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.”
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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.
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
The deadline for submissions to the second UTEP Borderlands History conference is approaching: September 23. The organizers invite scholars to send in proposals for individual papers and panels of 3-4 participants on a wide range of topics related to the study of borderlands. From the conference description:
This year’s theme, Shifting Borders: Gender, Family, and Community, encourages scholars of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to explore the myriad ways social norms have been constructed, have changed over time, and have been influenced by the unique opportunities, obstacles, and paradoxes of la frontera. This inquiry into the lives of borderlanders, though not new, is today flourishing in novel ways. Since at least the late 1970s, borderlands scholars have blended social historical approaches with borderlands history to describe the lived experiences of borderlands people. More recently, the field has shifted toward the construction of identity in the borderlands, drawing on new approaches to race and gender and paving the way for new lines of research, including new interest in communities and families. Since then, scholars have applied the tools of women’s studies and cultural history to borderlands history.
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Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo
Brett Hendrickson (New York and London: NYU Press, 2014)
Review by Jennifer Koshatka Seman
As students and scholars of the borderlands, we seek innovative literature and approaches to the field that can broaden not only our perspectives, but those of our students as well. Border Medicine: A Transcultural History Mexican American Curanderismo is such a book. In Border Medicine, religious studies scholar Brett Hendrickson examines the Mexican faith healing practice, curanderismo. This practice is often associated with the U.S.-Mexico borderlands because of the presence of ethnic Mexicans in this region who practice it or believe in it. Hendrickson’s study of curanderismo sheds light on another facet of the borderlands: that it is about process and hybridity, about the creation of something new… and the sometimes-unintended consequences of this.
Gloria Anzaldúa described the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as “una herida abierta,” an “open wound” created when two nations rub against each other and the less powerful one bleeds. Anzaldúa also described the borderlands as a place where new, hybrid cultural practices and identities are born because of the intersection of different peoples, ideas, and cultures in this space: “And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the life blood of two worlds merging to from a third country – a border culture.” In Border Medicine, Hendrickson addresses the cultural combination that created curanderismo and the ways in which it appeals to a wide audience even beyond the borderlands. He argues that although curanderismo has historically been most closely associated with Mexicans and Mexican Americans, it has always possessed a strong appeal to Anglo Americans. Hendrickson explains, “curanderismo’s intrinsic hybrid nature opens up multiple channels of convergence with other energy-based healing modalities common in American metaphysical religion” (3). Border Medicine illuminates these “channels of convergence.”
Stemming from the 2014 Berlin Border Seminar, the Comparative Research Network has published the first of a two-part special edition of the International Journal of Contemporary Economics and Administrative Sciences,“Implications of Borders on Culture and Economics.” The publication features a wide range of interdisciplinary border studies projects, including one of my own, “Spirit, Transformation, and Gender in Borderlands: A Representative Case Study.” It’s free to access, so check it out here.