SSCS Speakers Series presents Claudio Lomnitz "On the origin of the so-called Mexican Race" November 5th, 5:30pm

4:08 PM

Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies 
Fall 2013 Speakers Series

Claudio Lomnitz
Campbell Family Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University
"On the origin of the so-called Mexican Race"
November 5th, 5:30 pm
Dekalb Hall 208 Seminar Room

Claudio Lomnitz
Born in Chile and brought up in Mexico City, Prof. Lomnitz is one of the most distinguished specialists in Mexican area studies in the United States. He has taught at History and Anthropology Departments in El Colegio de México, New York University, the University of Chicago, The New School and, currently, as the Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, where he has also served as Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Recently he completed a year’s residence in Berlin, under the invitation of the Wissenschaftskolleg.

His main books in English focus on nationalist ideologies and the relative position of the Mexican state from the point of view of rural populations, Exits from the Labyrinth: Culture and Ideology in the Mexican National Space; on a renewed view of the same issues of nationalism and people’s notions of their own government, expanded to also look at the view of the state in the work of certain Mexican intellectuals, Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism; and on the history of the Mexican concept of death from the 1500s to the present, in light of the crisis of Mexico’s “selfness” as it transitions into the late 20th Century and beyond, Death and the Idea of Mexico. His current research is on anarchist movements just prior to the time of the Mexican Revolution. In addition, he served for many years as Editor in Chief of the journal Public Culture, and has regularly published articles on Mexican culture and politics in La Jornada and Excélsior, two of the main newspapers in Mexico. He coauthored with his brother Alberto, El verdadero Bulnes, a historic drama about two of the key Mexican intellectuals of the late 1800s and their troubled relationship with the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz and with Mexico’s path of modernization without democracy. It won Best Play from the Mexican Drama Award. (Profile by Prof. Ivan Zatz-Diaz)

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