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Transnationa(list) Mexico: Displacement, Migration, and Mobility

St. Mary’s Hall - Multipurpose Room

September 25-26, 2015


Sponsored by:

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The College of Arts and Humanities


Friday, September 25, 2015


9:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks


10:00-11:30 Panel I: Transnational Literature


Oswaldo Estrada (The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): Cruces fronterizos y exilios de identidad en la literatura mexicana transnacional

José Ramón Ruisánchez (The University of Houston): Los justos, otra vez: una relectura de 2666

Pedro Ángel Palou (Tufts University): Fuentes, the Fate of a Public Intellectual in Times of Neoliberalism


11:30-1:30 Lunch


1:30-3:00 Panel II: Cultural Fluidity


Brian Price (Brigham Young University): Rasquache Fields Forever: La Santa Cecilia’s Migrant Beatles Cover

Manuel Gutiérrez Silva (Rice University): Aesthetics in Transit: Post-Revolutionary Mexican Art Writing and the Cross-Border Circulation of Visual Culture (Invited)

Craig Epplin (Portland State University): Mobility as Experiment


3:00-3:30 Coffee Break


3:30-5:30 Panel III:  Transnational Visual Culture


Stuart Day (The University of Kansas): Mexican Teatreros Who Shape Society

Shelley Garrigan (North Carolina State University): Mexican Jews, or Jewish Mexicans:  Border Crossings in the Mexican Documentary Genre

Cynthia Steele (The University of Washington): Transnational Flows in Perils of the Soul (1961) by Calixta Guiteras Holmes and in Laberintos de la memoria (2007) by Guita Schyfter


5:30-6:45 Keynote Lecture


Rebecca Biron (Dartmouth College): Transnational(ist) Mexico: Migrant Meanings



7:00-9:00 Dinner and Concert by Pável Urquiza


Saturday, September 26, 2015.


9:00-10:30 Panel IV: Ideology and Space


Ignacio Sánchez Prado (Washington University in St. Louis): El sublime objeto de la hegemonía: La ideología mexicana más allá de la identidad

Horacio Legrás (The University of California, Irvine): Disputes in Architectonic Design: From Colonialism to the Construction of the UNAM

Debra Castillo (Cornell University): Tag Text: Fran Ilich's Urban Landscapes


10:30-10:45 Coffee Break


10:45-12:15 Panel V: The Politics of Representation


Jaime Marroquín (Western Oregon University): Utopias from Greater Mexico: the Mexican Revolution as transnational political imagination

Rafael Acosta (The University of Kansas): Me dicen el más loco: Navegando discursos de legitimidad del bandidaje contemporáneo

Susan Antebi (The University of Toronto): Provisional Vulnerabilities: Revisiting Los hijos de Sánchez in the Neoliberal Era


12:15-2:00 Lunch


2:00-3:30 Panel VI: Sex, Gender, and Migration


Juan Rojo (Lafayette College): Get In and Get Out: Mexico, the U.S., and Transnational Sex

Analisa Taylor (The University of Oregon): Truth, Beauty, and Transnational Responsibility in Non-fictional Mexico

Valentina Napolitano (The University of Toronto): Enwalled and En-skinned: Catholicism and Gendered Transnational Migration in Rome.


3:30-3:45 Coffee Break


3:45-5:30 Panel VII: Violence and the State


Aurelia Gómez (Haverford College): Nación, revolución y los discursos testimoniales de la guerrilla en México

Oswaldo Zavala (The College of Staten Island): La narconarrativa mexicana después de Ayotzinapa

Tamara Williams (Pacific Lutheran University): The State as Void: Exchange in Sara Uribe’s Antígona González

Gareth Williams (The University of Michigan): Paramilitarism, Stasis, and the Question of the Mexican Civil War


5:30 Concluding Remarks

5:45 Shuttle to dinner in Washington, DC

9:15 Return shuttle to College Park Marriott