The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) is hosting an annual public symposia beginning this fall. This annual gathering of leading scholars from diverse disciplines is designed to facilitate and further conversations central to the changing field of Mexican American studies. The title of the fall symposium is "Sexing the Borderlands: From the Midwest Corridor and Beyond" and is scheduled to take place Octt. 12-13.
Discussion topics include:
Borders, Portals, and Spatial Reorientations
"Body Portals: Sexuality and Flows through Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer," Carlos Decena, Rutgers University
"Gentrify My Love: On the Borders of Neighborly Desire," Richard Rodriguez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Shameless Sex: From Porfirian Ruins to the UFW"
"Desire Among the Ruins: Naked Children and the Politics of Pleasure in American Photographs of Porfirian Mexico," Jason Ruiz, Notre Dame University
“Indiscriminate and Shameless Sex: The Strategic Use of Sexuality by the United Farm Workers," Ana Minian, Stanford University
"Circum-Gulf Pedagogies of the New Borderlands: Sexuality, Blackness, and Queering the Nation"
"Vocal Pedagogy: Ruth Fernández and the Role of the ‘Musical’ in Colonial Puerto Rico," Licia Fiol Matta, CUNY Lehman College
"Triangulated Racialized Sexualities: Spectatorship and Cross-Border Desires and Anxieties in Mexican Rumbera Cinema, 1940s-1950s," Laura Gutierrez, The University of Arizona