Upcoming Events

Mariana Mora

Over the past two decades, Zapatista Indigenous community members have asserted their autonomy through everyday practices in their struggle for lekil kuxlejal, a dignified collective life connected to a specific territory. Mariana Mora spent more than ten years researching in Chiapas, working with Tseltal and Tojolabal community members to design and evaluate her fieldwork. The result of that collaboration is a work of activist anthropology, revealing how kuxlejal (or life) politics unsettle key racialized effects of the Mexican neoliberal state.

Mariana Mora is Associate Professor/Researcher at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City. Her research focuses on struggles against continuing colonization as a part of state formation in Latin America, including in Indigenous regions in Mexico.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall

Cine Latino

Directed by Kléber Medonça (Brazil, 2012)

A palpable sense of unease hangs over a single city block in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Home to prosperous families and the servants who work for them, the area is ruled by an aging patriarch and his sons. When a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents from a recent spate of petty crime, it unleashes the fears, anxieties, and resentments of a divided society haunted by its troubled past. 131 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles. 

“One of the strongest feature debuts of the last decade.”
– Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Anthony W. Fontes

Maras (transnational gangs) like the MS-13 stand at the center of ever-growing politics of fear. Based on years of fieldwork in Central America, Anthony W. Fontes illuminates how the maras became the region’s public enemy #1. However, the problem goes beyond gangs. By providing cover for a host of other actors taking advantage of extreme violence, maras help create a sense of order in the midst of chaos. Fontes will explore how these gangs have become so crucial for making and mooring collective terror in Central American cities, while tracing the ties that bind violence to those residing in far safer environs.

Anthony W. Fontes is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, and received his Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley. He is author of Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala City.

Friday, November 16, 2018, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Film Screening and Director's Talk

Directed by Rick Tejada Flores (USA, 2018)

Filmmaker Rick Tejada Flores unravels secrets of his family’s past in Bolivia, discovering his grandfather’s hidden role as President during one of the bloodiest wars in Latin America. From downtown La Paz to the remote mountain town of Llojeta, Tejada Flores explores how his family, as part of the white ruling class, perpetuated disparities in rural indigenous communities. He finds both a family and a nation struggling to come to terms with their history. 56 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Informational Meeting

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
309 Sproul Hall