Latinx Communities Organize and Resist

“Dissent in the Post-Truth Era: Latinx Communities Organize and Resist,” coordinated by the indefatigable anthropologist Pat Zavella, sets the pace for our panels at the 2017 AAA meetings. This executive session (Thursday morning) features scholarship grounded in a commitment to doing anthropology in solidarity with the communities we work with as researchers, activists, and partners in social justice struggles. We gather in Zavella’s spirit of resistance to celebrate how her work has challenged and reshaped ethnographic discourses and methodologies over the past forty years in two panels on Saturday morning. Another way to honor Zavella’s contribution to anthropology is to attend our business meeting on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Marriott Coolidge Room.

Zavella, thank you for making anthropology a more enlightened field of study and creating homeplaces for Latina/o/x scholars in anthropology. ALLA is one such homeplace, and given that 2017 has been a particularly tough year, please join our events and panels as we find inspiration, solace, and solidarity together. Wake up early and caffeinate because ALLA has 8:00 a.m. panels on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

Steve Kurtz’s photograph of Miriam Greenberg, Jennifer Gonzales, Herman Gray, Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Pat Zavella, and Arlene Davila. Pat Zavella

Wednesday, November 29

2:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
(2-0405) Detained on Trumped-Up Charges: Migrants and the Ascendant U.S. Security-State 
Deborah A. Boehm – University of Nevada, Reno; Sarah B. Horton – University of Colorado, Denver; Ruth M. Gomberg-Munoz – Loyola University Chicago; Deborah A. Boehm – University of Nevada, Reno; Sarah B. Horton – University of Colorado, Denver; Ruth M. Gomberg-Munoz – Loyola University Chicago; Josiah Heyman – University of Texas, El Paso; Jonathan Xavier Inda – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Angela Stuesse – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Daniel M. Goldstein – Rutgers University; Susan C. Bibler Coutin – University of California, Irvine

 

Thursday, November 30

8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Executive Session
(3-0125) Dissent in the Post-Truth Era: Latinx Communities Organize and Resist
Patricia Zavella – University of California, Santa Cruz; Gina M. Perez – Oberlin College; Ana Aparicio – Northwestern University; Arlene Davila – New York University; Patricia Zavella – University of California, Santa Cruz; Andrea Bolivar – Washington University, St Louis; Alex E. Chávez – University of Notre Dame; Leo R. Chavez – University of California, Irvine; Gina M. Perez – Oberlin College; Miguel Diaz-Barriga – University of Texas, Rio Grande

8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
(3-0040) The Disenchanted Island: Crisis, Debt, and Other Recent Manifestations of Colonialism in Puerto Rico
Ismael Garcia-Colon – College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, CUNY; Hilda Llorens – University of Rhode Island; Isar Pilar Godreau – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey; Rima Brusi – Lehman College, CUNY; Lisa Figueroa-Jahn – CUNY, Graduate Center; Ismael Garcia-Colon – College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, CUNY; Carlos G. Garcia-Quijano – University of Rhode Island; Isar Pilar Godreau – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey; Sarah Molinari – CUNY, Graduate Center; Hilda Llorens – University of Rhode Island

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
(3-0270) Critical Anthropological Investigations of Informal Educational Processes in Latinx Communities
Carlos Martínez-Cano – University of Pennsylvania; Carlos Martínez-Cano – University of Pennsylvania; Cindy Cruz – University of California, Santa Cruz; Patricia D. Lopez – San Jose State University; Carlos Martínez-Cano – University of Pennsylvania; Jennifer R. Najera – University of California, Riverside; Silvia C. Nogueron-Liu – University of Colorado, Boulder; Brenda L. Sendejo – Southwestern University

4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
(3-1135) Migration, Media, and the Politics of Representation
Sevda Arslan – University of Notre Dame; Nobuko Adachi – Illinois State University; Santiago I. Guerra – Colorado College; David Ansari – The University of Chicago; Nadeen M. Thomas – Sarah Lawrence College; Jelena Jankovic – University of Notre Dame; Adam Kersch – University of California, Davis; Elanah M. Uretsky – Brandeis University; Anar Parikh – Brown University; Balmurli Natrajan – William Paterson University of New Jersey

4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
(3-1225) Do Black and Brown Lives Matter to Anthropology?: Race, Bodies, and Context
Vanessa J. Diaz – Dartmouth College; John L. Jackson – University of Pennsylvania; John L. Jackson – University of Pennsylvania; Norma Mendoza-Denton – University of California, Los Angeles; Aimee M. Cox – Yale University; Jonathan D. Rosa – Stanford University; Vanessa J. Diaz – Dartmouth College

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
(3-1270) ALLA Board Meeting
ALLA Off-Site Social Event to be announced at meeting

2016 Business Meeting. Iris Lopez

 

Friday, December 1

8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
(4-0150) World of Walls: Why are we Building New Barriers to Divide Us?
Randall H. McGuire – Binghamton University, State University of New York; Randall H. McGuire – Binghamton University, State University of New York; Dimitris Papadopoulos – Western Michigan University; Amahl A. Bishara – Tufts Anthropology; Margaret E. Dorsey and Miguel Díaz-Barriga – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Ieva Jusionyte – Harvard University; Kostis Kourelis – Franklin & Marshall College; Rachael Kiddey – Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford; Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores – Rutgers University; Yannis Hamilakis – Brown University; Yannis Hamilakis – Brown University

