My Chapter on Decolonial Expressions of Dia de los Muertos
Looking forward to my contributor copy arriving in the mail, but in the meantime there's a limited preview on Google Books. Editor Frederick Aladama assembled an amazing collection of scholars and the topics provide an important contribution to the subject of Latina/o pop culture.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
Edward Santos Garza from Texas State Reviews Reclaiming Poch@ Pop
In the most recent issue of Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric and Culture, Edward Santos Garza reviews my book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency(Palgrave 2015). I really appreciate Santos Garza's generous reading of my book and the great work by the special guest editors, Malea Powell and Phil Bratt. There are also some great articles by Victor del Hierro as well as Alexandra Hidalgo's call for documentary filmmaking in cultural rhetoric.
Santos Garza writes:
"more than maybe any scholar thus far, devises fresh ways of understanding pochx rhetoric. For an American academy seeing larger numbers of Latinx students, many of whom fit Medina’s idea of a pochx, this text’s project is much-needed, one that should serve rhetoricians and compositionists alike."
Read the full review here: http://enculturation.net/celebrating-the-hyphen
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
RSA Conference in Atlanta, GAThis past weekend, May 26-28, I attended the national conference of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), where I presented a paper on Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos decolonial expressions in pop culture such as The Book of Life and George Romero's Dead series. This research came from my chapter in The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture, edited by Frederick Aldama. RSA was a great opportunity to connect with new colleagues and reconnect with old friends (so many University of Arizona grads, alums and profs).
(Billings, Lueck and I)
I was lucky enough to have a couple colleagues from Santa Clara there with me. Simone Billings and Amy Lueck presented, attended functions for researchers at Jesuit institutions, and took part in the research network forum.
I attended a roundtable talk of researchers from Jesuit institutions discussing the collection Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies, which addresses issues of eloquentia perfecta, spirituality and Jesuit pedagogy. Steve Mailloux spoke of eloquentia perfecta as a good person speaking and writing well for the public good, and how to revise core curriculum with this in mind.
I also attended a talk by Joseph Bizup, whose BEAM framework for research I use in my writing courses. Bizup spoke about his recent collaborations with librarians and how writing teachers in library research are often characterized by their one-off sessions with librarians; Bizup outlined ways that he discusses the channels and genres for purposeful research.
(Slide from Bizup's presentation on BEAM)
David Green and Ersula Ore spoke on the rhetoric of gun violence surrounding the Charleston AME murders, discussing the inequality of how gun violence is distinguished when the shooter is white (mental illness/video game blame) versus Black shooters (assailant/perpetrator). Ore reflected on her experience, concluding with the assertion that she did not have the authority to 'stand her ground' as Zimmerman claimed for fear of Trayvon Martin.
(Green and Ore pictured)
In a panel featuring Tamika Carey, Elaine Richardson (Dr. E), Gwen Pough, and Eric Pritchard, Carey laid the groundwork for the roundtable, Pritchard spoke on the rhetoric of African American fashion, Pough discussed 'Afro-pessimism,' and Richardson advocated for finding ways to affirm one another. Richardson advised not to get caught up in the struggle of the struggle and explained that all lives will matter when Black lives matter.
I also caught the second-half of a great talk by Christina Cedillo and Melissa Elston on "Indigenous Bodies and the Corporeal(ized) Rhetorics of Empire," where the role of re-creating 'authentic' Native American representation was deconstructed as re-enforcing pioneer narratives of conquest.
(Presenting with Miriam Fernandez)