Native Studies Research Colloquium Series: Ana-Maurine Lara, I was born here: Denationalization, National Sovereignty and Racial Formations”

April 7, 2015
12:00 pmto1:30 pm
Ana-Maurine Lara

Ana-Maurine Lara

Many Nations Longhouse
1630 Columbia St.
UO campus
Bring-your-own-lunch (BYOL)

Native Studies Research Colloquium Series

The Native American Studies Research colloquium series is a forum for scholars to present their research for discussion at the University of Oregon.  All events are free and open to the public.

“I was born here: Denationalization, National Sovereignty and Racial Formations”
presented by Ana-Maurine Lara, CLLAS Visiting Scholar

This paper focuses on Black-Indian (Afro-Indigenous) relations in mainland and on island America, comparing the denationalization of Cherokee Freedmen and Dominicans of Haitian descent. The paper is a philosophical query into the interstices between struggles for native sovereignty, racial formations and citizenship, and draws on these seemingly disparate examples to engage two principle questions: 1) how do our colonial racial legacies manifest themselves in the struggles for citizenship in the context of Native/Indigenous sovereign nations? 2) What do sovereign Native/Indigenous nations gain from the exclusion of “black” subjects?

Ana-Maurine Lara is the first ever Visiting Scholar with the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. She recently completed her PhD in African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. Her first academic book (in-progress) is titled Bodies and Souls: Sexual Terror in God’s New World, and is based on her graduate research, which focused on LGBT political activism and the Catholic state in the Dominican Republic.

She is an award-winning novelist and poet. Her novels include Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press 2006) and When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones 2011); her short stories and poems have been featured in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. Her published scholarship engages topics on Afro-Latin@ and Afro-Diasporic queer identities and aesthetics.

Teaming up in Medford: Latino Roots and the Latino Civic Participation Project

Medford, OR – The Latino Roots Exhibit on display at the 2014 Multicultural Fair.

Medford, OR – The Latino Roots Exhibit on display at the 2014 Multicultural Fair.

September 26, 2014—Gerardo Sandoval, associate director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, took his graduate students to the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair in Medford, Ore., on Saturday, September 26 to explain findings from the Latino Civic Participation Project. Sandoval, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management, said that he was able to connect with about 25 key people who work with diversity issues in Medford. He and his students also spoke about their findings with about 100 Latinos who attended the fair. Professor Sandoval is the project coordinator for the CLLAS Advancing Latino Equity in Oregon Project.

CLLAS Associate Director Gerardo Sandoval Named Winner of 2014 Chester Rapkin Award

Gerardo Sandoval

Gerardo Sandoval

Gerardo Francisco Sandoval has been named the 2014 winner of the prestigious Chester Rapkin Award for best article from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Dr. Sandoval is the associate director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon and an assistant professor, Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management.

The Chester Rapkin Award Selection Committee announced October 16 that Professor Sandoval won the prize for the best paper for this award year in the Journal of Planning Education and Research for his article “Shadow Transnationalism: Cross-Border Networks and Planning Challenges of Transnational Unauthorized Immigrant Communities” (Vol 33 (1), pp. 176-193).

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Junior–Senior Faculty Conversation on Publishing

April 30, 2015
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Jane Grant Room
330 Hendricks Hall
1408 University St.

“Intimate Partner Violence and Immigrant Women,” CLLAS Grantee Presentation: Kathryn Miller

April 16, 2015
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Mills International Center (tentative)

CLLAS graduate student grantee Kathryn Miller, Department of Political Science, will talk about her research on intimate partner violence (IPV) and immigrant women, which has been supported by a CLLAS Graduate Student Research Grant.

Abstract: “There is a long history, in the United States and elsewhere, of failing to recognize intimate partner violence (IPV) against immigrant women as criminal harm. IPV continues almost unabated throughout the world, affecting all countries, cultures, and economic class. In the US, there is a decisive gap between the numbers of immigrant women facing IPV, and those afforded state amelioration (i.e. visas or grants of asylum); insofar as they exist, state responses have failed to adequately address this form of gendered violence. Rather than viewing legal and administrative institutions in the US as well-meaning, though inept, I ask to what extent they may be directly implicated both in legitimating IPV against immigrant women, and creating the space necessary for it to continue. Given that the existence of this legal space is an essential precondition to the acts of violence themselves, how should we understand the role of US governmental institutions in IPV against immigrant women? That is, what is the relationship between state actions/inactions and the perpetuation of this form of gendered violence? This dissertation examines the ways in which categories of victimhood (e.g. ‘battered immigrant’), formed through policy and policy implementation, operate on women seeking state intervention. I hypothesize that these categories have an exclusionary and disciplinary effect on IPV survivors in two instances treated as separate in policy and the literature: 1) Women seeking asylum on account of IPV, and 2) immigrant women facing IPV in the US. I examine this through an analysis of legal processes, relevant policies and administration, court cases, and interviews with employees at NGOs that serve immigrant women. I also re-conceptualize what it means for the state to do harm in this context.”

CLLAS Director Lynn Stephen Receives UO Fund for Faculty Excellence Award

Lynn Stephen / photo by Jack Liu.

Lynn Stephen / photo by Jack Liu.

CLLAS director Lynn Stephen has been named a recipient of a University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence Award for AY 2014-15. She is among 13 UO faculty members chosen for this award.

Dr. Stephen is a Distinguished Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology, and director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

In making the announcement, UO acting senior vice president and provost Frances Bronet said: “The Fund for Faculty Excellence is designed to further the university’s strategic commitment to improving its academic quality and reputation by recognizing, supporting, and retaining world-class tenure-related faculty. The recipients of this honor have been chosen on the basis of scholarly impact within their respective fields, their contributions to program and institutional quality at the UO, and their academic leadership.”

For a full listing of recipients, go to: Office of Academic Affairs newsletter.



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