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Ethnographies of Contestation and Resilience in Latinx America.
Co-chaired by Alex E. Chavez and Gina M. Pérez

April 7-11, 2019

Ethnographies of Contestation and Resilience in Latinx America

Today, as in the past, Latinx communities are contesting multiple forms of cultural and structural violence, which have greatly intensified in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. What can we learn from long-term dissent, contestation, and social activism in relation to the Trump administration’s polarized politics? How are the presidential policies and nativist discourse affecting Latinxs? And how do ethnographic approaches (as opposed to other methods) help us understand how this historical moment is new and how activists are pivoting or reshaping their enduring resistance strategies?

This seminar engages with these critical questions and focuses on developing and deepening research from varied communities across the United States. Collectively, the work of Latinx scholars within Anthropology illuminates challenges and fears Latinxs currently navigate as well as creative politics of inclusivity that build on the critical and historic work of organizations and individuals who have addressed and organized to challenge structural inequalities past and present. Given the urgency of the current political moment, each seminar participant seeks to contribute insights from ongoing and engaged field research in a range of Latinx communities in order to share information, strategies, and insights that deepen our understanding of both the distinctive challenges facing Latinx communities, as well as their resilient and shifting responses. This seminar, therefore, provides geographic breadth—with research based in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Chicago, Ohio, and New York—and affirms the need for engaged Latinx ethnographic practice across space, time, and national borders.

Alex E. Chavez, co-chair
Assistant Professor,Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Gina M. Pérez, co-chair
Professor, Department of Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College

Ana Aparcio
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University

Andrea Bolivar
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Sherina Feliciano-Santos
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina

Santiago Guerra
Assistant Professor, Department of Southwest Studies, Colorado College

Jonathan Rosa
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Gilberto Rosas
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Aimee Villarreal
Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American Studies, Our Lady of the Lake University

Patricia Zavella
Professor Emerita, Department of Latin America and Latino Studies, University of California – Santa Cruz

April 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Advanced Seminar Presentation: “Refusal, Resistance and Resilience: Latinx Communities Dissent and Organize in Moments of Danger”

Co-chairs: Alex E. Chavez, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame and Gina M. Perez, Professor, Department of Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College.

Latinx communities have long histories of organizing and responding to dangerous and uncertain times. The scholars participating in this SAR advanced seminar explore the struggles facing a range of Latinx communities, as well as their varied examples of resistance politics, activism, and organizing. With research based in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Chicago, Ohio, and New York, the scholars’ work affirms the need for engaged ethnographic practice across space, time and national borders and raise important questions both about new directions for scholarly work in Latinx Studies and hopeful possibilities for most just futures.

Andrew W. Mellon FoundationFunding for this Fellowship provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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