S07E03: Ale­jan­dra Bal­lon Gutier­rez on Body Pol­i­tics in Peru 

This episode explores for­mer Peru­vian Pres­i­dent Alber­to Fuji­mori’s pop­u­la­tion con­trol pro­grams and how eugenic prin­ci­ples have led to the force­ful ster­il­iza­tion of women belong­ing to var­i­ous indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. What role do for­eign gov­ern­ments and inter­na­tion­al donors play in the racial­ized pol­i­tics of pop­u­la­tion con­trol, and how have vio­la­tions of wom­en’s bod­i­ly auton­o­my and repro­duc­tive rights come to light? Lis­ten to hear what kind of civ­il soci­ety mobi­liza­tion is ongo­ing in pur­suit of repa­ra­tions for the vic­tims and survivors.

Guest fea­tured in this episode: 

Ale­jan­dra Bal­lon Gutier­rez is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Pon­tif­i­cal Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty of Peru. She is a social sci­en­tist, a visu­al artist, and a fem­i­nist activist, whose work is sit­u­at­ed at the inter­sec­tion of gen­der, human rights, race, and decolo­nial per­spec­tives. Her doc­tor­al dis­ser­ta­tion in social anthro­pol­o­gy in Paris focused on the his­to­ry of a decade of forced ster­il­iza­tions in Peru. Fur­ther she works as coor­di­na­tor of the Forced Ster­il­iza­tion Repa­ra­tions Work­ing Group which has been try­ing to gain jus­tice for women forcibly ster­il­ized since 25 years and at the Insti­tute in sup­port of the Rur­al Wom­en’s Autonomous Move­ment. Ale­jan­dra also has a mas­ter’s degree in Crit­i­cal Cura­to­r­i­al Cyber Media Stud­ies from the Gene­va Uni­ver­si­ty of Art and Design. Her work spans a vari­ety of artis­tic dis­ci­plines, instal­la­tions, draw­ing, music, per­for­mance paint­ing, and the new media.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.