Job Alert: Northern Arizona University

Dear readers, the Department of History at Northern Arizona University has launched a job search to fill a tenure-track position in Native American or Indigenous History. The successful candidate would enter at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning next fall. S/he will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses as well as develop scholarship that contributes to “indigenous histories in a global context.”

The major themes of study the department specializes in are “Global/Comparative history; Environment & Health; Colonialism and Nationalism; Class, Race, & Ethnicity; Gender & Sexuality; and Public History.” Candidates whose work can address aspects of these topics will have preference in the hiring process.

A PhD must be completed by August 2017. Salary range is $54,000-$58,000, depending on experience. Although the position will remain open until filled, the review of applications begins on October 24, 2016.

For more information, or to apply, follow the link.

 

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Gender and Intimacy Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Conference

web_bannerCheck out the schedule for this fantastic conference presented by the University of California Santa Barbara!

September 30-October 1, 2016

For more information contact:

Miroslava Chávez-Garcia, Ph.D.

Email: mchavezgarcia@history.ucsb.edu

Tel: 530-219-3933

September 30, 2016
5:00-5:15 pm: Welcome & Introduction, Sharon Farmer, Chair & Professor, History
5:15-6:00 pm: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Alexandra M. Stern, Professor of American Culture, Women’s Studies, History, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan.
6:00-8:00 pm: Catered Dinner & Informal Discussion
October 1, 2016
8:00-8:45 am: Coffee, Tea, and Light Refreshments
8:45-9:00 am: Welcome & Introductions, Miroslava Chávez-Garcia & Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

Session I
9:00-10:30 am: Cultural Studies, Media, & Personal Narratives in Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Laura Barraclough, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Yale University, “Charro Masculinity in Motion: Gender, Sexuality, and the Family on Hulu’s Los Cowboys”
Juan Llamas-Rodríguez, Ph.D. Candidate, Film & Media, UCSB, “The Familial Ties of the Female NarcoTrafficker”
Jennifer Tyburczy, Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies, UCSB, “Sex Toys after NAFTA: Transnational Class Politics, Erotic Consumerism, and the Economy of Female Pleasure in Mexico City”
Deborah Boehm, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women’s Studies/Gender, Race, and Identity, University of Nevada Reno, “Divided by Citizenship and/or Geography: Partnerships in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”
Commentators: D. Inés Casillas, Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies, UCSB, & Leisy Abrego, Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
Audience: Comment

Session II
10:45 am-12:15 pm: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gender, Marriage, and Intimacy in 20th-Century U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Celeste Menchaca, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History, Texas Christian University, “Staging Crossings: Policing and Performing Difference at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1906-1917”
Marla A. Ramírez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology and Sexuality Studies, SFSU, “Transnational Gender Formations: A Banished U.S. Citizen Woman Negotiates Motherhood & Marriage Across the U.S.-Mexico Border”
Jane Lily López, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, UCSD, “Together and Apart: Mixed-Citizenship Couples in the Mexican Border Region”
Commentators: Denise Segura, Professor, Sociology, UCSB, & Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, Assistant Professor, History, UCSB
Audience: Comment
Lunch Break: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Session III
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Contesting Gender, Family, and Marriage in the 19th-Century U.S.-Borderlands
Margie Brown-Coronel, Assistant Professor, History, CSU, Fullerton, “History Makers in the Borderlands: Josefa Del Valle and Legacy Building in California, 1880 to 1940”
Amy Langford, Ph.D. Candidate, History, American University, “Saints on the Border: Plural Marriage and the Contest for Authority in the Mormon Colonies of Mexico, 1885 to 1915”
Erika Pérez, Assistant Professor, History, University of Arizona, “The Zamorano-Daltons and the Unevenness of U.S. Conquest in California: A Borderland Family at the Turn of the 20th Century”
Commentators: James Brooks, Professor, History & Anthropology, UCSB, & Miroslava Chávez-García, Professor, History, UCSB
Audience: Comment
3:00-3:15 pm: Concluding Remarks & Publishing Timeline
Miroslava Chávez-García, Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, & Marc Rodríguez, Editor, Pacific Historical Review

 

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Peyote and the Racialized War on Drugs

In an article  published in the Christian Century blog (here), Lisa Barnett, Ordained Minister (Christian Church, Disciples of Christ) and PhD candidate in U.S. history at Texas Christian University, discusses some of her dissertation research which looks at the ritual use of peyote by the Native American Church. Of special interest to borderlands scholars, Barnett’s research addresses how in the late nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries, a commercialized peyote trade developed along the U.S.-Mexican border connecting merchants in the borderlands region of the Rio Grande to a variety of Indian tribes residing in Oklahoma and Indian Territories. In this article she examines how peyote became criminalized because of its perceived threat to Christianizing Native Americans.

