The next Far Away Places speaker is Christine Ehrick, Associate Professor of History at the University Louisville, who will be talking about “Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950”. Ehrick is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota who attended college at University of California, San Diego before receiving her MA and PhD from UCLA. She conducted extensive field work in Uruguay under an Institute for International Education Fulbright Fellowship.
Her first book The Shield of the Weak: Feminism and the State in Uruguay, 1903-1933 published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2005 is a comparative study of feminist political organizations and their relationships to the emergence of Latin America’s first “welfare state.”
A reviewer for the American Historical Review called it “one of the first monographs to address comprehensively the many feminist tendencies at work at the turnoff the twentieth century, and to place the history of those movements into dialogue with broader arguments about state formation and civil society.” She added that as Ehrick concludes “Uruguay created a European welfare state within the context of America’s frontier conditions of weak civil society, and feminist movements were critical to this process.”
In her newest book Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, she describes the history of women’s voices on the radio in two of South America’s most important early radio markets. It’s a groundbreaking study in the historiography of Latin American radio and sheds light on neglected figures like Silvia Guerrico and Nené Cascallar while providing an innovative reconsideration of Eva Peron’s radio career.
Her most recent research explores gender, class and voice in Argentine comedy and children’s radio in the US and Latin America. In addition to a Fulbright she’s been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend in 2007. Her article, “To Serve the Nation: Domestic Servants, Social Assistance, and State Formation in Uruguay, 1910-1930” published in Social Science History was an Honorable Mention for the Conference on Latin American History’s 2006 Vanderwood Prize.
She’s taught at UCLA, the University of Northern Iowa and is presently an Associate Professor of History at the University of Louisville where she teaches classes on Modern Latin America, women’s and gender history, and the history of media and sound. She’s also a research associate for the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force.
Join us to hear Christine Ehrick talk about her book Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950 on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (1680 Campbell Lane). The event is free and open to the public and ‘swipeable’ for WKU students, with door prizes to follow!