The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) will host the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture on March 27, 2014. The lecture will feature presentations by Monica Muñoz Martinez and Isabel Millán.
Monica Muñoz Martinez, Ph.D. is a recipient of the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies for the 2012-2014 academic years. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the American Studies Program at Yale University in 2012.
The title of Monica Muñoz Martinez's presentation is "Too Far Decomposed": Visual Legacies of Anti-Mexican Violence." Her presentation will examine photographic collections that depict anti-Mexican violence in the early twentieth century. Martinez situates these collections within larger trends in photography that captured the violent aftermath of wars abroad and the racial terror of mob violence in the United States.
Isabel Millán, Ph.D. is a recipient of the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies for the 2013-2014 academic year. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in American Culture with a certificate in Latina/o Studies from the University of Michigan in 2013.
The title of Isabel Millán's presentation is "Comics and the Latina Fictionalization of Spider-Girl." Her presentation spotlights Anya (Araña) Corazón, the Mexican and Puerto Rican Spider-Girl in Marvel’s comics. Millán will analyze competing narratives around the character’s name, racialization, and superhero costume, which are due to the collaborative process involved in producing comics, along with the strategic marketing of Latinidad.
A reception will follow the presentations.