El Mundo Zurdo 2019



Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

October 31 – November 2, 2019






Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport/ 95 NE Loop 410/ San Antonio TX, 78216

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an international conference on the life and work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa


The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa and The Women’s Studies Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio with the collaboration of the University of Texas-Pan American

May 16-19, 2012
San Antonio, Texas


Once again, the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA) and the Women’s Studies Institute (WSI) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) welcome you, les damos la bienvenida to San Antonio where, for a few days in May, we will inhabit El Mundo Zurdo, a space where we share stories, scholarship, and dreams.
Two years after Anzaldúa’s untimely death, the Society was born to provide a space for students, scholars and community to come together to continue with Anzaldúa’s vision and passion. In 2007, the WSI became the SSGA’s academic home. Since 2009, every 18 months, in November and in May, the SSGA and WSI as co-sponsors of the conference host El Mundo Zurdo with the hope that you enjoy celebrating the life and work of one of our Tejana sisters, whose words have touched the world.
The world has changed in the years since we established the SSGA: our community resists the vicious attacks on Ethnic Studies and on Latin@ culture and literature, through such as the legal actions in Arizona and other states. We yearn for the transformation of our society and of our world so that indeed no one will die, no one will suffer, no one will be considered less because of the color of her/his skin, sexuality, language, culture, or place of origin. So, we continue our work remembering Anzaldúa’s dictum to do work that matters. We create El Mundo Zurdo 2012 in response to the current climate in our country and in the world, bringing together scholars, artists, performers, community activists and students to share their vision of transformative social action.
El Mundo Zurdo 2012 is a testament to the interest and commitment of many people, and we want to acknowledge all who have labored to make it happen. Without the scholars and students whose continued engagement with Anzaldúa’s work energizes and gives SSGA life, without the community’s desire to remember and keep Anzaldúa’s life and work at the center of much needed work for social change, SSGA would not exist. El Mundo Zurdo would not exist.
We hope that you will join us in 18 months at El Mundo Zurdo 2013 to be held in November 2013.

The Organizing Committee: Norma Alarcón, Alejandra Barrientos, Norma E. Cantú, Antonia Castañeda, Anel I. Flores, Magda García, Christina Gutiérrez, Margarita Higareda, Larissa Mercado-López, Keta Miranda, Carolyn Motley, Elvia Niebla, Elsa C. Ruiz, Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Glenda Schaffer, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Megan Wallace
¡Que viva el mundo zurdo!


Wednesday May 16, 2012
10 AM
EL RETORNO 2: The Valley Remembers Gloria–Ceremony
Valle de la Paz Cementerio, Hargill, Texas
Prof. Aída Hurtado
“Gloria Anzaldúa’s Geographies of the Soul: You Can Never go Home Again, but you can Return to The Valley” University of Texas, Pan American– Ballroom
Edinburg, Texas

Thursday May 17, 2012
1:00 to 3:00 PM Workshop
Deborah “Kuetzpalin”Vásquez Bihl Haus
300 Quentin Drive
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 383-9723
3:00 to 6:00 PM Workshop
Ari Chagoya
UTSA, Downtown Campus
6:00 to 9:00 PM Welcome Reception
ANEL I. FLORES, CURATOR Durango Building 1.124
Southwest Gallery

Friday May 18, 2012
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM REGISTRATION Buena Vista Lobby
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Welcome: Dr. Norma E. Cantú, SSGA
Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hull, WSI
Buena Vista Theater
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Opening Plenary
President Nancy “Rusty” Barceló
“Beyond Borderlands: New Consciousness for Institutional Transformation”
Buena Vista Theater
(BV 1.326)
10:00 AM to 10:15 AM BREAK Assembly Room
(BV 1.338)

Friday May 18, 2012
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions 1 A-F Buena Vista (BV)
and Frío (F) Rooms
1A (BV 1.318) Panel: “Online Movidas: Transforming Images and Feminisms”
Moderator: Anne Martínez, University of Texas, Austin
1. Mónica de La Torre, University of Washington, Seattle, “Transforming Digital Spaces: The Sound of Chicana Feminisms”
2. Nancy Pérez, Arizona State University, “Online Movements: The National Domestic Workers Alliance”
3. Elizabeth Cortez, University of Washington, Seattle, “Generating Latinas: Online Images and the Mechanisms of the Google Search Engine”

