Borderlands and Latino Studies Fall Mini-Conference | Newberry

Borderlands and Latino Studies Fall Mini-Conference

Saturday, November 9, 2013

9 am to 3 pm


Center for American History and Culture Programs
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar

Panel 1

“Bordering Democracy: John Russell Bartlett and the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Commission”
Quentin Story McAndrew, University of Colorado, Boulder

Citizen Outlaws: The Nation, Literary Banditry, and Mexican American Manhood
Alberto Varon, Indiana University

“Independent Indians and the Comisión Pesquisidora de la Frontera del Norte”
Daniel Webb, University of Chicago

Commentator: Omar Valerio-Jimenez, University of Iowa

Panel 2

“Mexican Cinema in el otro lado: A Case Study of the Exhibition of Angelitos negros in San Antonio, Texas”
Javier Ramirez, Indiana University

“Creating Listeners though the Air: Mexican Border Radio Entrepreneurs and their Overseas Audience, 1930-1950”
Sonia Robles, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Commentator: Jaime Pensado, University of Notre Dame

Panel 3

“Dis-Membering Tex-Mex Food: Force-fed Stereotypes with a Side of Racism”
Norma Cardenas, Oregon State University

In “Dis-Membering Tex-Mex Food: Force-fed Stereotypes with a Side of Racism,” I examine the neo-colonial food discourse, which has constructed racialized images and appropriated culture for the tourist and restaurant industry. Using a critical discourse analysis of Mexican restaurant reviews published in the San Antonio Express-News, I highlight the tensions between the dominant culture and the Mexican and Texas Mexican community in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. Focusing on how metaphors and metonymy establish ideology and maintain hierarchical relationships, I analyze the constructions of Mexicans and Texas Mexicans as Tex-Mex; exotic; slovenly; uncivilized; servile; and natural.

“Quinceañeras as Ephemeral Autobiography: Narrating Latina Lived-Experiences in America’s Heartland”
Rachel Valentina González, Indiana University

“ ‘Her many duties in the home’: Spanish-Mexican Women Constructing Identity in Territorial Arizona and New Mexico”
Katherine Massoth, University of Iowa

In, “Her many duties in the home,” I discuss the various ways Spanish-Mexican women in territorial Arizona and New Mexico attempted to maintain their cultural identities in the face of Americanization policies. First I discuss how Spanish-Mexican women used spaces, like their kitchens, plazas, schools, and rivers, to create a local border to maintain their identities and provide spaces to practice their customs. Then I discuss the use of local borders, by focusing on the Amador sisters, to maintain familial and trade bonds within the Spanish-Mexican community that crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

Commentator: Monica Perales, University of Houston

Cost and Registration Information 

Scholl Center Seminar papers are pre-circulated electronically.  For a copy of the paper, email the Scholl Center at  Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend