Beyond Alterity, Beyond Continuity: Rethinking the Indigenous Subject in Mexico

WhenNovember 20, 2018 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
WhereSocial Science Research, Room 224
Event Websitehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-alterity-beyond-continuity-rethinking-the-indigenous-subject-in-mexico-tickets-51079204275
Contact InformationKatz Center for Mexican Studies
DescriptionMexican Studies Seminar | Autumn 2018

Beyond Alterity, Beyond Continuity: Rethinking the Indigenous Subject in Mexico

Featuring
Paula López Caballero
Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

The concept of “indigenous” has been entwined with notions of exoticism and alterity throughout Mexico’s history. In her work, Dr. López Caballero questions the persistent association between indigenous people and radical difference, and shows how this usage overlooks the fact that the social markers of differentiation (language, race or ethnic group, phenotype) are historical and therefore unstable. In opposition to any reification of geographical, cultural, or social boundaries, she argues that people who (self-)identify as indigenous share a multitude of practices with the rest of society and that the association between indigenous identification and alterity is the product of a specific political history.

Lunch will be provided for those who register in advance.

More information:
773.834.1987
mexicanstudies@uchicago.edu
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