Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

MALS Graduate Portfolio Plática: Gregorio Gonzales

Thu, April 27, 2017 | Room 2.206 (Multi-Purpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for our Spring 2017 Graduate Portfolio Plática series!
Join us for our Spring 2017 Graduate Portfolio Plática series!

Si eres Genízaro: Race, Indigeneity, and Belonging in northern New Mexico

Whether serving as the corporeal buffer zones between native and colonial modes of power as Indigenous slaves, settlers, or military scouts, Genízaro communities continue to be recognized for their historical presence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and their absence from the region today. Yet in the Rio Chama and Taos valleys, individuals, families, and communities maintain Genízaro indentity as a continued experience. Blending archival and ethnographic research with innovative theoretical and methodological frameworks, this portfolio plática by Gregorio Gonzales will attend to particular histories and experiences of Genízaro social life within the Pueblo de Abiquiú and Ranchos de Taos. Through this critical work, Gonzales explores how community-based articulations of Genízaro identity continue to navigate the racial geographies and national imaginaries of northern New Mexico and beyond.

Gregorio Gonzales is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology with a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. His dissertation supervisor is Pauline Strong, Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS)

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