1B (BV 3.304 ) Panel: “Transforming Narratives”
Moderator: V. June Pedraza, Northwest Vista College
1. Anita Revilla Tijerina, University of Nevada, Las Vegas “Anzalduista Love: Using Art, Poetry and Theory to Understand Radical Feminist and Queer Love”
2. Mario Lucero, University of Illinois—Chicago, “The Ultimate Shadow-Beast”
3. Nancy Ledesma, University of California, Berkeley, “Transforming our Narratives: Chicana Animation & Storytelling”

1C (F 3.512) Panel: “Challenging Gender/Sexuality in Traditional Spaces”
Moderator: Elizabeth Rodriguez, Texas Women’s University
1. Marisa González, San Antonio, “From Danzante to Dancer: Negotiations of Gendered Spaces”
2. Susana Ramírez, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Nepantleando Son Jarocho: Offering Alternative Visions for Son Jarocho Communities”
3. Maribel Hermosillo, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Nepantlera: The Spiritual Quest in a Male Centric Culture”

1D (F 3.520) Panel: “Border Crossing and Transformation of Chicanas and Latinoamericanas at UNAM’s PUEG Mexico 2011”
Moderator: Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Trinity University
Respondent: Marisa Belausteguigoitia,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
1. María del Socorro Gutiérrez-Magallanes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
2. Cristina Serna, University of California, Santa Barbara
3. Sonia Mariscal, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
4. Selen Arango, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

1E (F 3.528) Roundtable: “The Calmécac Collective, or, How to Survive the Academic Industrial Complex through Radical Indigenous Practices”
Moderator: Brenci Patiño, Mary Baldwin College
1. Catalina Bartlett, Texas A&M University
2. Casie C. Cobos, Texas A&M University
3. Marcos Del Hierro, Texas A&M University
4. Victor J. Del Hierro, Texas A&M University
5. Qwo-Li Driskill, Texas A&M University
6. Aydé Enriquez-Loya, Texas A&M University
7. Stephanie Wheeler, Texas A&M University

I. F. (BV 1.328) Panel: “Anzaldúa Plus: New Directions in Anzaldúan Studies for the Twenty-First Century”
Moderator: AnaLouise Keating
1. Nicole K. Nieto, The Ohio State University, “Domestic Altars as Borderlands: Gendered Spaces and the Construction of the AltarNarrative in Women’s Life Histories”
2. Aliscia R. Rogers, Texas Women’s University, “Conocimiento Transformation: Wrestling with Nepantla”
3. Victoria A. Genetin, The Ohio State University, “Transforming Feminist Pedagogy: A Dialogue with Gloria Anzaldúa and Thich Nhat Hahn”
4. AnaLouise Keating, Texas Women’s University, “Toward a Womanist Theory-Praxis of Spiritual Activism”
Friday May 18

11:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Durango Student Lounge (D 1.116)

11:45 AM to1:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 2 A-F Buena Vista (BV)
and Frío (F) Rooms

2A (BV 1.318) Panel: “‘Oye como ladra: el lenguaje de la frontera’–Reclaiming Language to Construct Alternative Notions of Identity and Immigration”
Moderator: Irene Mata, Wellesley College
1. Lourdes Mendoza, Wellesley College, “Transgressing the Normative Legal Language and Immigrant Narratives for Women and LGBT People In the ‘Third’ Space”
2. Silvia Galis-Menéndez, Wellesley College, “‘People, Listen to What Your Jotería Is Saying’: Using Queerness in Anzaldúan Theory to Construct Consciousness and Narrative through Collaborative Art”
3. Briana Calleros, Wellesley College, “No Way! ¡Sí, Güey!: Arizona’s SB 1070 and Other Unbelievably Racist Anti-Immigrant Legislation”
4. América Martínez, University of California, Los Angeles, “Distorting Friendship at ‘Friendship Park’: A Gathering of a Pueblo, Culture, Music—Despite the Real and Imagined Border Walls”

2B (BV 3.304) Panel: “Construction of Mestiza Identities Through the Aesthetics of Self”
Moderator: Teresita Aguilar, Our Lady of the Lake University
Discussant: Chela Sandoval, University of California, Santa Barbara
1. Aída Hurtado, University of California, Santa Barbara
2. William Calvo, University of California, Santa Barbara
3. Jessica López Lyman, University of California, Santa Barbara

