2024 Global Feminist Forum - Entre-Between: Memoirs of Brazilian Immigrant Women

05March
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Conference Room

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This panel presents and discusses the project which resulted in the book Entre-Between (Kotter Editorial, forthcoming December 2023), a bilingual (in English and Portuguese) collection of twenty-eight memoir essays written by six Brazilian immigrant women in the United States. The authors will read their selected short pieces and discuss their migrant experiences and participation in this project. For one year and a half, they met weekly via zoom to practice memoir writing in Portuguese and/or English. They translated each of their pieces in the other language. Two participants who have worked as translators/interpreters revised the translation. Working within the genre of memoir enabled the authors to develop their writing skills and reflect on significant moments that marked their immigrant journeys. The essays share key issues about immigration such as identity (gender, sexual orientation, and/or racial identities), belonging, language, family, loss, hybridity, and memory. The title of the book gestures at the binary, the “entre-between”, condition which lies at the heart of the diasporic/migrant subject who lives in-between multiple languages, cultures, politics, racial classifications, memories, and places. While there are various anthologies of Latina immigrants in the U.S., Brazilian immigrants are less visible and have not published their own stories. 

Featured Speakers

Cecilia Santos (Coordinator of the panel and co-author)
Cecilia MacDowell Santos
is from Recife. She is a university professor and researcher in the areas of sociology of law, human rights, and feminist studies. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from UFPE, a Master’s in Law from USP, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2001, she is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco. Since 2006, she is also a researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, in Portugal. She is the author of Women’s Police Stations: Gender, Violence, and Justice in São Paulo, Brazil (Palgrave Macmillan) and editor of several books. She has written numerous articles and book chapters published in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. In the 1990s, she joined the group MUIMBRAS-Brazilian Immigrant Women. In 2011, she co-founded COLIBRIS-Collective of Brazilian Immigrant Women. She moved to Berkeley in 1991 and lived in Los Angeles from 1999 to 2001. Since then, she resides in San Francisco, having lived in Coimbra from 2006 to 2009.

Cristiane Busato Smith (editor of the book Entre-Between, coordinator of the book project) 
Cristiane Busato Smith
is a teacher and writer from Curitiba, Brazil.  She holds an MA in English literature and a PhD in literary studies from Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR). In 2005, she held a visiting fellowship at the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CentreCATH) at Leeds University, United Kingdom. She taught undergraduate and graduate levels at Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Tuiuti University of Paraná (UTP) and Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade (UNIANDRADE). She co-edited the journal Scripta Alumni and is member of the editorial board of Interin (Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná) and Scripta (Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade). She is lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at OSHER Institute – Arizona State University (ASU). She teaches non-fiction creative writing in the United States and in Brazil. She works as lead editor for Brazil at the Global Shakespeares digital project and the Shakespeare in Brazil website, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her essays have appeared in edited collections in Brazil, North America, Europe, and Asia. She is the author of the book Ofélia e a Arte (2022). She has two adult daughters and has lived in the United States with her husband and Vida, her golden retriever, since 2010.

Leila Couceiro is a journalist born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, where she graduated from the Federal University (UFRJ) and worked for ten years as a reporter for Veja, Jornal do Brasil, Marie Claire, O Dia, and other major Brazilian media outlets. In 2000, she moved with her American husband to Sacramento, California, and started writing about her expat life on the blog Stuck in Sac. Leila has translated U.S. bestsellers into Portuguese for book publisher Sextante. In Sacramento she had a son, established roots, and today works for the Planning and Development Division at University of California, Davis.

Luciana Fins holds a B.A in journalism (UFJF) and Theater (UNESA-RJ). She has a specialization in Performing arts (UNESA-RJ). Her research interests are Latin American theater, theater anthropology, and feminine identity in the performing and visual arts. She has worked as an actress and theater director in Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. She has worked as a translator and has translated plays and books into Portuguese and Spanish. She was Language Coordinator and translator for Warner Channel, Discovery Channel and Turner Broadcasting. She produces and presents the podcast “Arte em Movimento”. She is mother to a young attorney. She is from Minas Gerais, Brazil, and has lived in Arizona since 2021.

Marina de Simone Gomes is from São Paulo and spent her adolescence in Campinas, SP. She studied Law in Itu, at FADITU. She is currently a manager at Amazon, where she has worked since 2019. She has Brazilian, Italian and American citizenship. She is passionate about outdoor sports. She has lived in the United States for over 30 years with her husband, two adult children and their pets. 

Regina Camargo was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She moved to California after graduating from college in 1986. She holds two master’s degrees from San Francisco State University in Broadcast Electronic Communications Arts (1995) and in Early Childhood Special Education (2019) and a BA in Journalism from Methodist University (1985, São Paulo, Brazil). She was a member in the following collectives: MUIMBRAS (Mulheres Imigrantes Brasileiras - Brazilian Immigrant Women), Colibris and Desbordar. Colibris organized the first conference of Brazilian immigrant women in the US in 2011 at USF, University of San Francisco. She worked for many years as a translator of academic articles from Portuguese to English as well as an interpreter. As of late, she has been working mainly in the field of education. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, two grown children and two cats.