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
(4-0380) Engaged Anthropology with Undocumented and Immigrant Students in the Trump Era
Kristin E. Yarris – University of Oregon; Whitney L. Duncan – University of Northern Colorado; Lynn M. Stephen – University of Oregon; Kristin E. Yarris – University of Oregon; Mariela Nunez-Janes – University of North Texas; Lauren D. Heidbrink – California State University, Long Beach; Whitney L. Duncan – University of Northern Colorado; Margarita S. Salas Crespo – Children’s Advocacy Alliance; Wendy A. Vogt – Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis; J.C. Salyer – Barnard College, Columbia University; Heide Castaneda – University of South Florida

2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
(4-0815) #NoBanNoMuro/SanctuaryForAll: Local and Transborder Resistance to Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Muslim Policies in Trump’s America
Almita Abigayl Miranda – Brown University; Gina M. Perez – Oberlin College; Aimee M. Villarreal – Our Lady of the Lake University; Diane Rachel Garbow – Temple University; Kimberly Seibel – Wayne State University; Almita Abigayl Miranda – Brown University; Ruth M. Gomberg-Munoz – Loyola University Chicago

2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
(4-0880) Latinx Teachers in Multiple Contexts: Exploring their Cultural Resources, Testimonios, and Activism
Patricia Sanchez – University of Texas at San Antonio; Patricia Sanchez – University of Texas at San Antonio; Dorothy Wall – California State University, Chico; Jorge L. Solis – University of Texas, San Antonio; P. Zitlali Morales – University of Illinois at Chicago; Vanessa M. Sandoval – University of Texas at San Antonio; Lucila D. Ek – University of Texas at San Antonio

4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
(4-1140) War at Home: The Militarization of Everyday Life
Steven L. Gardiner – University of Louisville; Steven L. Gardiner – University of Louisville; Steven L. Gardiner – University of Louisville; Ellen Moore – University of California, Berkeley; Christopher Matthew Webb – Duke University; Jose N. Vasquez – John Jay College, CUNY; Estefania Ponti – CUNY, Graduate Center; Kiersten H. Downs – Department of Veterans Affairs; Gina M. Perez – Oberlin College

7:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.
(4-1315) ALLA Business Meeting

7:45 p.m.–10:15 p.m.
ABA-AFA-AFAA-ALLA-AQA-SANA-SAW Reception – Omni Shoreham Diplomat Ballroom

 

Saturday, December 2

8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
(5-0030) Thirty Years of Latino Ethnography: Patricia Zavella’s Influence in Anthropology and Beyond (Part 1)
Gina M. Perez – Oberlin College; Lourdes Gutierrez Najera – Drake University; Leo R. Chavez – University of California, Irvine; Louise Lamphere – University of New Mexico; Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez – Arizona State University; Iris Lopez – City College, CUNY; Arlene Davila – New York University; Lynn M. Stephen – University of Oregon

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
(5-0370) Thirty Years of Latino Ethnography: Patricia Zavella’s Influence in Anthropology and Beyond (Part 2)
Lourdes Gutierrez Najera – Drake University; Gina M. Perez – Oberlin College; Deborah R. Vargas – University of California, Riverside; Maylei Blackwell – University of California, Los Angeles; Xochitl C. Chavez – University of California, Riverside; Anne M. Rios-Rojas – Colgate University; Kati Barahona-Lopez – University of California, Santa Cruz; Christa Craven – College of Wooster; Patricia Zavella – University of California, Santa Cruz

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
(5-0350) Bienestar: Transition and Wellbeing amongst Mexican-origin Farmworkers
Lisa Meierotto – Boise State University; Teresa M. Mares – University of Vermont; Rebecca L. Som Castellano – Boise State University; Emilia M. Guevara – University of Maryland, College Park; Jennifer A. Cook – Southern Methodist University; Susie Donaldson – West Virginia University; Teresa M. Mares – University of Vermont; Lisa Meierotto – Boise State University; Seth Holmes – University of California, Berkeley

12:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
(5-0675) Roundtable Discussion of Activist-Scholarship (An ALLA Mentoring Event)
Maria L. Cruz-Torres – Arizona State University; Jonathan Xavier Inda – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Elaine A. Pena – George Washington University; Jonathan D. Rosa – Stanford University

2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
(5-0865) Ethnic Studies Matter
Yarimar Bonilla – Rutgers University; Jonathan D. Rosa – Stanford University; Yarimar Bonilla – Rutgers University; Nelson Maldonado-Torres – Rutgers University, New Brunswick; Lisa Marie Cacho – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Patrick Johnson – Northwestern University; Lisa Lowe – Tufts University; Jasbir Purar – Rutgers University

 

Sunday, December 3

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
(6-0300) Art, Activism, and Anthropology: Engaging with Sensory/Sensible Politics
Manuela Pellegrino – Brunel University; Giovanna Parmigiani – Harvard University; Giovanna Parmigiani – Harvard University; Mariela Nunez-Janes – University of North Texas; Manuela Pellegrino – Brunel University; Giovanna Parmigiani – Harvard University; Laurian R. Bowles – Davidson College; Jessica Santos – Binghamton University; Beth Uzwiak – University of Pennsylvania; Laurian R. Bowles – Davidson College

Jennifer Najera is associate professor at University of California, Riverside and the acting chair of the ALLA Program Committee.

Gina Perez is president of ALLA and professor of anthropology at Oberlin.

Margaret Dorsey (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, [email protected]) and Aimee Villarreal (Our Lady of the Lake University, [email protected]) are the contributing editors for the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists.

Cite as: Najera, Jennifer, Gina Perez, Margaret Dorsey, and Aimee Villarreal. 2017. “Latinx Communities Organize and Resist.” Anthropology News website, November 28, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.716

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