Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: Mark Rifkin

Mon, March 4, 2013 | Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mark Rifkin, Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will discuss his current work on sexuality, kinship systems and Native American governnance. Dr. Rifkin holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. The title of his plática is "The Erotics of Sovereignty."

Contemporary federal Indian law and policy regulates what can count as Native identity by pegging it to notions of racial and cultural purity.  Trying to live these imposed, and heteronormative, standards creates great distress and dissension in contemporary Native communities, especially with respect to those tribal members whose sexual lives and genealogies do not fit the federal ideal.  This plática by Mark Rifkin will explore these dynamics through discussion of the guidelines for tribal acknowledgment and Greg Sarris's commentary on them in his novel Watermelon Nights.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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