Colloquium Series Part 2: Joshua Simon

On Monday, February 22nd at 6:00pm in the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, CLACS will welcome Columbia University’s Joshua Simon, who will present the second lecture of the Spring 2016 Colloquium Series, Political Imaginaries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Professor Simon’s talk, entitled “The Ideology of Creole Revolution: Imperialism and the Independence in American andContinue reading “Colloquium Series Part 2: Joshua Simon”

Early Latin American Migration to the U.S. Focus of Next Indocumentales

Post by Gretchen Kyle Shaheen, CLACS MA Candidate and Graduate Associate for K-12 Outreach On Monday, November 23, CLACS will be presenting the second film in this semester’s installation of Indocumentales.  Starting at 6:30pm, we will be screening Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) of the PBS Series Latino Americans. The second part of the Latino Americans Series,Continue reading “Early Latin American Migration to the U.S. Focus of Next Indocumentales”

CLACS ’03 Alum’s Newest Book on the Lasting Immigrant Legacy of Mexico’s Cristero War

Written by CLACS MA Candidate Patrick Moreno-Covington In popular conceptions, immigrants are often thought of as poor, huddled masses yearning for the opportunity that awaits them in their new country. More recent images and ideas composed in times where immigration restrictions have increased focus on the sources of violence and poverty immigrants are often leaving.Continue reading “CLACS ’03 Alum’s Newest Book on the Lasting Immigrant Legacy of Mexico’s Cristero War”

Ethnographies of “Culturas Indígenas Preservadas”

Posted by Oscar Marquez, Doctoral Student in American Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU I will be spending six weeks in Guadalajara as a guest researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores de Antropología Social (CIESAS) to conduct preliminary research for my dissertation. I will be conducting archival and (hopefully)Continue reading “Ethnographies of “Culturas Indígenas Preservadas””

¿Cuál es tu nivel?: Studying Consumer Segmentation in Mexico

Posted by Marcel Rosa-Salas – doctoral student in Sociocultural Anthropology  at NYU Mexico City is one of Latin America’s thriving hubs for the marketing industry, home to both small boutique agencies and satellite offices of global holdings. For the past two weeks, I have been in the city doing research on consumer segmentation in its advertisingContinue reading “¿Cuál es tu nivel?: Studying Consumer Segmentation in Mexico”

(Re)Defining Mestizaje in Mexico City

Written by Patrick Moreno-Covington CLACS MA Candidate  Stepping out of customs and into one of the many cabs queued up outside of Mexico City’s Benito Juárez airport, I became immediately consumed by all things Chilango. Street performers and vendors at traffic lights, insane amounts of traffic, delicious spits of marinated pork known as al Pastor slowlyContinue reading “(Re)Defining Mestizaje in Mexico City”

CLACS Alumnus Publishes Book Debunking the Myths of the Old West

Written by CLACS Master’s Candidate Patrick Moreno-Covington Does historical reality influence popular narrative or can popular culture construct its own historical reality? In his newest book, Revolvers and Pistolas, Vaqueros and Caballeros: Debunking the Old West, CLACS alumni D.H. Figueredo challenges commonly held perceptions of the American West to reveal the fundamental role of MexicanContinue reading “CLACS Alumnus Publishes Book Debunking the Myths of the Old West”

Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments III: The Fiesta for the Virgen de Asunción

As part of the fieldwork for my thesis on the role of women in traditional indigenous usos y costumbres-style governments in Oaxaca, Mexico, I had the opportunity to flex my participant-observation skills and attend the fiesta for the Virgen de Asunción in Santa Catarina Lachatao. Lachatao is a small town with few educational or jobContinue reading “Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments III: The Fiesta for the Virgen de Asunción”

Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments II: Teotitlán del Valle’s First Female Municipal Secretary

“I am the first female municipal secretary in my town,” Teotitlán del Valle, says Fatima Antonio González. She was named to the position by the current municipal president at 23 years old in 2010. As municipal secretary, she deals with community records and documents. Teotitlán del Valle is one of 418 towns governed by theContinue reading “Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments II: Teotitlán del Valle’s First Female Municipal Secretary”

Women In Usos y Costumbres Governments I: Masculinity Workshops

I’m in Oaxaca, Mexico for the summer doing research for my thesis on the role of women in traditional indigenous usos y costumbres-style governments. Oaxaca has 418 towns that are run by usos y costumbres, a form of government recognized by the state constitution. In these communities, only 18 women have ever become president (theContinue reading “Women In Usos y Costumbres Governments I: Masculinity Workshops”