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Fall 2020 Latino Studies Intro Courses

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Sounding Latinidades - Gut Check: Listening to the Lower Sensorium with María Irene Fornés by Dr. Christina León

Often written using the same lessons she gave to her pupils, the plays of María Irene Fornés often sound and move like a free-floating universe unto itself where learning becomes more important than knowing. In her most famous play, Fefu and her Friends, Fornés adapted the structure to its first set in 1977, splitting the audience into four groups in the second act and having each group move backstage into separate rooms to experience four scenes played out simultaneously. In this way, audience members hear sound spills from other scenes that demand we listen to kinetic dialogue that conjures a porously corporeal mise-en-scene. This talk reads Fornés’ privileged tropes of charged nerves and gut feelings which find their matter and force in a fetid biology. Such a visceral pedagogy invites us to truly listen to bodies through the lower sensorium. There we find the creative danger that propels the ethical thrust of her approach to pedagogy which traffics in the murky terrain of unknowing, a lack of intention, and the forms of pathologized embodiment that women endure. Read alongside feminist and Latinx thinking that centers bodies and affect, this paper traces the performative pedagogy of Fefu and her Friends which insists on the willful opacity of carnality tinged with the accent of latinidad. Christina A. León is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. Her research and teaching focus on Latinx, Caribbean, and Hemispheric American literature and aesthetics with critical commitments to feminist theory, queer theory, and performance studies. She is currently completing her first manuscript, entitled Radiant Opacity: Material, Aesthetic, and Ethical Relations in Latinidad.

Christina A. León is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. Her research and teaching focus on Latinx, Caribbean, and Hemispheric American literature and aesthetics with critical commitments to feminist theory, queer theory, and performance studies. She is currently completing her first manuscript, entitled Radiant Opacity: Material, Aesthetic, and Ethical Relations in Latinidad.

The lecture will take place on March 4th, 2020 at 4PM in IMU Maple Room


2019-20 Dávila Award
Student Essay Competition


Call for Submissions!!

Deadline: Friday April 3, 2020

The Latino Studies Program invites submissions for Best Essays on Latina/o/x Literature, Arts & Culture. 

The Dávila Award will be given for the best essay on any aspect of Latino expressive culture, including literature, language, history, music, folklore, visual & performing arts, cinema, and journalism. There are two competitions, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students.

  • The Dávila Award includes a $250 bursar credit.

  • Photo essays also will be considered.

  • Preference will be given to those essays focusing on U.S.-based or transnational Latino communities and cultures.

  • Undergraduate essays must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length. Graduate essays should be no more than 5,000 words in length. 

Submissions may be in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or any combination of these languages.  Open to all IU students.

Click here for more information

Link for Dávila Submission Form


Applications
Latino Studies Program
Dissertation Year Fellowship 2020-2021
Application

The Latino Studies Program is accepting applications for a Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2020-21. The fellowship includes a stipend of $20,000 and student health insurance coverage. It does not include a fee remission. The award will enable one doctoral candidate to engage in work leading to the completion of a Ph.D. dissertation.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program within the College of Arts & Sciences and must be formally advanced to candidacy by July 31, 2020. Preference will be given to projects that enrich knowledge about Latino populations residing in the United States, however projects involving transnational (US-Latin American) populations or comparative frameworks are also acceptable. During the fellowship year, the student is expected to devote full time to dissertation work and to participate in the Latino Studies Program’s scholarly activities in Bloomington.

DEADLINE: Friday March 6, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Please visit the Dissertation Year Fellowship 2020-21 page for more info and to download the application


 

Learn more about Dolores Huerta before her historic September 19th IU-B keynote address!!

 

9/19/19 @ 7:00 PM
Dolores Huerta's Keynote Address, at Franklin Hall
One week from today, The Latino Studies Program and La Casa, the Latino Cultural Center will host Dolores Huerta for a one day visit to Bloomington and IU. IUTV, IU's student run television service, covered Dolores Huerta's historic visit: http://www.iustv.com/dolores-huerta-gives-keynote-address-at-iu/



click here to learn more about Sounding Latinidades: A Symposium on Sound Studies and Latinx Cultures, April 19th 10-5PM

 


Click here for a link of a blog that our very own director, Sylvia Martinez, wrote on the Latino Film Festival.



Thinking of getting a Latino Studies Minor?

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Check out requirements here or contact latino@indiana.edu for more information