News & Events
Love in Precarious Times: A Queer Politics of Migration
Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom
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Migration scholars and advocates Ariana Ochoa Camacho and Kathleen Coll describe a turn within the immigrant rights movement in the 2010s toward a more transformative politics of radical inclusion across, not in spite of, differences in sexuality, gender, race, citizenship, and immigration status.
In fall 2021 artist Mark Menjivar hosted two Migration Stories workshops with the Center for the Study of the Southwest. Participants were invited to explore their family history resulting in an exhibition of eleven stories printed as a set of broadside posters and installed in the CSSW gallery. Migration Stories is an oral history project started in 2015 focusing on personal narratives of how we arrived at where we are now. We all have a migration story, some are closer than others.
The exhibition runs through early April 2022
CSSW Director Appears on Blackademics Television
The producers of Blackademics have put together a Texas-grounded special on the pandemic, gathering insight from doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, teachers and other front-line responders. Many of you may have met these speakers in their professional capacity as researchers and practitioners. Put together, they offer insight, anger and hope regarding community capacity, current policy and the potential for transformation. The director of the Center is one of the contributors to this conversation.
Season 9 will air on TV, locally on Austin PBS beginning February 1, 2022 at 10:00pm CST and on Sunday, February 6th at 1:00pm CST.
Risk, Oil Communities and West Texas Booms
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 2:00pm | Online via Zoom
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Sarah Stanford Mcintyre, labor historian and co-director of the Engineering, Ethics and Society Certificate at the Herbst School of Engineering, UC Boulder, shares how people in West Texas communities, since the 20s, managed the risks of growth, pollution and regulation as the region became a global center of petroleum extraction and a financial hub for the Southwest.
Making the Black Past Present: Mexico
Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 2:00pm | Online via Zoom
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In the 2020 Mexican census more than 2.5 million people self-identified as African descendant. Many attributed this number to recent arrivals from West Africa and the Caribbean. UT Knoxville Historian Beau Gaitors demonstrates that archival research illuminates African descendants’ crucial roles in Mexico’s history, providing a better understanding of their presence today.
Trans Lives and U.S. Empire
Monday, February 28, 2022 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at Brazos Hall
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What is the impact and legacy of the Civil War and U.S. military expansion on Black soldiers like Cathay Williams, especially when scholars consider Williams as part of trans history? Historian Kris Klein Hernández focuses on the ways conscripts, contrabands and recruits embodied, played with and resisted the roles demanded of them in the borderlands of this 19th century American empire.
What's a Chicano Like Me Doing in Public Health Anyway?
Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom
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Latina/o/x communities in the communities have disproportionately forced into the essential workforce and disproportionately excluded from federal benefits. Dr. Jason Daniel-Ulloa teases out exclusions and complications that follow from a general understanding that “in Latino and Latinx communities, we have been defined by our labor in this country.”
The Rhetoric of (Emerging) Hispanic-Serving Institutions:
Cultivating “Servingness” in Organizational Cultures Marked by White Supremacy
Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom
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With increased rapidity, Historically White Institutions have become “Hispanic-Serving Institutions.” Communication scholar Darrel Wanzer-Serrano examines the resistance, erasure and possibilities enabled by this term in a higher education terrain indebted to white supremacy and enmeshed in contexts marked by an ongoing anti-Black and anti-immigrant backlash.
Join us in remembering Catherine E. Supple, a staunch supporter of the humanities whose dedication to cultural studies led to the foundation of the Center for the Study of the Southwest.
Not an Elegy: An Oral History of our Opioid Reckoning
Monday, November 15, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at Brazos Hall
The opioid epidemic has lowered life expectancy in the U.S., challenged common abstinence/anonymity rehab practices, and devastated communities. Amy Sullivan’s Opioid Reckoning listens to how families and professional caregivers are wrestling with these new realities.
The Ethnic Studies Program at Lockhart High School invited faculty at Texas State University to speak to parts of the campus on issues connected to the celebration of Hispanic heritage, independence days across Latin America and matters that affect Latina/o/x communities across the United States and the world. Faculty affiliate and director of the Center for International Studies reflected on the importance of empathy for the oppressed through his work on the movements linked to Emiliano Zapata. John Mckiernan-Gonzalez reflected on the impact of the Haitian Revolution on anti-slavery and independence movements across the Americas. These are the kind of relationships the Center would like to strengthen with local communities.
Pictuted here is Ethic Studies and history professor Robert Yañez jr. warming the crowd of students at the Gerry Ohlendorf Performing Arts Center.
CSSW Director, John Mckiernan-González, will be sharing their work on Latina/o/x communities and medical history with the general public on the 23rd of September at 6:00 pm. What is the theme: essential and disposable. There will be references to movies, strikes, deportations, vaccinations, civil rights law and non-pharmaceutical interventions.
In what ways have the histories of Latina/o communities and medical authority been intertwined since 1848? And, why is it so hard to make these connections visible? Historian John Mckiernan-González traces the ways Latina/o communities have been essential and ignored in the tellings of medical history.
