American Studies
American Studies

Beyond El Barrio Symposium: Everyday Life in Latina/o America

with AMS Professor Cary Cordova

Tue, November 16, 2010 | Room 207 AB, San Jacinto Conference Center

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The symposium will feature a panel consisting of Professor Gina Pérez (Oberlin College), Professor Frank Guridy (UT Austin), Professor Cary Cordova (UT Austin) and Professor John Mckiernan-Gonzalez (UT Austin).  Professor Deborah Paredez (UT Austin) will serve as the moderator.

Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America features new scholarship that critically interrogates how Latinos are portrayed in media, public policy and popular culture, as well as the material conditions in which different Latina/o groups build meaningful communities both within and across national affiliations. Drawing from history, media studies, cultural studies, and anthropology, the contributors illustrate how despite the hypervisibility of Latinos and Latin American immigrants in recent political debates and popular culture, the daily lives of America's new "majority minority" remain largely invisible and mischaracterized.

Taken together, these essays provide analyses that not only defy stubborn stereotypes, but also present novel narratives of Latina/o communities that do not fit within recognizable categories. In this way, this book helps us to move "beyond el barrio": beyond stereotype and stigmatizing tropes, as well as nostalgic and uncritical portraits of complex and heterogeneous range of Latina/o lives.

Copies of Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America will be available for purchase.  Refreshments will be provided.

The San Jacinto Conference Center is located on the first floor of the San Jacinto Residence Hall (SJH), corner of 21st Street and San Jacinto Boulevard.  Entrances can be found on 21st Street and facing the Brazos Parking Garage. Public parking is available in the Brazos Parking Garage (BRG), 210 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

For more information regarding this event or other CMAS programming, please call (512) 471-4557 or visit the CMAS website at

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies, the Department of American Studies, and the Department of History

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