2C (F 3.512) Panel: “Memoir and Incorporating Anzaldúa’s Seven Pathways of Conocimiento”
Moderator: Cordelia Barrera, Texas Tech University
1. V. June Pedraza, Northwest Vista College, “Transformation: Learning to Live by the Seven Pathways of Conocimiento”
2. George Hartley, Ohio University, “Gloria, My Spirit Guide”
3. Mirtha Quintanales, New Jersey City University, “Gloria of the Spirit: Teacher, Friend and Fellow Pilgrim on the Path”

2D (F 3.520 ) Workshop/Performance: “Dear Gloria, Wish You Were Here: Poetic Postcards from La Frontera”
Moderator: Lenora Perry-Samaniego, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Lauren Espinoza
2. Lady Marisposa (aka Verónica Sandoval)
3. Poeta Power (La Erika)

2E (F 3.528) Panel: “Nepantlera Teachers and Sustained Literature Study of Immigration”
Moderator: Elsa Ruiz, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. María E. Fránquiz, University of Texas at Austin
2. Antonieta Ávila, University of Texas at Austin
3. Brenda Ayala, Austin Independent School District

2F (BV 1.328) Workshop: “entre nos”
Moderator: Patricia Portales, San Antonio College
Presenter: Fabiola Ochoa Torralba

Friday May 18, 2012
1:15 PM to 2:30 PM LUNCH DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom
Aunt Lute Books Presents: El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Meetings of The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa 2010
& 25th Anniversary Edition of Borderlands/ La Frontera
2:45 PM to 4:00 PM Concurrent Sessions 3 A-F Buena Vista (BV)
and Frío (F) Rooms

3A (BV 1.318) Panel: “Transforming Borders, Literary and Otherwise”
Moderator: Keta Miranda, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Rosana Blanco-Cano, Trinity University, “Caramelo o Puro Cuento de Sandra Cisneros: reconstrucción de cuerpos fronterizos” (IN SPANISH)
2. Roberta Hurtado, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Breaking Borders: Transethnic Dialogue Between Julia de Burgos and Gloria Anzaldúa as a Third Space Feminist Methodology to Reach Conocimiento”
3. Rose Rodríguez-Rabin, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Unleashing the Untamed Tongue(s)/ Activist Literature in the 21st Century”
3B (BV 1.328) Panel: “La Guerrillera Project: Dando a Luz con la Magia del Arte”
Moderator: Elizabeth de la Portilla, San Antonio College
1. Debora Kuetzpaltzin Vásquez, Bihl Haus Arts, “Sobreviviente: Gunaa Xoo Transforming Life”
2. Barbara Renaud González, Bihl Haus Arts, “Diidxa: Transforming Through the Weaving of Words”
3. Bianca Mari Sapet, P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, “Xochiketzal: Transforming Violence into Flowering Scrolls”

3C (F 3.512) Panel: “Transformations and Spiritual Conocimientos”
Moderator: Theresa Delgadillo, Ohio State University
1. Kelli D. Zaytoun, Wright State University, “Conocimiento, Self, and the Move from Oppositional to Coalitional Politics”
2. Brenda Sendejo, Southwestern University, “Our Lady of Guadalupe/Tonantzin and Spiritual Activism: Ethnographic Narratives of Self Transformation and Social Justice”
3. Elizabeth G. Chapa, Texas A&M University—Kingsville, “Lucha, Lengua, y Revolución: Spiritual Awareness and Conocimiento in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints and Watsonville: Some Place Not Here”

3D (F 3.520) Panel: “Gloria Anzaldúa in an International/Transfrontera World”
Moderator: Myrriah Gómez, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Paola Bacchetta, University of California, Berkeley, “Queer Transnational-Transfrontera Transformationality: Anzaldúa and QPOC in France”
2. Natalia Thompson, Yale University, “Desde ‘el afuera’: Transfronteriza Lesbian-Feminist Acts of Resistance and Transformation”
3. Tereza Jiroutova Kynčlová, Charles University, Prague, “White Has Many Shades of Color: How Can Chicano/a Studies Help Czech Roma?”
4. Jade T. Hidle, University of California, San Diego, “Borderlands/Nủớc: The Mixed-Race Vietnamese American Body as a Border”

