latino studies

Jadaliyya speaks with ‘Between the Middle East and the Americas’ editors Evelyn Asultany and Ella Shohat

by Phillip Witteveen July 18, 2013

The Arab Studies Institute’s magazine Jadaliyya recently interviewed Evelyn Asultany and Ella Shohat on their new book Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. The book, they explain, was a natural distillation of their travels and experiences in the Arab diaspora in the United States, Cuba, Columbia and Brazil. “The Middle Eastern diaspora in the United States is often compared to Europe, while the linked analogies to the rest of the Americas are overlooked. The Arab/Latino interface examined in this book was inspired by similar convergences in our own lives,” Asultany and Shohat said While area studies has traditionally […]

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Ramon Rivera-Servera wins Latino Studies Section of LASA Award for Best Book

by Shaun Manning June 3, 2013

The University of Michigan Press is proud to congratulate Ramon Rivera-Servera on receiving the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association Award for Best Book for his book Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics. The prize represents one of the most significant awards, as it considers books across all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Rivera-Servera’s book, which has also been nominated for a Lambda Literary award, examines the ways in which performance shaped the queer public culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, unifying individuals of diverse backgrounds in an era marked both by increased influence […]

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Lammy Spotlight: “Performing Queer Latinidad”

by Phillip Witteveen March 20, 2013

Performing Queer Latinidad is our third finalist in the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating excellence in writing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender subjects.  In Performing Queer Latinidad, Ramon Rivera-Servera deconstructs a crucial period of change in a queer subculture Latina/o culture in the United States as it expanded and gained influence in the 1990s and early 2000s. The social event of performance became a foothold in urban centers against intolerance in the double dose of homophobia and xenophobia. Focusing most specifically on the influences of dance and choreography, including dancer Arthur Aviles and musical styles such as Karamba and Reggaetón, […]

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‘Mex-Ciné’ author Frederick Aldama discusses new Latino superhero with Fox News

by Shaun Manning February 25, 2013

Frederick Aldama, whose book Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the Twenty-first Century will be published in April, spoke with Fox News Latino about the debut of DC Comics’ newest Latino superhero, code named Vibe. While the original Vibe, introduced in early 1980s, was widely derided as a poor stereotype–he is one of the few heroes in comics to be killed but not return to life–Aldama told Fox that the new version of the character is considerably more realistic. “Artwise it’s amazing. His skin color is dark and they didn’t just give him Caucasian features. He looks and speaks like […]

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‘No Boundaries’ author Tom Diaz discusses gun violence on “Fresh Air,” “The Young Turks”

by Phillip Witteveen January 16, 2013

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, former gun enthusiast turned anti-gun activist  Tom Diaz has presented his views on several programs, including NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Current TV’s The Young Turks. As a political advisor to Congress on the Crime and Criminal Justice Subcommitee, Diaz brought his expertise of gun culture and crime to his University of Michigan Press book No Boundries, an account of the rise of Latino gang activity. Styled as the “new mafia”, these sweeping organizations have a powerful role in a violent transnational drug trade. His newest book is titled The Last Gun: Changes […]

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