Latina/o/x Citizenship and National Belonging

November 8, 2019; Iowa City Public Library

For this one-day symposium — part of our yearlong Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar on “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging” — three speakers will address the ways Latina/o/x communities are integrated into and respond to dominant U.S. political and cultural social practices. Speakers will provide a strong historical foundation, attend to political processes, and draw out some of the less formal ways in which citizenship is imagined and practiced in Latina/o/x contexts. Each speaker will deliver a plenary address, which will be followed by Q&A.

Speakers include the following: Jillian Báez is Associate Professor of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Baez is also the Co-General Editor of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly. Her research specializes in Latinx media and transnational feminisms. Julie Avril Minich is Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Mexican American & Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship operates at the intersection of race, gender, (dis)ability, and health; she is currently completing a new book about compulsory able-bodiedness, Latinx literature, and racial health disparities. Suzanne Oboler is Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York and served as Founding Editor of the academic journal, Latino Studies (2002-2012). Her research considers questions of citizenship in various Latina/o/x contexts.

This event will be held at the Iowa City Public Library and is scheduled to run from 9:00am-4:30pm. The Iowa City Public Library is conveniently located in downtown Iowa City, with nearby parking and bus stops. Please visit the ICPL’s site for more information about how to get there.