3E (F 3.528) Panel: “Teaching and Social Justice Pedagogy”
Moderator: Elsa C. Ruiz, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. C. Alejandra Elenes, Arizona State University, “Nepantla, Spiritual Activism, New Tribalism: Social Justice Pedagogy”
2. Kandace Creel Falcón, Minnesota State University Moorhead, “‘No Topic Is too Trivial’: Fusing Anzaldúan Commitments to Social, Political, and Spiritual Transformations in Writing and the Classroom.”
3. Theresa Torres, University of Missouri—Kansas City, “Spirituality, Scholarship, and Teaching: Following Gloria’s Way of Being the Activist Scholar Professor”
4. Irene Mónica Sánchez, University of Washington, “A Testimonio of Transformation: Healing Ourselves, Healing our Communities; The Journey of a Xicana in Graduate School””

3F (BV 3.304) Panel: “Intimate Violence and Terrorism: Exploring Theories Against Violence in Anzaldúa’s Queer and Feminist Architecture”
Moderator: Sonia Saldívar-Hull, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Megan Sibbett, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Shock and Coffee: Elaborating the Subtleties of Anzaldúa’s Theory of Intimate Terrorism”
2. Anna Billingsley, University of Texas at San Antonio, “‘Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin:’ Resisting Anti-Gay Christian Rhetoric by Implementing the Power of Active Choice”
3. Hayley Goldsmith, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Anzaldúa’s Intersexed Mestiza: Contending with an Ambiguous Violence”

4:00 TO 4:15 PM BREAK Durango Student Lounge
(D 1.116)

4:15 PM to 5:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions 4 A-E Buena Vista (BV)
and Frío (F) Rooms

4A (BV 1.318) Panel: “Transformative Practices: Economic and Coalitional Politics”
Moderator: Margaret Cantú-Sánchez, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Maylei Blackwell, University of California, Los Angeles, “Nepantla Strategies: Women’s Farm Worker Organizing in the Era of Neoliberal Globalization”
2. Kamala Platt, “The Making of Cultural Poetics of Environmental Justice and Paradigms for Ecological, Cultural & Economic Transformations in An Age of Global Warming”
3. Cathryn Merla Watson, “Encrucijadas: Borderland Assemblages, Historical im/Materialism, and Anzaldúa’s New Mestiza”

4B (BV 3.304) Panel: “Anzaldúan Interventions in Theories and Discourses of Gender and Sexuality”
Moderator: Megan Sibbett, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. J. Frank Galarte, University of Arizona,“El Sabor del Amor y del Dolor in Aztlán: Trans* Chican@ Teorías”
2. Betsy Dahms, University of Kentucky, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Inefficacy of the Closet as Construct in Gloria Anzaldúa’s ‘El Paisano is a bird of good omen’”
3. Beth Hernández-Jason, University of California, Merced, “A New Literary Affiliation? Gloria Anzaldúa and John Rechy”

4C (BV 1.328) Panel: “Chicana Feminist Publishing”
Moderator: Sara Ramírez, University of California, Berkeley
1. Norma Alarcón, UC Berkeley, Third Woman Press
2. Elizabeth C. Martínez, DePaul University, Diálogo
3. Josie Méndez-Negrete, University of Texas at San Antonio, Chicana/Latina Studies Journal
4. Gloria Ramírez, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, La Voz de Esperanza

Friday May 18, 2012

4D (F 3.520 ) Panel: “Tlilli,Tlapalli: Critical Work and Poetry Readings”
Moderator: Glenda Schaffer, Northwest Vista College
1. Christopher Carmona, Texas A&M University, “I Have Always Been Here”
2. Isaac Chavarría, Texas A&M University, and Gabriel H. Sánchez, Texas A&M University, The Raving Press and South Texas College, “De Pocho a Chicano, y Back: Poetry y Plática”
3. Chris Grooms, Collin College –Spring Creek Campus, “Anzaldúa’s Aztec Ink”

4E (F 3.528) Panel: “Anzaldúan Principles in High School Education”
Moderator: María Arreguin-Anderson, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Mónica E. Montelongo, Texas Tech University, “The Anzaldúan Heroine: Mestiza Consciousness in the Classroom”
2. Jean Rockford Aguilar-Valdez, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Transforming Identities in the Worlds of High School Science: Latin@ High School Science Students’ Traversing Cultural Borderlands and World-Travelling through Nepantla and Loving Playfulness”
3. Elsa C. Ruiz, University of Texas, San Antonio, “Transforming Mathematics for the High School Classroom”

