This inter-disciplinary graduate seminar seeks to identify and critically analyze how the concepts of gender, race, culture, class, sexuality and nation are invested with power, forms of inequality and creative potential. We will examine the politics of the production of knowledge by focusing on the post-colonical theories of relationships between the colonized, colonizer, and the exotic. We bring this theorizing into conversation with contemporary thinking aruond intersecting identities, systems of opression and modes of resistance.
Elena Avilés, Chicano and Latino Studies faculty, presented “Bodies Outside the Mold” at the LVII National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference in San Francisco, April 16-18. Avilés also mentored students to present a panel titled “A Community Working Together: Student Activism and Civic Engagement at Portland State University” at the conference.
Elena Avilés, Chicano and Latino Studies faculty, presented “Language, Identity, and Urbanscapes in Demetria Martínez’s The Block Captain’s Daughter” at the second Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference, Latina/o Utopias, at Joy Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, April 23-25.
Angie Mejia, Chicano/Latino Studies faculty, presented a workshop titled “Decolonizing Mental Health, Reclaiming Emotional Narratives” at the Intertwined: University of Oregon Women of Color Annual Conference in Eugene, May 1-3.
Angie Mejia, Chicano and Latino Studies faculty, authored "You Better Check Your Method Before You Wreck Your Method: Challenging and Transforming Photovoice," a chapter published in The SAGE Handbook of Action Research, third edition.