsc and the Federal
University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. In 2006, the project traveled to the East
Coast, and this book began to be collectively imagined during a transcoastal,
translocal conference, held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, that
spring. The always productive and provocative conversations among our au-
thors have been sustained virtually in more recent years. We thank all the con-
tributors for their hard work and dedication to the project as the book under-
went revisions.
Sonia E. Alvarez wishes to thank the University of Massachusetts graduate
research assistants who have worked tirelessly over the years to help make this
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