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Simon Ventura Trujillo
BIS 293
Bothell Campus

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Latina and Latino Multiraciality in the Americas

This course offers students an introduction to the field of Latino/a studies. As a diverse field of study emerging from labor, immigration, indigenous, and student movements for civil rights and decolonization in the Americas in the 1960s and 70s, Latina/o studies represents an important articulation of the interdisciplinary fields of ethnic and cultural studies.

Our course situates Latino/a studies as a negotiation with the overlapping racial hierarchies of the United States and Latin America. And we will approach Latina/o racial formation by emphasizing what Tomas Almaguer calls the "multiracial condition" of Latinos and Latinas in the Americas. This means we will think about "Latina/o" as a category differentiated by region, language, nationality, gender, class, and sexuality. By reading a variety of literary, cinematic, theoretical, historical, and poetic texts, we will pursue an investigation of Latina/o racial formation that emphasizes a framework of comparative racialization.

From this vantage point, we will explore how Latina/o studies offers a critical engagement with the politics of culture, nationalism, whiteness, mestizaje, indigeneity, immigration, social movement practice, colonial violence, and academic knowledge production.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Simon Ventura Trujillo
Date: 06/03/2013