News for Monday, October 24, 2016

The School for Advanced Research Launches New Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies with a Colloquium by Dr. David Romo

Mexico vs. Axis, c. 1942Mexico vs. Axis, c. 1942Poster by Mexican cartoonist Arias Bernal, published by the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, c. 1942.Mexico vs. Axis, c. 1942Poster by Mexican cartoonist Arias Bernal, published by the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, c. 1942.

The School for Advanced Research marks the beginning of a new Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, with a colloquium at noon. SAR’s Mellon Fellow, David Romo, will discuss Mexican Nazis and Global Pachucos:  Propaganda, Intelligence and the Production of Border Invasion Anxiety.

Dr. Romo will explore the impact of German, Japanese, British, American, and Mexican propaganda and intelligence activities along the US–Mexico border before and during World War II. During this period, cross-border drug smuggling became conflated with Axis plots to subjugate America; Mexican braceros were no longer portrayed as unwanted aliens but rather hailed by US government officials and propagandists as heroic “soldiers of production” in the battle against global fascism; and the Zoot Suit lifestyle of Mexican American barrio youth became a symbol of disloyalty. Axis propagandists paid close attention to such developments along the border region and frequently exploited the region’s issues in their short-wave radio broadcasts to Latin America as a means of undermining Pan-Americanism.

This colloquium is part of the SAR Colloquium Series on campus, in which resident scholars present their research to the public. The presentations are free. For a listing of colloquia in the series, visit https://sarweb.org/?colloquia. For more information about the series, contact Maria Spray, scholar program coordinator, at 505-954-7237 or spray[at]sarsf.org.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York awarded the School for Advanced Research a grant to support new resident fellow positions for early-career scholars in the field of Latino studies. The three-year grant, which began in 2016, supports one postdoctoral fellow in the first year of the program and two scholars in each of the succeeding two years. Dr. Romo is the first fellow in the program. He received his PhD in history in 2015 from the University of Texas at El Paso.

“We are grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s support and excited about adding a Latino studies dimension to SAR’s resident scholar program,” said Michael F. Brown, SAR’s president. “Although over the years SAR has awarded research fellowships to many Latino scholars, this is the first time we have formally created a place for the exploration of Latino issues that parallels our support for Native American studies. Given our location in the Hispanic heartland of New Mexico, this is a welcome addition to our research agenda.”

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