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CfP: Gender and Intimacy Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Workshop at UC Santa Barbara

Gender and Intimacy Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
A Workshop at UC Santa Barbara
September 30 – October 1, 2016
Loma Pelona Conference Center

Friday, September 30, 2016

5:00-5:15 pm: Welcome & Introduction, Sharon Farmer, Chair & Professor, History

5:15-6:00 pm: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Alexandra M. Stern, Professor of American Culture, Women’s Studies, History, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan.

6:00-8:00 pm: Catered Dinner & Informal Discussion


Saturday, October 1, 2016

8:00-8:45 am: Coffee, Tea, and Light Refreshments

8:45-9:00 am: Welcome & Introductions, Miroslava Chávez-Garcia & Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

Session I

9:00-10:30 am: Cultural Studies, Media, & Personal Narratives in Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Laura Barraclough, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Yale University, “Charro Masculinity in Motion: Gender, Sexuality, and the Family on Hulu’s Los Cowboys

Juan Llamas-Rodríguez, Graduate Student, Film & Media, UCSB, “The Familial Ties of the Female NarcoTrafficker”

Jennifer Tyburczy, Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies, UCSB, “Sex After NAFTA: Crossing Borders and the Economy of Intimacy”

Deborah Boehm, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UN Reno, “Divided by Citizenship: Mixed-Status Partnerships in the United States and Mexico”

Commentators: D. Inés Casillas, Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies, UCSB, & Leisy Abrego, Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA

Audience: Comment

Session II

10:45 am-12:15 pm: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gender, Marriage, and Intimacy in 20th-Century U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Celeste Menchaca, Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC, “Staging Crossings: Policing and Performing Difference at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1906-1917”

Marla A. Ramírez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology and Sexuality Studies, SFSU, “Transnational Gender Formations: A Banished U.S. Citizen Woman Negotiates Motherhood & Marriage Across the U.S.-Mexico Border”

Jane Lily López, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, UCSD, “Together and Apart: Mixed-Citizenship Couples in the Mexican Border Region”

Commentators: Denise Segura, Professor, Sociology, UCSB, & Veronica Castillo-Muñoz, Assistant Professor, History, UCSB

Audience: Comment

Lunch Break: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Session III

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Contesting Gender, Family, and Marriage in the 19th-Century U.S.-Borderlands

Raquel Casas, Associate Professor, History, UNLV, “The Cooper-Molera Family of Monterey, California”

Margie Brown-Coronel, Assistant Professor, History, CSU, Fullerton, “History Makers in the Borderlands: Josefa Del Valle and Legacy Building in California, 1880 to 1940”

Amy Langford, Ph.D. Candidate, History, American University, “Saints on the Border: Plural Marriage and the Contest for Authority in the Mormon Colonies of Mexico, 1885 to 1915”

Erika Pérez, Assistant Professor, History, University of Arizona, “The Zamorano-Daltons and the Unevenness of U.S. Conquest in California: A Borderland Family at the Turn of the 20th Century”

Commentators: James Brooks, Professor, History & Anthropology, UCSB, & Miroslava Chávez-García, Professor, History, UCSB

Audience: Comment

Concluding Remarks

3:00-3:15 pm: Publishing Timeline
Miroslava Chávez-García, Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, & Marc Rodríguez, Editor, Pacific Historical Review

Dinner: 5:00 – 8:00 pm @ 7540 Newport Dr., Goleta, Calif., home of Miroslava Chávez-García



Leisy J. Abrego
Associate Professor, UCLA, Chicana and Chicano Studies
7357 Bunche Hall | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1559
abrego@ucla.edu | (310) 206-9414

 Leisy J. Abrego is Associate Professor in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. She studies families, Central American migration, and the production of “illegality” through U.S. immigration laws. Her award-winning book, Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders (Stanford, 2014), examines the well-being of Salvadoran immigrants and their families—both in the United States and in El Salvador—as these are shaped by immigration policies and gendered expectations.

Laura Barraclough
Assistant Professor, Yale University, American Studies
PO Box 208236 | New Haven, CT 06520
laura.barraclough@yale.edu | (213) 446-4307

Laura Barraclough is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Yale University where she teaches about cities, human geography, and ethnicity, race, and migration. She is the author of Making the San Fernando Valley: Rural Landscapes, Urban Development, and White Privilege (Georgia, 2011) and, with Laura Pulido and Wendy Cheng, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles (California, 2012). Her current book manuscript, under contract with UC Press and scheduled for publication in 2018, investigates the history and cultural politics of Mexican rodeo in the urban American Southwest. A native of Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, she received her undergraduate degrees in Ethnic Studies and Urban Planning from UC, San Diego and her doctorate in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. As a proud single mother, she credits her 5-year-old son Alessandro with keeping her life (somewhat) balanced and motivating her writing.

