Brianna Griesinger

Brianna Griesinger

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Research Focus

My research examines practices of storytelling employed by feminists and activists pursuing reproductive justice in Peru. I use ethnographic methods including interviews, participant observation, and audiovisual data collected in Ayacucho, Cusco, and Lima Peru between July 2022 and June 2023. This research draws on the influence of the regional Latin American feminist movement with specific consideration given to the legacy of the Peruvian Internal Armed Conflict and the affiliated forced sterilisation campaign of 1995-2001. I review forced sterilisation, lack of abortion healthcare services, and limitations on parenthood for LGBTQIA+ people as the three primary examples of reproductive injustice in Peru today. I consider transformative approaches to achieving reproductive justice through feminist identity development and community formation amidst the wide array of storytelling practices including testimony, informational resources, protest, as well as creative expression and performance.

Research Interests

My academic themes of interest include: narrative employment, modes of storytelling, 'artivism', street art and public performance, public space reclamation, material identity expression, identity formation and development, feminism, feminist activism, transnational feminist mobilisation, feminist citizenship, reproductive justice, bodily autonomy, agency, social justice, conflict transformation, and the legacy of conflict.

Teaching

I am currently a Teaching Assistant for the Anthropology module Being Human: Evolution, Culture and Society. I have also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Politics/International Relations module World Politics: War and Peace, engaging with themes regarding the foundations of international relations and modern applications of conflict transformation theories.

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