7:30 PM to 9:00PM CULTURAL NIGHT / NOCHE DE CULTURA Buena Vista Theater
(BV 1.326)








Emcees: Rita Urquijo-Ruiz & Susana Ramírez

Daniela Rojas
Short Film: Coatlicue: A Protean Being

“Carabina 30-30″ & “Vaquero”

Carmencristina Moreno is a 2nd generation professional musician and NEA 2003 Bess Lomas Hawes Award recipient who learned Mexican folk music from her parents, traditional musician-composers El Dueto de Los Moreno. But Carmencristina, born In East Los Angeles, is now a bi-lingual singer-composer performer in her own right, who has acted in films, recorded for major labels, and now, at every opportunity, uses her music to bring awareness to themes and topics relevant to the reality of today’s Latinos.
Brenda Romero
“La Cautiva Marcelina” & “Sol que tú eres”

Brenda M. Romero is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She played the violin for the Pueblo of Jemez “Matachina” between 1989 – 1998 and conducted fieldwork on the Matachines Danza as a Fulbright García-Robles Scholar in Mexico in 2000-2001 and as a Fulbright Colombia Scholar in spring of 2011.

Nancy “Rusty” Barceló
Tribute to Gloria Anzaldúa

Rusty Barceló a long-time multicultural educational advocate is currently President and Professor at Northern New Mexico College in Española, New Mexico. She is originally from Merced, California where she began her journey of becoming the Chicana she is today as reflected in the songs she writes and performs.
Martha González
“Imaginaries” & “Tragafuegos”

Martha González is a Chian@ artivista (artist/activist), Fulbright fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Washington, Seattle in the Gender Women and Sexuality Studies Department. She has also been deeply involved in Fandango Sin Fronteras, an informal transnational music movement between Chican@s in the U.S and Jarocho musicians from Veracruz, Mexico.

Fandango Tejas
A selection of Sones Jarochos

A collective of jaraneros/as will share in the fandango spirit of Veracruz sones jarochos that exemplify the practice of building community through music. The practitioners of this musical tradition invite anyone in the audience who wants to participate to join them on stage.

Saturday May 19, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Registration Buena Vista Lobby
9:00AM to 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions 5 A-E Buena Vista (BV) and Frío (F) Rooms

5A (BV 1.318) Panel: “Chicanas, Music and Consciousness”
Moderator: Sonia Valencia, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. 1. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, Northern New Mexico College, “A Song for Gloria”
2. Brenda M. Romero, University of Colorado at Boulder, “Music and Chicana Identity”
3. Carmencristina Moreno, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, “What am I Going to do with What I have learned?”
4. Martha González, University of Washington, Seattle “Chicana@ artivistas at the Insersection of Imagination and Hope”

5B (BV 3.304) Workshop: “Not Your Abuelita’s Lotería: We are Talkin’ About Our Jotería”
Moderator: Brenda Rodríguez, University of Texas, San Antonio
1. Audrey Silvestre, Independent Scholar
2. Nadia Zepeda, California State University, Northridge

5C (F 3.512 ) Roundtable:“Transformational Collectivity”
Moderator: Sophia Rivera, University of Texas, San Antonio
1. María del Socorro Gutiérrez-Magallanes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
2. Theresa Clark, University of New Mexico
3. Irene Mónica Sánchez, University of Washington

5D (F 3.520) Roundtable: “Poetry and the Shadow Beast: Reclaiming Body Consciousness”
Moderator: Kathleen Palomo, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Emmy Pérez, University of Texas-Pan American
2. José Antonio Rodríguez, Independent Artist
3. Mayra Lobato, Independent Artist
4. Amanda Jasso, University of Washington

5E (F 3.528) Panel: “Performing Anzaldúa: Three Expressions of her Theory”
Moderator: Margarita Higareda, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Berenice Dimas, Texas Women’s University, “De Colores Spirit Warriors: A Short Film”
2. Griselda “La RaNa” Muñoz, University of Texas, El Paso, “‘NAGUALeando,’ A One Woman Show”
3. Patricia Pedroza, Keene State College, “La Morena y el Toro/TORITO: A Mestiza Possibility when Serpent is not the Symbol of Female Sexuality”

