The theme of this particular panel pays close attention to Chicana/Latina identity in its various forms. The larger theme of the UCR (Dis)Juctions Conference 2010, “States of Crisis,” presents us with a unique opportunity to explore the state of our Chicana/Latina identity from different multidisciplinary perspectives. It gives us a chance to examine the different crisis’ our identities are faced with on a daily basis. It forces us to critically engage with the work that we have done and what is yet to come.
This panel is inspired by a quote from Gloria Anzaldúa’s , “La Conciencia de la mestiza/ Toward A New Consciousness.” She says, “the new mestiza copes by developing a tolerance for contradictions, a tolerance for ambiguity. […] She has a pluralistic personality, she operates in a pluralistic mode— nothing is thrust out, the good the bad and the ugly, nothing rejected, nothing abandoned. Not only does she sustain contradictions, she turns the ambivalence into something else.” I am most interested in exploring how we are coping with the ambiguity and contractions of our daily lives. How are these contradictions affecting our lives? How are we surviving? And how can we move forward?
I want to use this space to generate discussion and promote solidarity. I am looking for a variety of projects across disciplines focused on identity. Please send 250-300 word abstracts, proposals, or questions to Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 5, 2010
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