Oxford Latin American Graduate Seminar Series Trinity Term 2020
Madison Cortez, Boston College
”The Full Racial Crisis Triggered by Expansion”: Identity Formation in New Mexico during the State Debate and the Great War, 1848-1919’
Jessica Fernández de Lara Harada, University of Cambridge
"Chino, Chino, Japonés" in the "all-inclusive-post-racial" fiction of Mestizaje: Dissecting Anti-Asian racism and political violence in post-revolutionary Mexico
Discussant: Dr Maria de los Angeles Picone, Boston College
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Madison Cortez is a PhD student in History at Boston College. Her research focuses on identity formation in borderlands, with specific emphasis on the Irish/Northern Irish border and the US/Mexico border.
Jessica Fernández de Lara Harada is a doctoral candidate and a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Jessica’s doctoral research is concerned with nation-state formation, the history of race relations, and transpacific migrations. It examines the national politics of Mestizaje in post-revolutionary Mexico, the orientalist construction of the ‘Chino’, and how Japanese migrants and their descendants negotiate their belonging and exclusion to the nation.
Professor Picone is a historian of Modern Latin America. Her current book project examines how people in the Northern Patagonian Andes, a border region between Chile and Argentina, created new understandings of the nation through their regional, often cross-border, experiences of a space. Professor Picone teaches Modern Latin American history and topic-based courses on borders and spatial history.