10:15 to 10:30 AM BREAK
Durango Student Lounge (D1.116)
10:30 TO 11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions 6 A-F
Buena Vista (BV)
and Frío (F) Rooms
6A (BV 1.318) Panel: “Theoretical Approaches to Anzaldúa: From the Archive to the Classroom”
Moderator: Betsy Dahms, University of Kentucky
1. Marivel T. Danielson, Arizona State University, “Say My Name: Transforming Midwestern Chican@ Silence into Anzaldúan Action”
2. Erin Álvarez, California State University, Fresno, “Xicana Enough? : A Creative Analysis of Ethnic Duality Through Theory in the Flesh and Conocimiento in Central California”
3. Irma Vargas Rosas, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Not so Fast Buck-o!: Gloria Anzaldúa’s ‘Geography of Selves:’ Their Colonization by Another European in the 21st Century”
4. Lisa Walden Cortez, Incarnate Word University, “Unseaming La Boca: Defining Our Terms Entre Academia y Teatro”

6B (BV 3.304) Workshop/Performance: “Womyn and Social Justice: Creative Performance Through the Art of Movement”: Movimiento Cihuatl
Moderator: Rose Rodríguez Rabin, University of Texas, San Antonio
1. Giomara Bazaldúa
2. Yasmina Codina
3. Genevieve Gonzales
4. Marisa González
5. Daisy Hernández
6. Fabiola Ochoa Torralba

6C (F 3.512) C. Panel: “Spaces and Place of Spirituality”
Moderator: Brenda Sendejo, Southwestern University
1. Bernadine Hernández, University of California—San Diego, “So Far from Religion, So Close to Spirituality: Spiritual Activism as a Functioning Utopia/Dystopia Spatial Enclave”
2. Cordelia E. Barrera, Texas Tech University, “Unearthing an Ecological Trajectory: An Anzaldúan Reading of Morales’s The Rag Doll Plagues”
3. Myrriah Gómez, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Exposing Inter-Faces/Interfaces: The Faceless Guadalupe(s) of Marion C. Martínez”

6 D (F 3.520) Performances: “Xicana Indígena Wombyn Nation: The Emerging Generation”
Moderator: Magda García University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Felicia “Fe” Montes, Mujeres de Maíz, In Lak’Ech, UC Santa Barbara and East LA College
2. Griselda “La RaNa” Muñoz, University of Texas, El Paso
3. Berenice Dimas, Texas Women’s University

6E (F 3.528) Roundtable: “Reconceptualizing Artistic Borders: An Anzaldúa Art Exhibit at the University of Texas, Pan-American”
Moderator: Anel Flores, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
1. Stephanie Álvarez, University of Texas Pan-American
2. Stephanie Brock, University of Texas Pan-American
3. Lauren Espinoza, University of Texas Pan-American
4. Orquídea Morales, University of Michigan

6F (BV 1.328) Panel: “Genealogies of the Archive, Queer Desire, and Feminist Consciousness”
Moderator: Candace De León Zepeda, University of Texas at San Antonio
1. Carolina Núñez-Puente, University of La Coruña, “Transforming Genealogies at the G.E.A. Archive: When Borderlands Was (Only) a Poetry Manuscript”
2. Edwina Barvosa, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Interpreting Queer Desire in Anzaldúa and Shakespeare’s Sonnets”
3. Elizabeth Cali, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Problematic Feminization and Misogyny in Alejandro Morales’s The Brick People: Mapping Interstices for Engendering Third Space Feminist Consciousness”

12:00 to 1:00 P.M. Closing Plenary:
Dr. Norma Alarcón
“ANZALDUAN TEXTUALITIES: The Coyolxauhqui Imperative” Buena Vista Theater
(BV 1.326)
1:00-1:30 PM Closing Ceremony Buena Vista Theater
(BV 1.326)


Adriana M García, artist, muralist, and scenic designer was born and raised in the Westside of San Antonio. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. García has created scenic work with el Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, California as well as organizations in San Antonio such as the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. She has created community murals with San Anto Cultural Arts Center and Casa de la Cultura in Del Río, Texas, so as to give voice to mental health and immigrations issues. Adriana currently worked on a mural at the South West Workers Union, in San Antonio. Of her artworks she notes, “I create as a way to document the lives I’ve shared in, it provides a way to honor a person’s existence and make visible the marks they have imprinted upon me and the environment- a legacy left as well as those still to come. Intimacy abounds in lives encountered. I aim to extract the inherent liminality of a moment before action as a way to articulate our stories.”


Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló is currently the president of Northern New Mexico College. Dr. Barceló earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare and Corrections from Chico State University and her Master of Arts degree in Recreational Education from the University of Iowa. She left the University of Iowa to assume the position of Coordinator of Educational Opportunity Services at the University of Oregon from 1973 to 1975. After her time in Oregon, she returned to the University of Iowa where, in 1980, she became the first Mexican-American to earn a doctoral degree. Prior to accepting the position of Northern New Mexico College president, Dr. Barceló served as Vice Provost and Vice President for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota. Her honors include establishment of the Rusty Barceló Award at the University of Minnesota that honors faculty, staff and students who, through their own work on campus, foster multicultural community building. In 2004, Barceló received the Ohtli award, a special recognition presented by the Mexican government to Mexicans or Latinos whose work has benefited Mexicans living abroad. Dr. Barceló is credited as the moving force behind the National Initiative for Women in Higher Education (NIWHE). She has chaired Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) and the Washington State Native American Advisory Board (NAAB).

Dr. Norma Alarcón is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate in Spanish literature from the University of Indiana. Dr. Alarcón is a noted scholar in the areas of cultural criticism, feminist critical theory, and studies of Chicanas/Latinas and women of color. Her essays and editorial endeavors have informed Chicana Studies and continue to be revolutionary for contemporary theories of Chicana subjectivity. In 1979, Dr. Alarcón founded Third Woman Press in order to establish a space for women of color to publish their varied works. Some of her publications include, “Chicana Feminisms: In the Tracks of the Native Woman” and “Anzaldúa’s Frontera: Inscribing Gynetics.” Dr. Alarcon, along with Caren Kaplan and Minoo Moallem, is also the editor of Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State. She received the NACCS Scholar of the Year Award and the Modern Languages Chican@ Section Scholar of the Year award.

April is National Poetry Month….here is a poem by Gloria Anzaldúa…

Reprinted from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Copyright I987 by Gloria Anzaldua

To live in the Borderlands means you

are neither hispana india negra espanola ni gabacha, eres mestiza, mulata, half-breed caught in the crossfire between camps while carrying all five races on your back not knowing which side to turn to, run from;

To live in the Borderlands means knowing that the india in you, betrayed for Soo years, is no longer speaking to you, that mexicanas call you rajetas, that denying the Anglo inside you is as bad as having denied the Indian or Black;

Cuando vives en la frontera

people walk through you, the wind steals your voice, you’re a burra, buey, scapegoat, forerunner of a new race, half and half-both woman and man, neithera new gender;

To live in the Borderlands means to put chile in the borscht, eat whole wheat tortillas, speak Tex-Mex with a Brooklyn accent; be stopped by la migra at the border checkpoints;

Living in the Borderlands means you fight hard to resist the gold elixir beckoning from the bottle, the pull of the gun barrel, the rope crushing the hollow of your throat;

In the Borderlands you are the battleground where enemies are kin to each other; you are at home, a stranger, the border disputes have been settled the volley of shots have shattered the truce you are wounded, lost in action dead, fighting back;

To live in the Borderlands means the mill with the razor white teeth wants to shred off your olive-red skin, crush out the kernel, your heart pound you pinch you roll you out smelling like white bread but dead;

To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras be a crossroads.

Reprinted from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Copyright I987 by Gloria Anzaldua


We begin our blog for the SSGA with words of welcome and images of artwork from El Mundo Zurdo conferences.  We welcome anyone interested in the life and work of Gloria Anzaldúa to join us as we celebrate her life and wisdom.

In this space, we will focus on the conference, El Mundo Zurdo 2012 and we will be posting updates as we go along. For now, I will post the image, “Liminal incubation” by Adriana Garcia, that we have chosen to grace this year’s program book cover, t-shirt and poster.

Adriana García's image for El Mundo Zurdo 2012.

We also share the previous conference artwork; in 2010, Tejana artist now living in Idaho,  Alma Gómez’s image was chosen by the committee.

2010 Conference Poster