Ariana Ochoa Camacho, the César Chávez fellow for 2012-2013, is a Ph.D. candidate in the American Studies Program at New York University in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis. She holds a MA in Communication from San Francisco State University and a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College. In San Francisco, Ariana also received another education working with community organizations where her first hand experiences with communities of color offered her an on-the-ground-analysis of race that now complements her academic research. Her work elaborates how Colombian migrants articulate ideals of belonging in dynamic tension with U.S. racial structures. Her dissertation investigates the racial performances of Colombian migrants in New York as part of a creative petition that simultaneously refuses their marking as it is shaped by their racialization. Her dissertation is entitled: " Racial Longings, Migrant Belongings."
LALACS is sponsoring a luncheon talk on Tuesday, May 7 at noon in the LALACS House
"Based in Respect: Street Politics and Vernacular Sovereignty in Post-Dictatorial Haiti"
Prof. Chelsey Kivland of the Anthropology Dept. at Dartmouth will be the speaker.
Neighborhood-based organizations, or "bases" (baz), in urban Haiti were at the heart of the popular movement that toppled the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986 and ushered in an era of democratic hope for the poor majority. Yet today they are better known as the "gang" that exercise political and economic control in the popular quarters. How did this happen? This presentation addresses this question by showing how the base cannot be separated from the fragmentation of state power that accompanied the democratic transition. In the context of a weak government, foreign intervention, and a vanishing public sector, these localized collectives emerged as key sites for building political community and negotiating ties with those in power or, as they say, "We make the state!"
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