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Rachel V. González-Martin


CWGS Core Teaching FacultyPh.D., Indiana University

Assistant Professor in the Mexican American and Latina_o Studies, College of Liberal Arts Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Rachel V. González-Martin

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Latina/o Studies, Folklore, Ethnomusicology

Courses


MAS 361 • Mexican Amer Cul Studies Smnr

40010 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 2.128
CDWr

A seminar for advanced undergraduates to hone reading and writing skills for graduate study. We will cover a range of materials  focusing on Mexican American and Latinx Cultural Studies Theories with emphasis on the politics of cultural production in the 21st century.  Students will complete independent research projects that include ethnographic field methods, media studies, archival work and more.

AMS 370 • Latina/O Spirituality

30599 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 128
CDIIWr (also listed as MAS 340S, R S 346)

DESCRIPTION: 

This course introduces students to the religious and spiritual practices of diverse Latina/o populations living in the United States. Students will work with primary and secondary texts, ethnographic film and museum exhibitions to examine the diverse ways in which Latina/o communities’ create spiritual meaning in their lives. It will examine the religious and spiritual practices from the vantage point of transition and change as a way of understanding larger aspects of cultural and social change within 21st century U.S. Latina/o publics. This course incorporates materials and theoretical approaches relevant to multiple diasporic Latina/o communities including Afro Latino and Indigenous migrant communities. Students will learn about the diverse aspects of Latina/o spiritual, from the history of Latina/o Catholicism, to influences of West African ritual, to the rise of Latina/o Muslim conversion in the United States. It will expressly look at cultural productions from the vantage points of gender and race politics, and incorporate the spiritual tradition of women, queer communities, and various “othered” Latina/o identifying community members.

TEXTS: 

  • Aponte, Edward David. 2012. Santo!: Varieties of Latina/o Spirituality. New York: Orbis.  
  • Baez, Edward J. "Spirituality and the Gay Latino Client." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 4, no. 2 (1996): 69-81.  
  • Daniel, Yvonne. 2005. Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble. Urbana: University of Illinois Press Otero, Solimar. 2014.  
  • Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas. Albany: State University of New York Press.  
  • Perez, Laura E. 2007. Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities. Durham: Duke University Press  
  • Rodriguez, Roberto C. 2014. Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas. Tucson: University of Arizona Press  
  • Romero Cash, Marie. 1998. Living Shrines: Home Altars of New Mexico. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press

GRADING:   

  • Minute Papers/Attendance 10%  
  • 3 Film/Art-Exhibit Reviews 15%  
  • Project Proposal & Annotated Bibliography 20%  
  • Midterm Exam 20%  
  • Final Exam 15%  
  • Final Project 20%

WGS 301 • Intro To Latinx Body Art

44695 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 206
CD (also listed as MAS 319)

Guided by the idea that the human body is a “mobile canvas” (Santos 2009), this course examines the social, emotional, economic, and commercial contexts influencing the production, display and circulation of Latinx body art. We will investigate how people tell personal stories to public audiences through their bodies.  Class topics include: Nail Art & Artists, Cholafied and the Arch of the Eyebrow, My Tía’s Gold Tacones, Latinx-Butch Style, Cholo-Goth Aesthetics, TransForming Latinx Bodies, and many more.  Students will be graded on weekly reading quizzes, personal style-journals, and a final project.

MAS 361 • Mexican Amer Cul Studies Smnr

40350 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GWB 1.130
CDWr

A seminar for advanced undergraduates to hone reading and writing skills for graduate study. We will cover a range of materials  focusing on Mexican American and Latinx Cultural Studies Theories with emphasis on the politics of cultural production in the 21st century.  Students will complete independent research projects that include ethnographic field methods, media studies, archival work and more.

MAS 392 • Marketing Latinidad

40490 • Spring 2019
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GWB 1.138

Public perceptions of Latinx peoples in the United Sates are impacted by mass media representations in commercial media.  Exploring  the imaginary of consumer citizenship, we will examine  commercials, films, art, and other specialized social media outlets to respond to the questions: Who is the ideal Latinx consumer citizen created produced and courted through mass marketing strategies? And, how does a framework of social belonging through consumer expenditure offer a different vantage point through which to imagine social and cultural integration into US society?

