Center for Latina/o Studies in the Americas

Fostering the interdisciplinary analysis of the social, political, cultural, and educational realities of Latin Americans and of Latina/os in the United States.

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CELASA contributes to the understanding of Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout Latin America and promotes scholarly communication across national boundaries. CELASA fosters the interdisciplinary analysis of the social, economic, political, and cultural realities of Latin Americans and of Latina/os in the United States.

CELASA FALL 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CARY CORDOVA

Art from a Pending Eviction: Images of Displacement on the Eve of Día de los Muertos

Cary Cordova

In San Francisco’s Mission District, the reality of gentrification has a long history, developed over many decades. This talk examines this history through the art and activism of Latina and Latino artists, using key events and images to grapple with the stresses of representation and eviction.

In particular, the celebration of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has shaped, influenced, and reflected these images of loss and resistance. Drawing on fine art, posters, altars, installations, and other creative interventions in everyday life, this talk illustrates contestations over property, belonging, and art history.

Cary Cordova is an Associate Professor in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in Latino and Latina cultural production, including art, music, and the performing arts. She is the author of The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2017.

To learn about when Dr. Cordova’s talk will take place and to view our Spring 2017 Keynote, Dr. Cecilia Menjívar, visit our News and Events page

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Center for Latina/o Studies in the Americas (CELASA)

2130 Fulton St.
Kalmanovitz Hall 334
San Francisco, CA 94117