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                                     New York Times, 1923

Barnett writes:

“The mild hallucinogen, derived from the top of a cactus growing in the Rio Grande area, became the basis of a new American Indian religion in the late 19th century. As the peyote religion quickly spread throughout Oklahoma Territory to other tribes in the western half of the U.S., white missionaries and government officials became alarmed. In their zero-sum mindset, they viewed Peyotism as a threat to their efforts to Christianize the Native American peoples.”

Read this fascinating article at the Christian Century blog, linked here.

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Job Alert: Smith College, Assistant Professor (2/2)

Dear readers, the Department of English Language & Literature at Smith College in Northampton, MA, has launched a job search for Assistant Professor in the Program for Study of Women and Gender (SWG). It’s a wide call, but they are particularly interested in scholars of contemporary Latinx Studies and Native and Indigenous studies, among other disciplines. The position is tenure track with a 2/2 teaching load split between the English department and SWG.

From the post:

Successful candidates will demonstrate command of key methodological and theoretical perspectives in both gender studies and literary studies. We are particularly interested in candidates who work in women of color feminisms, Native and indigenous studies, Arab American and Latin@/x Studies; comparative work is welcome. Desirable additional fields or areas of strength include critical race theory, queer theory, drama and performance. We expect the successful candidate to have excellent preparation in literary texts from the twentieth century (and after), and interdisciplinary graduate training and teaching experience in women and gender studies. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is expected by the time of appointment.

For more information, or to apply, follow the link.

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Film Notes: Dread and Despair in Desierto

Desierto (2016) is a kind of horror story, and one seemingly tailor-made for this overheated US presidential election. As the Republican candidate has stoked xenophobia and recently delivered an angry speech in Arizona, this film—although imperfectly—illustrates how violence can occur when a whole group of people are denied their humanity.

Written and directed by Jonás Cuarón, Desierto tells the story of undocumented immigrants attempting to cross into the United States. It shines light on a small fragment of a much larger history of immigration in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. From the Mexican Revolution, which saw thousands cross into the United States to escape violence, to the forced repatriation programs that the U.S. government carried out in the Great Depression, it is a history marked by individual and communal hardship. Looking further into the twentieth century, this sense of Mexican labor  as “cheap,” with workers seen as “disposable” (a subtext to the film) can be traced to the Bracero program (1942-1964), and later to the heavy economic impact of NAFTA on rural Mexican communities in the 1990s.

The film opens on a long, slow panoramic view of the Arizona-Sonora desert. A wood-panel truck carrying the immigrants stops, unable to go further. The coyotes, including one played by Diego Cataño, orders the group out to begin the rest of the trek on foot. The audience follows the story from the perspective of Moises (Gael García Bernal), who was hoping to reunite with him family after having been arrested and deported for a minor traffic violation.

Unknown to this group, a monster lurks in this desert. The audience receives its first glimpses of the villain, Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), driving in a pick-up truck, listening to country music. Attached to the back bumper of the vehicle is a dusty, yellow “don’t’ tread on me” sticker. Along with his trusty dog Tracker, Sam patrols the sparse landscape, while downing hefty amounts of whisky. At one moment, he stops to chat with a Border patrol officer. After traveling deeper into the remote landscape, he comes across the small group of immigrants exhausted under the hot sun. From a distance, he takes position and with a rifle, takes aim.

It is at this moment the viewer realizes that Desierto is something very different from the quite, brooding film that opened. With a sparse script that has the actors showing their emotions on-screen more than talking through the scenes, what follows is a brutal and violent narrative. Like any horror film, the monster decimates the group with a series of swift blows, and then slowly and methodically hunts down the desperate survivors. It is bloody business, made harder to watch given the cruelty of the act. Morgan, with only a handful of words spoken during the entire film, dominates the screen and leaves one with a deep sense of dread as he prowls further into this ugly massacre.

Countering Morgan’s villainy, García Bernal delivers a strong performance. It acknowledges the desperate ordeal his character is in, while also finding a deeper strength as he tries to escape with another immigrant, Adela (Alondra Hidalgo). What ensues is a taut cat-and-mouse game across the rocky, arid landscape. The desert cinematography is captivating, and plays its own part in setting the feel of the film’s atmosphere for the audience. It is a beautiful background for what is otherwise an unrelentingly dark and violent story.

Ultimately, Desierto remains uncomfortable and deeply disturbing throughout much of its 90-minute length. Given the fraught politics of race and identity, as well as the everyday violence witnessed in communities in the United States and Mexico, the film’s exaggerated premise still felt a little too real. With its loose script, the director also leaves much of the interpretation up to the audience. We know that what Morgan’s Sam is doing is wrong, and we know that García Bernal’s Moises is the hero, but many of the scenes haunted me long after I’d left the theater. Perhaps, that was Cuarón’s intent.