Deborah A. Boehm
Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, Anthropology & Women’s Studies
Gender, Race, and Identity Program/046 | Reno, NV 89557

Deborah A. Boehm is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies/Gender, Race, and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Intimate Migrations: Gender, Family, and Illegality among Transnational Mexicans (New York University Press, 2012) and Returned: Going and Coming in an Age of Deportation (University of California Press, 2016), and co-editor of Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). Her current research projects explore detention, deportation, and return migration; cross-border and mixed-status partnerships and families; and citizenship and belonging among transnational children and youth.

James F. Brooks
Professor, UCSB, History & Anthropology
HSSB 2082 | Santa Barbara, CA
jbrooks@anth.ucsb.edu | http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/people/james-f-brooks
jbrooks@history.ucsb.edu | https://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/james-brooks/
(o) (805) 893-4027

James F. Brooks is an interdisciplinary scholar of intercultural borderlands with particular interests in the American Southwest. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the School for Advanced Research. From 2005 to 2013 he served as President of SAR, a center for advanced study in the social sciences, humanities, and Indigenous arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Western National Parks Association. His prize-winning 2002 book Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands focuses on the traffic in women and children across the region as an expression of intercultural violence and accommodation. His most recent book, Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, Prophecy, and the Ghosts of Awat’ovi Pueblo, published by W. W. Norton, is enjoying much acclaim and interest.

Margie Brown-Coronel
Assistant Professor, CSU Fullerton, History
4210 Berenice Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90031
mbrown-coronel@fullerton.edu | 323-206-2145

 Margie Brown-Coronel is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton, where she teaches U.S. History, Borderlands History/U.S. West History, U.S. Women’s History and Public History. Prior to her position at CSUF, Brown-Coronel lived in the Washington D.C. area and held a Latino Studies postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She is currently working on her monograph, Californio Legacies, Popular Memories: the del Valle Family in Southern California. Her current research interest is exploring the intersections between Latino History and Public History. A native Angeleno, Brown-Coronel grew up in a bicultural (Mexican/Irish) household where she developed an interest and passion for studying history. She currently lives with her family in Northeast Los Angeles.

María Raquel Casas
Associate Professor, UNLV, History
Department of History | Las Vegas, Nevada
maria.casas@unlv.edu | (o) 702-895-1544
(h) 702-450-0449 | (c) 702-324-3442

María Raquel Casas is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). A graduate of Yale University, she has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as a visiting professor. She is the author of Married to a Daughter of the Land: Interethnic Marriages in California, 1820-1880 (University of Nevada, Las Vegas Press, 2007). She is also the author of an article in Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community (Oxford Press, 2005) and various entries in Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2006). She is currently working on the family history of the Vallejo-Cooper-Molera family of Monterey, California, and the legacy of their Californio identity and how it influenced them well into the twentieth century.

D. Inés Casillas
Associate Professor, UCSB, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
1705 South Hall | Santa Barbara, CA
(o) (805) 893-3213 | casillas@chicst.ucsb.edu

D. Inés Casillas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Her most recent book, !Sounds of Belonging! U.S. Spanish Language Radio and Public Advocacy (New York: New York University Press, 2014) was selected as Book of the Year by the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education and received Honorable Mention for Best Latino Studies Book by the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Her research interests include U.S. Spanish-language Media; Chicana & Latina Popular Culture; Radio & Sound Practices; Racial Politics of Language; Accent Studies; and Language Learning Technologies.

*Veronica Castillo-Muñoz
Assistant Professor, UCSB, History
HSSB 4238 | Santa Barbara, CA
castillomunoz@history.ucsb.edu | https://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/veronica-castillo-munoz/

Veronica Castillo-Muñoz studies transnational migration to Mexico and Mexican migration to the United States. Her forthcoming book, The Other California, under contract with UC Press 2016, examines family labor, and Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, and European migration to Baja California from 1850 to 1952. She is particularly interested in analyzing the intersections of race, gender, regional, and transnational migration in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands. Professor Castillo-Muñoz’s second project examines the historical roots of rural Mexican migration to border communities in Mexico and the United States.

