Friday, January 28, 3:00 - 5:00PM
Commentator: Maria Cotera, University of Michigan
All papers are pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar in person. For a copy of the paper, e-mail Heather Radke at firstname.lastname@example.org,or call (312) 255-3524.
To Abolish the Law of Castes: Merit, Manhood, and the Problem of Color in the Puerto Rican Liberal Movement, 1873-1892
Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, University of Michigan
This essay traces the involvement of three men of low social rank in the evolution of liberal politics in Puerto Rico during the final decades of Spanish colonial rule. It examines how Ramón Marín, Sotero Figueroa, and Francisco Gonzalo (Pachín) Marín, men with African ancestry along with other “defects” of birth, negotiated the systems of social exclusion that operated in Puerto Rico in the 1860s and 1870s, to become men of modest public standing, writers, and members of abolitionist and colonial reform movements. These experiences of exclusion and social mobility shaped their ideas about race, class, and liberalism. Their story helps to unravel the complexities of Puerto Rican racial politics, too often flattened into a story of racial silencing and denial. It is also important to the study of early Latino settlement on the east coast of the U.S. In the 1890s Figueroa and Pachín Marín lived in New York where they helped create the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
The (Necro)State of Immigration: La Ciudad and a Politics of Labor
Kristy L. Ulibarri, University of Illinois at Chicago
This paper interprets the relationship between Latino laboring bodies and immigration under free-market policies through David Riker’s film La Ciudad as performing a theory of necropolitics. I explore how immigration and labor are inextricably united under neoliberalism. As policy and discourse, neoliberalism calls for a “free” and unregulated market, yet simultaneously, the nation continues to regulate immigration. I argue that this tension between neoliberalism and the nation-state produces violence on Latin-American immigrant bodies coming to the U.S. for labor within the film, demonstrating that this violence has deadly consequences that represent “the politics of death.”
The Newberry Seminar in Borderlands and Latino Studies
Co-sponsored by Indiana University's Latino Studies Program, Northwestern University’s Program in Latina and Latino Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University, and the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago
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