Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Fall 2012 Symposium

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to sponsor a public symposia series to be held in the fall and spring semesters. This gathering of leading scholars from diverse disciplines is designed to facilitate and further conversations central to the changing field of Mexican American studies. The title of the first symposium was "Sexing the Borderlands: From the Midwest Corridor and Beyond" and took place October 12-13, 2012.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Prothro Theatre, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Kickoff Lecture, "The Brown Commons: The Sense of Wildness," José Esteban Muñoz, Professor of Performance Studies, New York University

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Santa Rita Suite (UNB 3.502), Texas Student Union, The University of Texas at Austin

Borders, Portals, and Spatial Reorientations

Body Portals: Sexuality and Flows through Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer, Carlos Decena, Rutgers University

Gentrify My Love: On the Borders of Neighborly Desire, Richard Rodriguez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Shameless Sex: From Porfirian Ruins to the UFW

Desire Among the Ruins: Naked Children and the Politics of Pleasure in American Photographs of Porfirian Mexico, Jason Ruiz, Notre Dame University

“Indiscriminate and Shameless Sex”: The Strategic Use of Sexuality by the 
United Farm Workers, Ana Minian, Stanford University

Circum-Gulf Pedagogies of the New Borderlands: Sexuality, Blackness, and Queering “The” Nation

Vocal Pedagogy: Ruth Fernández and the Role of the ‘Musical’ in Colonial Puerto Rico, Licia Fiol Matta, CUNY Lehman College

Triangulated Racialized Sexualities: Spectatorship and Cross-Border Desires and Anxieties in Mexican Rumbera Cinema, 1940s-1950s, Laura Gutierrez, The University of Arizona

Comments by José Esteban Muñoz, New York University

Sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies; the LGBTQ/Sexualities research cluster in the Center for Women's and Gender Studies; the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies; the Performance as Public Practice program in the Department of Theatre and Dance; the Latino Media Studies program in the College of Communication; the Department of English; and allgo.

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