Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Latina/o Images for the 21st Century: Interethnic Relations and Politics of Representation in the United States


Date: January 10 - 12, 2008

Scientific Organization: Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez (Leipzig), Gary Keller (Tempe), Josef Raab (Duisburg-Essen) Sebastian Thies (Bielefeld)

Funded by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and the Thyssen Foundation, the ZiF workshop brought together an international group of scholars from the humanities and social sciences, among them 14 scholars from eminent centers of Latino Studies at universities in California, Arizona, and New York. The workshop (the sixth inter-American symposium held at the ZiF since 2002) discussed the social functions and changes of ethnic images in the United States since the 1990s. Key topics included images of Latina/o ethnicity in the media, cultural production, literature, political representation, the labor market, education, and demographics. Ethnic identity was explored in relation to gender, education, family values, social mobility, national identification, and other factors. An exhibition of contemporary Latina/o art from the collection of the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University complemented the conference.

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