The 2019-20 Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging,” will be co-directed by UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Latina/o Studies Program faculty member Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (Department of Communication Studies), Rene Rocha (Department of Political Science), and Ariana Ruiz (Department of Spanish & Portuguese), and will operate in partnership with the Obermann Center.
The seminar will include over 20 free presentations by renowned visiting scholars and artists, a film series, and public performances, all of which will engage questions of national identity, national belonging, intersectional identities (related to race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, etc.), and Latina/o/x peoples. The $225,000 from Mellon’s Sawyer Seminar program, which supports research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments, will also fund a post-doctoral fellow and the dissertation research of two affiliated UI graduate students.
“Imagining Latinidades” will build upon the strong foundation of the UI’s interdisciplinary Latina/o Studies Program, itself an outgrowth of the Obermann Center’s 2012 Humanities Symposium, “The Latino Midwest.”