AMS 370 • Latina/O Spirituality

31215 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM GWB 1.130
CDIIWr (also listed as MAS 374, R S 346)

DESCRIPTION: 

This course introduces students to the religious and spiritual practices of diverse Latina/o populations living in the United States. Students will work with primary and secondary texts, ethnographic film and museum exhibitions to examine the diverse ways in which Latina/o communities’ create spiritual meaning in their lives. It will examine the religious and spiritual practices from the vantage point of transition and change as a way of understanding larger aspects of cultural and social change within 21st century U.S. Latina/o publics. This course incorporates materials and theoretical approaches relevant to multiple diasporic Latina/o communities including Afro Latino and Indigenous migrant communities. Students will learn about the diverse aspects of Latina/o spiritual, from the history of Latina/o Catholicism, to influences of West African ritual, to the rise of Latina/o Muslim conversion in the United States. It will expressly look at cultural productions from the vantage points of gender and race politics, and incorporate the spiritual tradition of women, queer communities, and various “othered” Latina/o identifying community members.

TEXTS: 

  • Aponte, Edward David. 2012. Santo!: Varieties of Latina/o Spirituality. New York: Orbis.  
  • Baez, Edward J. "Spirituality and the Gay Latino Client." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 4, no. 2 (1996): 69-81.  
  • Daniel, Yvonne. 2005. Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble. Urbana: University of Illinois Press Otero, Solimar. 2014.  
  • Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas. Albany: State University of New York Press.  
  • Perez, Laura E. 2007. Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities. Durham: Duke University Press  
  • Rodriguez, Roberto C. 2014. Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas. Tucson: University of Arizona Press  
  • Romero Cash, Marie. 1998. Living Shrines: Home Altars of New Mexico. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press

GRADING:   

  • Minute Papers/Attendance 10%  
  • 3 Film/Art-Exhibit Reviews 15%  
  • Project Proposal & Annotated Bibliography 20%  
  • Midterm Exam 20%  
  • Final Exam 15%  
  • Final Project 20%

ANT 310L • Mex Amer/Lat Folk Across Us

30740 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CMA 5.190
Wr

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MAS 361 • Mexican Amer Cul Studies Smnr

35625 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GWB 1.138
CDWr

A seminar for advanced undergraduates to hone reading and writing skills for graduate study. We will cover a range of materials  focusing on Mexican American and Latinx Cultural Studies Theories with emphasis on the politics of cultural production in the 21st century.  Students will complete independent research projects that include ethnographic field methods, media studies, archival work and more.

ANT 310L • Mex Amer/Lat Folk Across Us

31215 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CMA 5.190
CDWr (also listed as MAS 319)

This is an introductory course to the field of Folklore and ethnography among U.S. Latina/o communities. Folklore is the study of artistic communication in everyday life  and gaining meaning through its connections the contemporary and  historical contexts of its artists' communities. This course will introduce students to the form and function of basic genres of folklore study that take the form of verbal and material artistry.

These genres include, but are not limited to: Folk Speech, Jokes, Riddles, Narratives, Festivals, Food Culture, Religion and Spirituality, Body Art and Material Culture.

This course examines  the use of everyday artistry  amongst regional  U.S. Latino communities. As a group, students will be asked to discuss the similarities and  variations  of Latino cultural communities across the United  States  through their expressive traditions. These will include discussions of such communities as Mexican Americans across the Southwest, Dominican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, Midwestern Latinos and transnational Latino migrants in the New  South. The examination of everyday artistry will illustrate the process by which U.S. Latina/o communities express their Latino identities differently based on experiences of race, class, region  and migration  experiences. It will further shed light on larger national  (mis)understandings of U.S. Latina/a communities as socially unified, but not culturally homogenous communities of exiles, migrants, nationals, citizens and refugee Americans.

Tentative Grading Policy:

  • Minute papers: 5%
  • Field Write-Ups: 10%
  • Unit Reivew Essays: 25%
  • Writing Meeting: 5%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Final Exam: 15%
  • Final Collection Portfolio: 20%

MAS 361 • Mexican Amer Cul Studies Smnr

36085 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CMA 5.190
CDWr

A seminar for advanced undergraduates to hone reading and writing skills for graduate study. We will cover a range of materials  focusing on Mexican American and Latinx Cultural Studies Theories with emphasis on the politics of cultural production in the 21st century.  Students will complete independent research projects that include ethnographic field methods, media studies, archival work and more.

MAS 361 • Mexican Amer Cul Studies Smnr

35255 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.212
CDWr

A seminar for advanced undergraduates to hone reading and writing skills for graduate study. We will cover a range of materials  focusing on Mexican American and Latinx Cultural Studies Theories with emphasis on the politics of cultural production in the 21st century.  Students will complete independent research projects that include ethnographic field methods, media studies, archival work and more.

