Panel: "The Future of Xican@/x Studies"
Eagle and the Condor Liberation Front / Frente de Liberación del Águila y el Cóndor
LOCATION: Haines Hall 144, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Spirit Lake singers
Roberto D. Hernández (San Diego State University)
Reynaldo F. Macías (UCLA)
Minnie Ferguson (Semillas del Pueblo)
Marcos Aguilar (Semillas del Pueblo)
For the last 50 years of Chican@ Studies across the US, departments of various origins are seeing a shift in purpose. The importance of Chican@ Studies historically and contemporarily is to dismantle hegemonic paradigms within the westernized university. It is to allow students to fully understand three questions: 1. Who are we? 2. What is our situation in the world? and 3. What do we do about it? In this way we are historicizing, contextualizing, and politicizing our research, studying, and praxis as students in the university. Chican@ Studies students are trained to question and critique power systems, cultural hegemony, and coloniality as lived realities for the dispossessed, oppressed and marginalized across the intersectionalities of race, class, culture, and gender/sexuality. The purpose of this field of study within the westernized university till this day continues to be questioned for its validity and legitimacy as a discipline.
At UCLA in the early 90s, Chican@ Studies was in a precarious position; as were many Ethnic Studies programs across the US. To secure the future of Chican@ Studies, students, community members, and professors organized to departmentalize Chican@ Studies at UCLA. A hunger strike was organized when efforts were not enough to pressure the university. After 25 years, we want to honor the efforts of the '93 Hunger Strikes at UCLA to departmentalize Chican@ Studies. We also want to discuss the hard question of the future of Xican@ Studies in the westernized university. Under the pressure of many departments turning to Latinx Studies, where does Xican@ Studies stand at the intersection of Indigeneity and the struggle against neoliberal projects?
For this event, the ECLF has organized a panel of Indigenous scholars and community members/alumni to share their palabra.
This event is FREE. No RSVP required.
We, the ECLF, firstly want to acknowledge the Tongva-Gabrielino peoples on whose land we are hosting this event. We also want to thank the CSRC for allowing us their space. We lastly want to thank our panelists for their time and participation in this event.
$12 parking is located in parking lot 2 and 4.