Paranoia in the Americas: American Anxieties in a Transnational Context

University College Cork 24 November 2018 From the earliest moments of its existence, the optimistic dream of America has been underpinned by a much darker sense of anxiety and paranoia. Whether embodied in early colonial fears of nefarious witches corrupting pious Puritan settlements, Cold-War fantasies of “reds under the bed,” or porous borders unable to […]

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Sonia E. Alvarez in Glasgow – Turning to Feminisms: Re-visioning Cultures, Power, and Politics in Latin America, reported by Rebecca DeWald

As part of her self-confessed marathon of lectures and talks in the UK, Sonia E. Alvarez, Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was kind enough to stop over at the Translating Feminism Network at the […]

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English con SALSA

  Gina Valdés, ‘English con salsa,’ Revista Chicana-Riqueña/The Americas Review, 21 (1993) The SALSA panel at this year’s IAAS and BAAS conference addressed the ways in which Spanish (as well as other languages) is used in contemporary American/Américan fiction and sought to challenge the often Anglo-centric direction of such discussions at American Studies conferences on […]

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Disculpa/Soz

I’ve been remiss, I know. The last few months have been busy and I haven’t kept up with The SALSA Collective blogging. I’m going through revisions for my project and it’s going to be a big job! So… if you, or your friends, o familia, or anyone fancy writing a blog for us here at […]

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¡¡SALSA is co-organising a workshop!!

Hijas/os de la Malinche?: Disruptions and discussions on gender and mexicanidad Friday 13th November 2015 UCL-Institute of the Americas, London, UK The aim of this one-day workshop is to raise awareness within the UK of the diverse ways in which gender is lived, experienced and understood by Mexicans.  In doing so, the event contributes to the educational and cultural goals of […]

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Guest Blog: Marcia X

It is because of the strength of my ancestors, I am able to write this piece today. I, like so many others, am a product of colonialism. My experience as a member of the Diaspora only reinforces the state of my unhomeliness (as Bhaba puts it) in the Western world, even though my mother is from Puerto Rico […]

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Guest Blog: A Perspective on the Historical Context of the Tragedy of Iguala by Francesco Di Bernardo

‘We closed our eyes in order to suppose that the other Mexico would disappear if it was not seen. On the first January 1994, we awake in another country’ (Pacheco 1994). José Emilio Pacheco wrote these words to comment on the Zapatista uprising of the 1st January 1994. While the political establishment, following the implementation […]

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Guest Blog: Cian Warfield is Unearthing an Understanding of Zapatista Autonomy

I must confess that I never knew the existence of the Zapatista movement until I undertook a year-long research masters at my home university in Cork. A small collection of autonomous indigenous communities located in the southern corners of Mexico in the jungle infested state of Chiapas had somehow escaped my attention. My growing interest […]

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Guest Blog: Helena Maria Viramontes and Me, by Niamh McNamara

The heady rush of political, cultural and social upheaval is forever linked to the 1960s and 1970s. The growing strengths of the Civil Rights movements in the United States saw hundreds of thousands of people gather together in protest against injustice and inequality. In the Californian countryside, Mexican American migrant farmworkers were making history with […]

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The SALSA Collective Hits Philly!

This month has been busy for the SALSA Collective as Co-Jefas Becky & Eilidh have been conferencing, sharing their work on Latinidad and meeting those with similar interests both in the U.S. and in the UK. Stateside we started our tour at Temple University’s annual History Postgraduate Conference, the James A. Barnes Conference, in Philadelphia. […]

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