Exploring a genealogy of Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigena/o theorizations of self and collective identity, the course asks, what is the decolonial? Is it a space between the colonial and post-colonial? Is it a process, theorization, or a period? Is it a performance, intervention, or embodied experience? Positing a genealogy and trajectory through poetry, performance, installation, and visual art, the course examines decolonial modes of production in the twentieth century with attention to antecedents and twenty-first contemporary applications. By centering our study on the question of what is decolonial, we will consider several lenses and frameworks, including the textual, oral, and visual. Authors include Gloria Anzaldúa, Chela Sandoval, Luis Alfaro, Emma Pérez, José Saldívar, Rupert García, Juan Felipe Herrera, James Luna, Coco Fusco, as well as scholars concerned with the primary documents of twentieth century activism.
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