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Desierto premiered in France and Mexico in April 2016. It will be out in US theaters in October.

Lina Murillo helped with the editing of this review. 

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Job Alert: Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount

Dear readers, we missed this announcement from a few weeks ago, but wanted to make you are aware of it just in case. Loyola Marymount University’s Department of Chicana/o Studies is conducting a search for two candidates, one who will enter the faculty as an assistant professor and the other as an associate professor. The positions are scheduled to begin by August 2017.

For the position of associate professor, the department is looking for individuals with a PhD in social sciences or a related interdisciplinary field. They are particularly interested in scholars from the fields of Psychology, Economics, Urban Studies, Environmental studies, and Sociology. The preferred candidates must “have a demonstrated ability to teach a variety of courses in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies that include quantitative research methods at the introductory undergraduate level, though candidates who use and can teach qualitative methods also are encouraged to apply.”

For the position of assistant professor, the department is seeking applicants who have completed a PhD by the time of hire with experience in comparative ethnic studies. This call for candidates is open in terms of discipline.

The teaching load is 2-2-2-3 spread across two years for tenure-track faculty. Also, from the announcement:

To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applicants will begin immediately, with a final application deadline of November 1, 2016 or until filled. Application materials (in pdf format) should be emailed to CHSTFacultySearch@lmu.edu (preferred) or to mailing address:

Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson, Ph.D., Chair

Department of Chicana/o Studies

Loyola Marymount University

1 LMU Drive, Suite 4700

Los Angeles, CA  90045

For more information about LMU or the positions, visit the announcement page at H-Net.

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A conversation with Marc Simon Rodriguez, author of “Rethinking the Chicano Movement” (Routledge, 2015)

In Rethinking the Chicano Movement (Routledge, 2015), Marc Simon Rodriguez surveys some of the most recent scholarship on the Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement, situating the struggle within the broader context of the 1960s and 1970s, and assessing its ethos and legacy. Illustrating the movement’s national scope, Dr. Rodriguez highlights: electoral activism in Crystal City Texas, the Farmworker Movement in the California’s San Joaquin Valley, community and educational reform efforts in Denver and Los Angeles, and the rise of Chicano media and arts throughout urban and rural communities across the country. Whereas previous generations of scholars sought to distance the Chicana/o mobilizations from the Mexican Americanist movement of the 30s, 40s, 50s, and early 60s, Rodriguez correctly asserts that El Movimiento blended practical reformist goals with a militant ethos. Youthful in character, determined to establish community control, and impatient for change, Rodriguez concludes that The Movement’s ultimate legacy was indeed profound as it established “the infrastructure to accommodate the Latino demographic revolution of the late twentieth century.”

Listen to the full conversation at the New Books in Latino Studies website, or subscribe and download via iTunes or Stitcher.

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CFP: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association has launched a call for paper for it’s ninth annual meeting, which will occur in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 22-24, 2017. The organizers are accepting proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and film screenings. Submissions of a broad range of diverse and interdisciplinary scholarly topics are encouraged.  More from the announcement:

All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. Proposals are welcome from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field. We especially encourage proposals relating to Indigenous community-driven scholarship.

Visit NAISA’s conference website for additional information, including how to apply.

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Job Alert: American Studies, CSU Fullerton

Dear readers, the Department of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton has launched a job search for two positions at the assistant professor rank to join the faculty in August 2017. The announcement is open to a wide range of scholars, including specialists in borderlands studies.

The individuals hired will need to be able to teach courses on American Studies Theory and Methods to undergraduate and advanced students. They must also show effective teaching experience and be able to teach American culture from a historical context. Dedication to scholarship and service are important. The deadline to submit an application is September 23, 2016.

For more information, or to apply, follow the link.

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Pedagogy Notes: Teaching North American Borderlands History Online

This is the third and final installment in our summer pedagogy series. We invite you to join the discussion in our comments section at the bottom of the post.

This past summer, I taught an upper-division/graduate readings course on North American Borderlands History online for Western New Mexico University. Teaching history online presents unique opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, digital tools as simple as LMS assignment submission systems and email provide direct lines of communication with students that don’t always exist as readily in face-to-face settings where assignment feedback can often be somewhat one sided. The challenge is that although I have more direct and interactive means of discussing assignments and course concepts with students in the online classroom, they often fail to engage those opportunities.

In order to make online teaching feel less like a correspondence course, I assign Twitter, blogging, and an online timeline platform at tiki-toki.com to engage students in unique assignments that require them to use their skills of critically analyzing and discussing the monographs, articles, and primary sources that we are working on as a class. Continue reading

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