Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging

Our Closing Conference is Almost Here!!!

Performing Latina/o/x Futurity

March 26-27, 2021; entirely online.

In this closing conference for the Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar, seven invited scholars of Latina/o/x studies help wrap-up the ongoing conversation about “Imagining Latinidades.” We make the turn to practices of performing and imaging Latinidades now and into the future by inviting leading scholars in the fields of Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Cultural Studies, and Latina/o/x Studies to participate in a closing conference. One set of speakers will discuss Latina/o/x cultural production that complicates and rejects homogenizing tendencies of Latino identity formation for alternative community formations.

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Friday, March 26
(all times are Central Time)

10:00-10:50am John Mckiernan-González
  “Essential/Disposable: A Medical History”
11:00-11:50am Gaye Theresa Johnson
  “Refusing Dehumanization, Insisting on Our Humanity: Freedom-Making Under a ‘New’ Security Establishment”
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:50pm Ramón Rivera-Servera
  “Living Lakes: Performing Latinx and Black History”
2:00-2:50pm Catherine S. Ramírez
  “Toward a Post-Undocumented Future”
3:00-4:00pm Roundtable Discussion with Johnson, McKiernan-González, Ramírez, & Rivera-Servera

Saturday, March 27
(all times are Central Time)

10:00-10:50am Cathryn Merla-Watson
  “The Apocalyptic and Spiritual Activism in Queer Chicana Performance”
11:00-11:50am Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
  “Transloca(l) Poetics: Que(e)ring Mucho, Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado”
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:50pm Richard T. Rodríguez
  “Latin/o American Party: Latin Freestyle’s Transatlantic Touch”
2:00-3:00pm Roundtable Discussion with La Fountain-Stokes, Merla-Watson, & Rodríguez