*Miroslava Chávez-García
Professor, UCSB, Department of History
HSSB 3257 | Santa Barbara, CA
mchavezgarcia@chicst.ucsb.edu | (c) (530) 219-3933

Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara and affiliate of the Department of Chicana and Chicano studies and Department of Feminist Studies at UCSB. She is author of States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System (University of California Press, 2012) and Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (University of Arizona Press, 2004). Her current manuscript, “Migrant Longing and Letter Writing in the Borderlands,” a history of migration, courtship, and identity as told through 300 personal letters exchanged among family members in the 1960s across the U.S.-Mexico border, is currently under review at the University of North Carolina Press. Her most recent article, “Migrant Longing, Courtship, and Gendered Identity in the Borderlands,” Western Historical Quarterly Vol. 47, no. 2 (Summer 2016),” recreates the personal, emotional, and creative world of a thirty-year-old single male migrant farm worker in the Imperial Valley as told through the correspondence of José Chávez Esparza, her father, to María Concepción Alvarado, or “Conchita,” her mother.

Amy Langford
Doctoral Candidate, American University, History
Department of History | Washington, D.C.
al7735a@student.american.edu | (925) 550-8798.

Amy Langford is a PhD candidate in history at American University in Washington, DC. Her dissertation, “Creating a Body Politic: Boundary Crossings and the (Re)Making of the Latter-day Saints on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1885-1920,” examines polygamous families following the LDS Church’s renunciation of plural marriage in 1890. The article she is preparing for this workshop examines how polygamous families in northern Mexico navigated between federal anti-polygamy legislation, the Mormon church’s often conflicting stance on polygamy, and how kinship networks were sustained and restructured after 1890.

Jane Lilly López
Doctoral Candidate, UCSD, Sociology
Tecate, Baja California
jane.lilly@gmail.com | jrlilly@ucsd.edu | 619-471-6639

Jane Lilly López is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Her work focuses on the intersections between citizenship, immigration, and family law, primarily through the lens of mixed-citizenship couples. Her most recent projects have focused on the impacts of immigration law on mixed citizenship status couples, citizenship obligations and citizens’ willingness to fulfill them, and the immigration policies of the first Obama administration.

Juan Llamas-Rodríguez
Doctoral Candidate, UCSB, Film and Media Studies
2433 Social Sciences and Media Studies Building | Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4010
(o) (805) 893-2347 | (f) (805) 893-8630 | jal@umail.ucsb.edu

Juan Llamas-Rodríguez is a PhD candidate in Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, working on a dissertation about life in the age of narcotrafficking. His research interests include media distribution, popular culture in the Mexico-US border, creative labor, and women of color feminism. He is a Research Assistant for the Carsey-Wolf Center and belongs to the editorial collective of the Media Fields Journal. Previously, Juan earned a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and a MA in Film Studies from Concordia University.

Celeste Menchaca
Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University, Department of History
Reed Hall 308 | TCU Box 297260 | Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7288 | cmenchac@usc.edu

Celeste Menchaca is an assistant professor of history at Texas Christian University. Her book project, Borderland Fixations: Technologies of Sight and the Production of the Nineteenth-Century U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, explores how the interplay between visual and scientific technologies, spatial and social landscapes, and the regulation of bodies produced the American Southwest borderlands. She is the past recipient of two Ford Foundation Fellowships. To be a productive writer, Celeste reads fiction at night, writes first thing in the morning, and hikes/gardens on the weekends.

Erika Pérez
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Department of History
Social Sciences 215 | 1145 E. South Campus Drive | Tucson, AZ 85721
(310) 666-9589 | erikaperez@email.arizona.edu | prof.erikaperez@gmail.com

Erika Pérez is an assistant professor in the history department at the University of Arizona and an affiliate of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department.  She teaches graduate seminars on Native American history, U.S. women of color history, and the history of gender and U.S. empire, as well as lower division undergraduate courses on U.S. women’s history and sports and ethnic America. Her book manuscript, Colonial Intimacies: Interethnic Kinship, Sexuality, and Marriage in Southern California, 1769-1885, is under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press. A native of Cerritos, California, she became interested in studying mixed marriages, biculturality, and Catholic godparentage after twice becoming a godmother and witnessing her biracial friends and family members struggle with their identities and feeling that their family stories were often left out of history books and community studies.

Marla Andrea Ramírez
Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University
HSS Bldg., Room 370 | 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94132
rmarla@sfsu.edu | (c) (562) 754-2634

Marla Andrea Ramírez was born in Michoacán, Mexico, she immigrated to the U.S. at the age of twelve, and was raised in East Los Angeles and North Long Beach, California. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies with a Doctoral Emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Dr. Ramírez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at SFSU, following a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies. Her research examines the Great Depression’s era immigration policies focusing on the experiences of Mexican repatriation and banishment of U.S. citizen children of Mexican descent that tore apart thousands of families across the United States-Mexico border.

