Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Rene Rocha, and Ariana Ruiz awarded 2020 Interdisciplinary Research Grant by Obermann Center for Advanced Studies for an Edited Book Project, Imagining Latinidades

December 11, 2019 - 9:15am

Group portrait of Ariana Ruiz, Darrel Wanzer-Serrano and Rene Rocha.
Ariana Ruiz, Darrel Wanzer-Serrano and Rene Rocha

Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging 

Congratulations to Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Rene Rocha,  and Ariana Ruiz for receiving a 2020 Interdisciplinary Research Grant for 2020. 

Imagining Latinidades is an edited book project born out of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded and Obermann Center–sponsored Sawyer Seminar of the same name. Bringing together scholarship by experts that was presented over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, this book project is rooted in an urgent concern for how Latina/o/x people are constructed by others and how they construct new imaginaries for themselves. Given the recent jolting shifts in discourse and public policy, the place of Latina/o/x people in the United States has never been more uncertain. By incorporating the scholarly work and personal insights of individuals in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, this project develops a far more nuanced understanding of how Latina/o/x peoples see themselves and how others see them.

The co-directors are interested in exploring the ways in which Latina/o/x people disrupt dominant and dominating articulations of nation/nationhood/belonging and how articulations of national belonging (particularly those that exclude Latina/o/x folks) puncture the social fabric in problematic ways. Over the course of the IDRG, they intend to finish drafting the introduction for the book and to begin drafting the proposal, which will be submitted to one or more university presses.

Directors: Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Rene Rocha, Ariana Ruiz