Radio Bilingue, a live broadcast Spanish language national NPR radio show, interviewed John Mckiernan-Gonzalez on the impact of HB 3979 on the teaching and research of history in public institutions in Texas. The conversation revolved around enforcement, the increasingly presence of Latina/os & other faculty of color in institutions doing history, and the possible impact on teacher-parent relationships.
Fastpitch Softball, The Mexican American Way
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at Brazos Hall
Beginning in the 1920s, after the Mexican Revolution, workers for the Missouri-Pacific railroad started playing competitive softball, using their access to the rails to set up a traveling circuit and league. Working with the memories and material culture of third and fourth generation members of this traveling fast-pitch softball community, American Studies specialist Ben Chappell has crafted a compelling historical ethnography – Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Vernacular Sport.
Archiving Neurodiversity at the Austin State Hospital, 1856-Today: A Conversation with Jenna Cooper and Elizabeth Stauber
Archiving Neurodiversity at the Austin State Hospital, 1856-Today:
A Conversation with Jenna Cooper and Elizabeth Stauber
Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at Brazos Hall
Jenna Cooper (Austin History Center) and Elizabeth Stauber (Hogg Foundation for Mental Health) are members of Dell Med's Austin State Hospital (ASH) Brain Health System Redesign project - History of ASH workgroup tasked with developing recommendations for meaningful ways to preserve the Austin State Hospital’s history and to share how the campus and treatment for mental illness have evolved since 1856. In this presentation, Cooper and Stauber speak on their experiences modeling interventions in their work as archivists that are more gender, race and neurodiverse inclusive.
Migration Stories Workshop | Facilitated by Artist Mark Menjivar
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 5:00 pm | Brazos Hall
Migration Stories is an oral history project focusing on personal narratives of how we arrived to where we are now. We all have a migration story, some are closer than others. Participants to this event will learn more about the project and be invited to explore their own family history. Together we will produce broadsides of our own migration stories to be shared at the Center for the Study of the Southwest in the coming months.
Forget the Alamo: Popular Memory and Public History
Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 12:30pm | Online via Zoom and in person at TMH 101
Dr. Lynn Denton joins the authors of Forget the Alamo: the Rise and Fall of an American myth, Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford, as they put together a vivid and skilled picture of the way a public history gets made in Texas, using the subsequent chroniclers of the 1836 siege of the Alamo as their template.
Embodied Knowledge and Accordion Music: History, Place, and Dance in the Texas Mexican Conjunto
Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 1:00 pm
Dr. Pérez will discuss conjunto as a form of embodied knowledge rooted in the lived experiences of Texas Mexicans in the mid-20th century, situated within a larger conversation around identity, cultural memory, and decolonial struggles. His presentation will focus upon the conjunto dance style called the taquachito, or little possum, and its enduring significance.
The Center for the Study of the Southwest is co-sponsoring a poetry reading on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Arts and Craft Bar in Lockhart.
The reading will feature:
Jacinto Cardona, recipient of a Ford Salute for Education Award for the Arts in 2002 and a Gemini Ink, "Voz de San Antonio" Poetry Award in 2014.
Juan R. Paloma, a Texas State Alumni and former writer for La Otra Voz, The Hays County Citizen, The Houston Post, Austin American Statesman, and USA Today, and has had poems published in numerous publications and poetry collections.
With performances by Lility and Sarah Tijeina, and Kiko Vallamizar.
Books and Bookstores in the Chicano Movement: A Publisher Remembers
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom and Brazos Hall
In 1978, a group of friends in West Side San Antonio gathered to put together a bookstore, a cultural center and a publishing house in a church basement. Rolando Cortez, one of the organizers, reflects on the work Penca Books and the Penca Books cultural center did in and for the Chicano movement, for San Antonio, for Texas and for the greater Southwest.
Join Linda Rivas and the Council for the Indigenous and Tejano Community for a mural dedication party on Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 at the Quinta Caporales Meat Market in San Marcos! They will have live music by El Combo Oscuro, tacos, and fun activities for the kids! More information can be found on the group Facebook page.
Cultural Production, Place and Power
Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom
The CSSW, the English Department, the History Department and the College of Liberal Arts are sponsoring a dialogue about art, culture and power based in The Little Art Colony and US Modernism. Professor Jennifer Marshall, an art historian, and Geneva Gano, a cultural studies specialist, discuss the methodological challenges and scholarly rewards involved in closely examining smaller and racially segregated hubs of cultural activity like Taos, Carmel and Provincetown.
Public Schools in the Life of a Community: Centering Black Youth in Austin's Stories
Monday, April 19, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom
In 1970, when the Supreme Court mandated the de-segregation of Austin’s public schools, Austin’s organized black communities faced a radically different political landscape. Roxanne Evans’ award-winning coverage examined the decisions to close integrated Black majority high schools, the experience of busing, local Black mobilization for school boards and the renewed challenges in the 80s and 90s. Here, Roxanne Evans explores the ways these movements’ victories and challenges still shape local politics in Travis County.
In November 2019, a group of Texas State based photographers worked with artist Will Wilson (Dine), learning tintype techniques alongside the overlapping history of the American capture of native communities and Dine’ lives in prisons and photographs after Civil War times.
