Simon Ventura Trujillo
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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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