MAS 390 • Intro To Mexican Amer Studies

35250 • Fall 2015
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM CMA 3.134

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WGS 335 • Latina/O Spirituality

46030 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GAR 1.126
CDIIWr (also listed as AMS 370, MAS 374, R S 346)

FLAGS:   CD  |  Wr  |  II

DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces students to the religious and spiritual practices of diverse Latina/o populations living in the United States. Students will work with primary and secondary texts, ethnographic film and museum exhibitions to examine the diverse ways in which Latina/o communities’ create spiritual meaning in their lives. It will examine the religious and spiritual practices from the vantage point of transition and change as a way of understanding larger aspects of cultural and social change within 21st century U.S. Latina/o publics. This course incorporates materials and theoretical approaches relevant to multiple diasporic Latina/o communities including Afro Latino and Indigenous migrant communities. Students will learn about the diverse aspects of Latina/o spiritual, from the history of Latina/o Catholicism, to influences of West African ritual, to the rise of Latina/o Muslim conversion in the United States. It will expressly look at cultural productions from the vantage points of gender and race politics, and incorporate the spiritual tradition of women, queer communities, and various “othered” Latina/o identifying community members.

TEXT:

Aponte, Edward David. 2012. Santo!: Varieties of Latina/o Spirituality. New York: Orbis.

Baez, Edward J. "Spirituality and the Gay Latino Client." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 4, no. 2 (1996): 69-81.

Daniel, Yvonne. 2005. Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble. Urbana: University of Illinois Press Otero, Solimar. 2014.

Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Perez, Laura E. 2007. Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities. Durham: Duke University Press

Rodriguez, Roberto C. 2014. Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas. Tucson: University of Arizona Press

Romero Cash, Marie. 1998. Living Shrines: Home Altars of New Mexico. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press

GRADING:

Minute Papers/Attendance 10%

3 Film/Art-Exhibit Reviews 15%

Project Proposal & Annotated Bibliography 20%

Midterm Exam 20%

Final Exam 15%

Final Project 20%

ANT 310L • Mex Amer/Lat Folk Across Us

30599 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM JES A203A
CDWr (also listed as MAS 319)

This is an introductory course to the field of Folklore and ethnography among U.S. Latina/o communities. Folklore is the study of artistic communication in everyday life  and gaining meaning through its connections the contemporary and  historical contexts of its artists' communities. This course will introduce students to the form and function of basic genres of folklore study that take the form of verbal and material artistry.

These genres include, but are not limited to: Folk Speech, Jokes, Riddles, Narratives, Festivals, Food Culture, Religion and Spirituality, Body Art and Material Culture.

This course examines  the use of everyday artistry  amongst regional  U.S. Latino communities. As a group, students will be asked to discuss the similarities and  variations  of Latino cultural communities across the United  States  through their expressive traditions. These will include discussions of such communities as Mexican Americans across the Southwest, Dominican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, Midwestern Latinos and transnational Latino migrants in the New  South. The examination of everyday artistry will illustrate the process by which U.S. Latina/o communities express their Latino identities differently based on experiences of race, class, region  and migration  experiences. It will further shed light on larger national  (mis)understandings of U.S. Latina/a communities as socially unified, but not culturally homogenous communities of exiles, migrants, nationals, citizens and refugee Americans.

Tentative Grading Policy:

  • Minute papers: 5%
  • Field Write-Ups: 10%
  • Unit Reivew Essays: 25%
  • Writing Meeting: 5%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Final Exam: 15%
  • Final Collection Portfolio: 20%

MAS 361 • Mexican Amer Cul Studies Smnr

35424 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CMA 5.190
CDWr

DESCRIPTION:

In this course, students will engage with methods, theories and applications of cultural studies.  We will explore the ideas of cultures-­?in-­?practice and culture-­?as-­?practice to engage with multiple authors and discourses about U.S. Latina/o communities.  Together will problematize how ideologies about communities as subjects and objects of inquiry are reified through the academic “creative” process and at the same time show how community-­?scholars work to reclaim voice through counter discourses that take shape as written works and multi-­?platform performance-­?texts.

 

TEXTS:

All articles and chapter excerpts will be made available on CANVAS.

There are 3 required texts to purchase:

  • Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altaraties by Laura E. Perez (Digital copy available through UT Library)
  • Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora by Lawrence La Fountain-­?Stokes (Digital copy available through UT Library)
  • WeWill Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History and Yoeme Performances by David Delgado Shorter
  • WomenWriting Culture edited by Ruth Behar (OPTIONAL)

 

GRADING:

Participation                       20%

Précises                             30%

Research Project                  50%

            Proposal                                   5%

            Annotated Bibliography                10%

            Interview Review                        5%

            Peer Review Worksheet                5%

            Presentation                              5%

            Final Draft                                20%

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