What brings these portraits and photographers together is their experience on many sides of the tintype photo exchange, their ongoing work with photography and their commitment to challenge hierarchies embedded in a more democratic and inclusive practice of photography.
The portraits included here were completed after the photo exchange and were first printed during the first COVID19 wave in Texas. You can view the exhibit online or in person in Brazos Hall through the Summer of 2021.
Claudia Cardona's Debut Reviewed in the Texas Observer
Claudia D. Cardona's poetry collection, What Remains, emerged from her thesis work at Texas State. Some of which was written in the Brazos during her time as the Center's Editorial Fellow.
What Remains is a love poem to San Antonio and Claudia's way of preserving the place where she grew up before it vanishes to gentrification and time.
Read what the Texas Observer had to say about Claudia's debut collection.
Surgery, Settler-Colonialism and Fetal Personhood: A View from New Spain and Mexico, 1770-1840
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom
During the eighteenth century, Catholic authorities became increasingly preoccupied with unborn life. Cesarean surgery was a key part of this effort. Medical humanities scholars Elizabeth O’Brien and Altina Hoti will discuss their NEH- sponsored translation project on obstetric writings, placing Indigenous and multi-ethnic Mexico at the heart of global histories of fetal personhood, addressing why this history of forced surgeries continues to affect Church and State approaches to reproductive politics today.
Feminist Ferment: Women Brewing Change in Texas
Monday, April 5, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom
The Texas Craft Brewery scene has become a key emerging sector in the new Texas oil adjacent economy. In an industry built on memories, nostalgias and often, a sense of camaraderie, putting together a brewery provides a set of challenges and unanticipated opportunities for women, as managers, owners, investors, brewmasters and chefs. Geographer Delorean Wiley uses the tools and skills in geography to document, contextualize and analyze the place of women in an industry deeply tied to neighborhood identities and changing self-images.
Migrant Workers and the Right to Health Care in the U.S.
Monday, March 8, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom
Migrant workers are one of the groups with the least access to health care in the United States. Few have health insurance, and many are subject to unsafe and unhealthy conditions on the job. Yet, surprisingly, migrants have played an important part in expanding access to health care for all Americans. Historian Beatrix Hoffman will discuss migrants' role in the struggle for rights in America's unequal health system. Her talk will focus on two Arizona law cases in 1970s in which migrants fought back against being denied medical treatment, and in the process helped create new rights to health care.
Locating Race in Mexican Art, 1750-1850: Indigenous and Black Subjects in the Colonial and Early National Periods
Locating Race in Mexican Art, 1750-1850:
Indigenous and Black Subjects in the Colonial and Early National Periods
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom
In this talk, Dr. Hernández-Durán will focus on a transitional period in Mexican art history, 1750–1850, and will explore the role of the Academy of San Carlos in shaping Mexican art production from the late colonial period into the first three decades following independence. By looking at the academy in Mexico City during this period, we can trace how the image of the Indian was transformed and the Black subject gradually erased as the colonial period came to an end and independent Mexico began to take form.
Power and Political Theatre at the Capitol
Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Online Via Zoom
The Zócalo – the central plaza in Mexico City – is the place to stage for central stories about Mexico’s past and future. From ethnic diversity and racial hierarchy during Spanish rule and ethnic politics and state authority, Dr. Ana Martínez’ book Performance in the Zocalo tracks five different moments – from the early conquest through the Porfiriato and past the Zapatista uprising – to examine the way different actors played and challenged the roles available to them in the Plaza Mayor.
2020 Undergraduate Research Essay Winner
The 2020 undergraduate research essay winner Madeline Deskin focused on transnational organizing by U.S. labor radicals during the Mexican Revolution. Her research initially focused on peonage and forced labor in the Houston area, but as she pored through the digital archive held by Alkek, she noticed that several journalists started covering events in Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon. As she realized that the labor beat for the chronicle started including events in Mexico, the research project changed focus to examine the impact of labor unrest in Mexico on these journalists’ understanding of labor and politics. Deskin even pulled out how the journalists covered how conservative sectors in Mexico – allies of Porfirio Diaz – had already started mobilizing politically in the United States to affect domestic politics.
What Deskin’s paper demonstrates – and is a finding that needs demonstrating again and again – is that Mexico and the United States are deeply connected. Moreover, that this fact is repeatedly discovered to U.S. journalists’ surprise and chagrin. Moreover, her paper shows that you can do research on an aspect of transnational history without leaving the United States.
What the essays by both Isabel Lozoya (2019) and Madeline Deskin (2020) show is that students at Texas State have an overriding interest the transnational processes and cultures that bind people together across borders in Northern Mexico and the United States Southwest.
The Aleyda Gonzalez Mckiernan Undergraduate Research Essay Prize Committee was happy to award Madeline Deskin the prize. The committee also looks forward to reviewing essays that contribute to our understanding of the Southwest and sharing the scholarship money and the recognition with students.
The CSSW is accepting applications for the 2021 Aleyda Gonzalez Mckiernan Undergraduate Research Essay Prize.