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On the Origins of the 'Mexican Race'

On the Origins of the 'Mexican Race'
170 St. George St. rm 100a
Time: Feb 28th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 28th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Sociology (FAS), Political Science, Latin American, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Diaspora/Transnational, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800
Lecture by Claudio Lomnitz, Columbia University

The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies is pleased to present:

Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

On the Origins of the "Mexican Race"

Claudio Lomnitz works on the history, politics and culture of Latin America, and particularly of Mexico. He received his PhD from Stanford in 1987, and his first book, Evolución de una sociedad rural (Mexico City, 1982) was a study of politics and cultural change in Tepoztlán, Mexico. After that he developed an interest in conceptualizing the nation-state as a kind of cultural region, a theme that culminated in Exits from the Labyrinth: Culture and Ideology in Mexican National Space (California, 1992). In that work, he also concentrated on the social work of intellectuals, a theme that he developed in various works on the history of public culture in Mexico, including Modernidad Indiana (Mexico City, 1999) and Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism (Minnesota, 2001). Around 10 years ago he began working on the historical anthropology of crisis and published Death and the Idea of Mexico (Zone Books, 2005), a political and cultural history of death in Mexico from the 16th to the 21st centuries.  He is currently finishing a book on anarchism, socialism and revolution in Mexico (c. 1910) that inspects the cultural and political history of transnationalism.


This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies.

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