NYU Department of English, 244 Greene St
Event Space (Room 105)
October 2nd, 2017 12.30-2pm
Political movements in Mexico and Latin America during the “long 1960s" inspired a Chicana/o Left politics that created nuanced and politically astute forms of international solidarity. Beyond Solidarity focuses on the stories of political teatristas, feminists, gunrunners, labor organizers, poets, journalists, ex-prisoners, and other revolutionaries that saw themselves as part of a larger hemispheric and global political community. This political perspective led them to intentionally look across the borders of the United States, including Native American political struggles, to create connections with movements, artists, and revolutionaries that were anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist. These radical imaginaries were simultaneously generative, contradictory and genealogical.
In dialogue with the postnationalist turn in American studies, the exchanges between Chicana/o and Latina/o studies and Latin American studies, and the highlighting of postnationalist political activity in the 1970s, this research cuts across and sutures ethnic and area studies approaches in the context of state violence, geopolitics, and human rights violations on the one hand, and political movements, cultural politics, and solidarity on the other.
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