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Negotiating Latinidad: Intralatina/o Lives in Chicago

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Central

Where: Norris University Center, 207, Rock Room, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Carlos Octavio Ballinas   (847) 467-3980

Group: The Latina and Latino Studies Program

Category: Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Presentation by Frances R. Aparicio, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University | Author of Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures.


Description: Longstanding Mexican and Puerto Rican populations have helped make people of mixed nationalities—MexiGuatemalans, CubanRicans, and others—an important part of Chicago's Latina/o scene. Intermarriage between Guatemalans, Colombians, and Cubans have further diversified this community-within-a-community. Yet we seldom consider the lives and work of these Intralatino/as when we discuss Latino/as in the United States.


In Negotiating Latinidad, a cross section of Chicago's second-generation Intralatino/as offer their experiences of negotiating between and among the national communities embedded in their families. Frances R. Aparicio's rich interviews reveal Intralatino/as proud of their multiplicity and particularly skilled at understanding difference and boundaries. Their narratives explore both the ongoing complexities of family life and the challenges of fitting into our larger society, in particular the struggle to claim a space—and a sense of belonging—in a Latina/o America that remains highly segmented in scholarship. The result is an emotionally powerful, theoretically rigorous exploration of culture, hybridity, and transnationalism that points the way forward for future scholarship on Intralatino/a identity.

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