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Spring Graduate Research Colloquium II: Resilience in Transnational Communities

April 28, 2022
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

CLLAS Research Series

125 McKenzie

Alejandra Pedraza (Global Studies)

“The expansion of caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from a migrant-sending community in rural Mexico” 

Alejandra Pedraza is a second-year graduate student in the Global Studies department. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder in Environmental Studies and Biology. During her undergraduate career, Alejandra immersed herself in various conservation and sustainability projects in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. This is where her passion for international development and Latin American affairs first developed. Upon graduating, Alejandra joined Peace Corps Mexico, where she worked until the COVID-19 pandemic forced her evacuation. 

For two years, Alejandra called a remote Mexican village in the Sierra Madre Occidental home. Through integration in an isolated village entirely dependent on remittances and living alongside the people directly impacted by the dynamics of transnational family life, particularly the women and children that remain behind, Alejandra discovered her passion for understanding Mexican American migration, transnational families, and the gendered costs of migration.  

Alejandra is currently working on a qualitative research study seeking to elucidate the ways the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding gendered caregiving responsibilities in remittance-dependent households in rural Mexico. In her research, Alejandra forefronts the social conditions of migration that have been exacerbated during the pandemic and the deep wellbeing implications these changes have for the mothers in her sample.  

David Peña (School of Art and Design)

“Ecotone” 

David Peña is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and cultural organizer from the border region between Tijuana and San Diego. I use the visual vocabulary of patterns as a way to contemplate personal and public occurrences and as a point of collaboration. I seek to connect my visual practice with my commitment to people and place, exploring ways to bridge community. I use my work as a vehicle for collaboration with artists engaged in diverse media, students and the general public. These collaborations have been realized as interventions with text, photography, murals, and self-publishing. 

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Faculty Research Presentation: Cross-Border Hollywood: Production Politics and Practices in Mexico

May 11, 2022
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

CLLAS Research Series Faculty Research Presentation

Crater Lake Rooms, EMU

After World War II, Hollywood had a close and complex relationship to the Mexican film industry through investment, production, and talent exchange. Steinhart’s book project Cross-Border Hollywood: Production Politics and Practices in Mexico examines the fascinating history of Hollywood productions in Mexico from the mid-1940s until 1970. In this presentation, he explores a series of crises in the mid 1950s sparked by the U.S. government’s arrest and deportation of Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas, the Mexican Actors Union’s retaliatory attempt to ban Hollywood actors working in Mexico, and the Mexican film industry’s ongoing strategies to censor certain Hollywood productions filming in Mexico. This chain of events sheds light on a dynamic of collaboration and resistance that defined the relationship between Hollywood and the Mexican film industry.

Daniel Gómez Steinhart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies. He is author of Runaway Hollywood: Internationalizing Postwar Production and Location Shooting (University of California Press, 2019). His follow-up research project examines Hollywood’s cross-border productions in Mexico from the 1940s–1960s. The project is the recipient of an NEH Senior Research Fellowship from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. His work on film and media has appeared in Cinema Journal, Film History, Film Criticism, NECSUS: European Journal of Media StudiesInMedia: The French Journal of Media Studies, and various edited collections. He is a former film journalist and moving-image programmer.

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CLLAS Undergraduate Award Ceremony

May 25, 2022
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Lillis 282

Join us for the Undergrad Award Celebration 4-5:30!

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Latino Roots Celebration

June 2, 2022
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

EMU Ballroom

Join us for the 2022 Latino Roots Celebration!

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Spring Graduate Research Colloquium I: Tension, Gender, Poetry, and Song in Latin American Literature

April 14, 2022
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

CLLAS Research Series

125 McKenzie

Marina Penalosa (Romance Languages)

“An Intellectual Field in Tension. The Other Borges”   

Marina Penalosa is a PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Languages. Her dissertation “An Intellectual Field in Tension. The Other Borges” explores how Jorge Luis Borges’ lectures shaped him as a canonical Argentine writer, through the global evolution of his role in the intellectual field. The project seeks to address Borges’ efforts to occupy a privileged position in the public sphere in the microcosm of the cultural field. I analyze the context of the cultural events from the 1920s to the late 1980s in Argentina through the lenses of literary analysis and cultural sociology. Her presentation is the result of the archival work she did in Buenos Aires. With the support of the CLLAS scholarship she worked on the archives of the National Library to find traces of the cultural events of the public lectures in the city during the 1920’s and 1930’s. 

Elizabeth Sotelo (Romance Languages)

“Beyond Gender: Inequalities and Invisibilities Among Female Literary Chroniclers in Peru and Mexico”  

Elizabeth Sotelo is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. She obtained an M.A. degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of California Riverside and a B.A. in Spanish literature and linguistics from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Her research interests are Latin American literature and culture from the 20th and 21st centuries (emphasis on Peru and Mexico), the chronicle genre, postcolonial studies, critical race studies, critical theory, feminist studies, and narratology. Currently, she is working on her dissertation “The Urban Literary Chronicle in Peru and Mexico (1999-2021): Inhabitants, Peripheries, Epistemic Decolonization”, which focuses on how selected chronicles render visible a decolonizing and political stand through their writing. 

Magela Baudoin (Romance Languages)

“Poetry and Popular Song in Matilde Casazola and Violeta Parra: The Journey of the Seed”   

Magela Baudoin is a Bolivian writer and journalist, author of the books “Mujeres de Costado” (Plural 2010), “El sonido de la H” (National Novel Award 2014-Bolivia), “La composición de la sal” (Gabriel García Márquez Hispano-American Short Story Prize-2015), and “Vendrá la muerte y tendrá tus ojos” (finalist for the VI Ribera del Duero-Páginas de Espuma Award in Spain-2020). Her work has been translated into English, Italian, Portuguese and Arabic. Together with Giovanna Rivero, she directs Editorial Mantis, specialized in publishing the work of Spanish-speaking women. In 2021 she received the Anna Seghers award. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Literature and Romance Languages at the University from Oregon (USA).

 

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