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The Mexican Studies Research Collective is an international network of scholars whose research focuses on Mexican literary and cultural studies.

The collective is broadly conceived as a space for academic dialogue, exchange, and collaboration. We are open to all members of the international scholarly community.

Beginning in the fall of 2020 the Mexican Studies Research Collective will host a bi-weekly virtual working group on Mexican studies (via zoom). If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form or reach out to mexicanstudiescollective@gmail.com

Virtual Working Group
Reading Calendar – Fall 2020

September 2, 2020 @ 4-6PM EDT
Reading Group

Modernity at Gunpoint: Firearms, Politics, and Culture in Mexico and Central America
Sophie Esch

Modernity at Gunpoint provides the first study of the political and cultural significance of weaponry in the context of major armed conflicts in Mexico and Central America. In this highly original study, Sophie Esch approaches political violence through its most direct but also most symbolic tool: the firearm.

September 16, 2020 @ 4-6PM EDT
Reading Group

Orientaciones transpacíficas: la modernidad mexicana y el espectro de Asia
Laura J. Torres-Rodríguez

Orientaciones transpacíficas propone y traza los contornos de una orientación intelectual hacia el Este y el Sur de Asia en la tradición intelectual y artística mexicana de los siglos XX y XXI.

September 30, 2020 @ 4-6PM EDT
Work in Progress

Julie Ann Ward
University of Oklahoma

“Caminar en zapatos migrantes: La empatía y la frontera mexicano-estadounidense en Carne y arena, la instalación de realidad virtual de Alejandro González Iñárritu”

Ángel Díaz Miranda
Hollins University

“The Poetics of Bodily -compositions in Sergio Loo’s Operación al cuerpo enfermo

October 14, 2020 @ 4-6PM EDT
Reading Group

Lost Children Archive / Desierto sonoro
Valeria Luiselli

An artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.


October 28, 2020 @ 4-6PM EDT

Reading Group

Dude Lit: Mexican Men Writing and Performing Competence, 1955–2012
Emily Hind

How did men become the stars of the Mexican intellectual scene? Dude Lit examines the tricks of the trade and reveals that sometimes literary genius rests on privileges that men extend one another and that women permit.

November 11, 2020 @ 4-6PM EST
Work in Progress

Roberto Cruz Arzabal
Universidad Iberoamericana

“Ensamblajes poscartesianos entre texto, imagen y cuerpo en Taller de taquimecanografía

Francesca Dennstedt
Souther Illinois University Carbondale

“Fucking With Death and [Not] Yet Cuir: Choking Eroticism through the Work of Inés Arredondo, Kati Horna and Leonora Carrington”

November 25, 2020 @ 4-6PM EST
Reading Group

More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico
Alice Driver

In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, people disappear, their bodies dumped in deserted city lots or jettisoned in the unforgiving desert. All too many of them are women. More or Less Dead analyzes how such violence against women has been represented in news media, books, films, photography, and art.

December 9, 2020 @ 4-6PM EST
Reading Group

Strategic Occidentalism: On Mexican Fiction, the Neoliberal Book Market, and the Question of World Literature
Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

Strategic Occidentalism examines the transformation, in both aesthetics and infrastructure, of Mexican fiction since the late 1970s. During this time a framework has emerged characterized by the corporatization of publishing, a frictional relationship between Mexican literature and global book markets, and the desire of Mexican writers to break from dominant models of national culture.