Join Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology at New York University (NYU), and the founding director of the Latinx Project at NYU, for this year’s annual Mellon Lecture.
Dávila states, “In this talk I draw from my twenty year old history as a reluctant anthropologist and my multiple publications on the cultural politics of Latinidad to argue that anthropology has much to learn from Latinx and ethnic studies to remain relevant in the twentieth first century. Centering these fields can lead the discipline to get over its fetishized concern with “peoples and cultures” and move us to more fully engage with racism in the discipline, the US academy and society at large.”
Dávila will also weave examples from her work with The Latinx Project, an interdisciplinary center at NYU, to highlight the kind of praxis, digital humanities, and arts and culture based initiates that are so necessary for empowerment in American universities beyond the bounds of any single discipline.
About the speaker:
Arlene Dávila is a Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University, and a recognized public intellectual focusing on questions of cultural equity and Latinx and critical race studies. She is the author of six books focusing on Latinx cultural politics spanning the media, urban politics, museums, and contemporary art markets. Her latest book Latinx Art: Artists, Markets and Politics (Duke Press 2020) was selected as one of the best art books of 2020 by the New York Times and ARTnews, and a favorite book by Smithsonian scholars and Artnet News. She is also the founding director of The Latinx Project, an interdisciplinary space focusing on Latinx art and culture and hosting artists and curatorial projects at NYU.
This program is supported by