Sponsored by the Chicano Latino Research Center’s Latino Literary Cultures Research Cluster
Event 1: Workshop: 10 am-11:30 am in Humanities 1, Room 210
“Political Movements from the South and Chicano Texts”
A conversation on indigenismo, Chicana/o theories of mestizaje, and their relationship to Central American and Zapatista political movements. All are welcome. Participants are encouraged to read in advance the pre-circulated paper by the same title, which is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event 2: Public talk, 4-6 p.m. in Humanities 1, Room 210
“Ajchowen and the Double Gaze: Theorizing Contemporary Mayan Women’s Theater”
Professor Chacón will speak on her work with indigenous poet-performers who challenge patriarchal versions of Ajchowen, or art that expresses a Maya worldview.
Gloria E. Chacón is Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, where she teaches hemispheric indigenous studies and Latina/o studies and is currently a Hellman Faculty Fellow. Her scholarship on contemporary Maya and Zapotec writers works across the disciplines of literature, history, anthropology, and translation studies, bringing feminist and decolonial perspectives to the study of Mesoamerican cultures across national boundaries. Professor Chacón earned her PhD in Literature at the UC Santa Cruz in 2006, and went on to hold postdoctoral fellowships in Native American Studies at UC Davis, and at the Charles Young Library at UCLA. In addition to several articles on women’s poetry in Chiapas and Guatemala, she has published essays on Salvadoran folklore and on indigenista writing, and has edited a forthcoming issue of the journal Diálogo titled “The Five Points in Contemporary Indigenous Literature.” She is a past recipient of the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, and a UC Mexus Dissertation Grant.