College of Liberal Arts

Fashionistas Fabulos@s: CMAS Fall 2013 Symposium

Friday Nov 8, 2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Santa Rita Suite (UNB 3.502, Texas Union

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The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to sponsor a public symposia series to be held in the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. This gathering of leading scholars from diverse disciplines is designed to facilitate and further conversations central to the changing field of Mexican American studies. This 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 third symposium is "Fashionistas Fabulos@s" and is scheduled to take place November 7-8, 2013.

The symposium will critically consider bodily aesthetics as they manifest in style and fashion practices. The politics and practices of adornment and accessorizing are historically an integral part of Latino/a and minoritarian communal formations, and the panelists focus on materiality and expression as they intersect with notions of race, place,and gender. Headlined by Project Runway's Mondo Guerra, the presentations range from examining Juan Gabriel's queer aesthetics of performance to fat positive fashion and self representation, this two-day symposium will address questions of embodied politics and Latino/a aesthetics as a lived realities.

Welcome, 1:00 p.m.

  • Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, Associate Director, Center for Mexican American Studies

Panel 1, 1:15 p.m.

  • Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, UT Austin, Moderator
  • Guadalupe Cocotle, UNAM, “Juan Gabriel: un acorde disonante”
  • Aida Hurtado, UC Santa Barbara,  “The Poetics of Chicana Style”
  • Domino R. Perez, UT Austin,  “Family Fictions: Fashion and Photo Archives”

 Panel 2, 3:00 p.m.

  • Domino R. Perez, UT Austin, Moderator
  • Rachel González, Indiana University, “Culture-for-Sale: Traditional Dress, Consumer Citizenship and U.S.Quinceañeras
  • Jessica Lopez Lyman, UC Santa Barbara, “MeXicana Redesigners: Chicana Feminisms, Fashion, and Business”
  • Jade Petermon, UC Santa Barbara,  “Pretty Fly for a Fat Girl: Reading Hyper(in)visiblity in the Internet Fat Fashion Community”

Reception, 4:30 p.m.

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