 Marc S. Rodríguez
Associate Professor, Portland State University, History
Portland, OR 97207-0751 | msr4@pdx.edu | (c) (971) 263-7329

Managing Editor, Pacific Historical Review
487 Cramer Hall | Portland State University | Portland, OR 97207-0751
msr4@pdx.edu | http://phr.ucpress.edu/

Marc S. Rodríguez is associate professor of history at Portland State University and the managing editor of the Pacific Historical Review. Before joining the faculty of Portland State University, Rodríguez held faculty posts at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University South Bend. His first book, The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin (2011), won the National Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies’ Texas Nonfiction Book Award. He is also the editor of Repositioning North American Migration History: New Directions in Modern Continental Migration, Citizenship, and Community (2004) and co-editor of Migration in History: Human Migration in Comparative Perspective (2007). His newest book is Rethinking the Chicano Movement (2014), a synthesis and critical reconsideration of the Chicano/a Civil Rights Movement as a national social movement.

Alexandra M. Stern
Professor, University of Michigan, American Culture, Women’s Studies, History, and Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Co-director, Reproductive Justice Faculty Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender
505 S. State Street | 3722 Haven Hall | Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045
734.936.5902 | amstern@med.umich.edu | http://www.minnastern.com

 Author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in America, 2d. ed. (UC Press, 2015) and Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America (John Hopkins University Press, 2012) as well as numerous articles on the history of public health in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Professor Stern is a leading voice in unraveling the dynamics of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, social difference, and reproductive politics in the United States and Latin America.

Denise Segura
Professor, UCSB, Sociology
Social Sciences and Media Studies Building 3004 | Santa Barbara, CA
(o) (805) 893-4761 | segura@soc.ucsb.edu | https://www.soc.ucsb.edu/people/denise-segura

Denise A. Segura is Professor of Sociology and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies, and the Women’s Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in Chicana Feminist Studies, Latina/o education, and Chicana/Mexicana employment. Professor Segura has been at UC Santa Barbara since 1987 and has contributed to the development of Latina/o sociology in the department. She also served as Director of the Center for Chicano Studies from 1994-1999. Professor Segura has been a leader in shared governance having served as the first chair of the Undergraduate Council at UCSB, the academic senate committee that initiates and reviews all campus undergraduate educational policy, from 2002-04. She also served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the UC Systemwide Committee on Educational Policy (UCEP) from 2004-06. Professor Segura completed an edited volume with Dr. Patricia Zavella (UC Santa Cruz), Women and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: An Anthology (Duke University Press, 2007).

Jennifer Tyburczy
Assistant Professor, UCSB, Feminist Studies
4th Floor South Hall | Santa Barbara, CA
805-893-4330 | jtyburczy@femst.ucsb.edu

Jennifer Tyburczy is Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies and Director of the LGBTQ Studies Minor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her first book, Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016. Based on this research, she curated the 2015 exhibition Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship for the Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. Her research has also appeared in Criticism, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Museum & Society, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Radical History Review, Text & Performance Quarterly, Signs, and Women & Performance. Her research has been recognized with the Crompton-Noll Award, the Allan Bérubé Prize, the Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship, and most recently, a UCHRI Residency Fellowship on “Queer Hemispheres.” She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International Women’s Studies and QED and as co-chair for the Queer Caucus for Art of the College Art Association. Tyburczy is currently at work on a second book project, Sex After NAFTA: Crossing Borders and the Economy of Intimacy, in which she employs an interdisciplinary methodology to trace the influence of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on everyday practices of intimacy.

Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Plus, South Coast Inn
5620 Calle Real
Goleta, California, 93117-2319, US
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For more information, please contact Miroslava Chavez-Garcia at mchavezgarcia@chicst.ucsb.edu or (53) 219-3933 or Veronica Castillo-Muñoz at castillomunoz@history.ucsb.edu.

Goals of the Workshop

Our goals are to bring together scholars of all ranks (including graduate students) who are willing to share their work, provide constructive feedback to fellow presenters, and publish their papers. After the workshop, we plan to invite all participants to submit revised papers for consideration in a Special Issue of the Pacific Historical Review, pending peer and editorial review. Note: The editor of the journal will attend the workshop to see the work in progress.

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