Past and Present Research Clusters

2016-17

covarrubias lab photo  The Cultural Transition to College
  Coordinator: Rebecca Covarrubias, Psychology

  This cluster aims to explore the college transition stories of first-generation college students, particularly from Latino/a backgrounds, as they navigate the cultural expectations of family and school. In reading, analyzing, and discussing collected interviews with first-generation college students at UCSC, our aim is to inform best practices for creating culture-relevant strategies, policies, and programs that support a growing population of students.

felix morean  Diasporic Dialectics in the Américas

  Coordinator: Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

  The research cluster on Diasporic Dialectics in the Américas showcases work on the political convulsions careening through the continent, that are often one of the driving forces behind hemispheric processes of migration and displacement. By focusing on political struggle, this research cluster seeks to highlight the tensions between diaspora, state power and social change in the Américas.

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  Latino Literary Cultures

  Coordinator: Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature

This interdisciplinary initiative studies and promotes creative writing centered upon Latina/o/x culture in the US: past, present, and future. The cluster is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of cultural latinidades; and in the ways that new forms of literacy are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media.

tatiane banned tv image  Latin American and Latina/o Visual Studies
  Coordinator: Jennifer González, History of Art and Visual Culture

 This cluster’s goal is to establish venues of dialogue between Latina/o/x art and Latin American artists, providing visibility to  local artists and opening a space for discussion on the relationships (and tensions) between these two "categories" in the art  field. Themes discussed in the events promoted by the cluster will include decolonization, diaspora and immigration, race, gender, sexuality, the body, indigeneity, political activism, environmental activism, technology, and performance art.

Claudia Lopez Flor and daughter talking  Non-citizenship: Spectrum of Belonging
  Coordinator: Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Chicano Latino Research Center Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

  This interdisciplinary initiative fosters intellectual engagement on the themes of migration, mobility, and (non)citizenship, unpacking and challenging formal conceptions of belonging that are often framed as binary, state-constructed categories of citizenship. Instead, we examine political membership as a spectrum of belonging, a framework that offers a more nuanced understanding of the different meanings of migrant, citizenship, and sovereignty, particularly in the current political context where borders create clear boundaries between those who are included as part of the nation and those who are perpetually excluded from it. 

Imagining Sexual Futures: Utopian Longing and Queer Futurity in the Americas
Coordinator: Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Feminist Studies

Rhythms of Resistance: Structural Violence and the Articulating of Latinidad in Hip Hop

Coordinators: Karina Hurtado Maldonado and Ismael Illescas, Doctoral Students, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster examines the contradictions in the commodification of Latin American and Latina/o hip hop in global capitalist circuits. We investigate the current relationship between cultural industries and transnational imaginaries, and how these shape new forms of engagement with notions of agency and structure, focusing on Latin American and Latino/a experience in the making of Latinidad

2015-16

Cluster.EDO.ThumbEducational Outcomes among Latino, Immigrant, and Disadvantaged Students

Coordinator:  Professor Robert Fairlie, Economics

The question of how to improve educational outcomes among Latino, immigrant, and disadvantaged students animates this interdisciplinary cluster.  By examining and discussing the growing body of data on grades, test scores, and graduation and retention rates, we seek to find ways to improve students' educational outcomes and to reduce inequality in our society.

Cluster.LLC.ThumbLatino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas

Coordinators:  Professor Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature, and Professor Cecilia M. Rivas, Latin American and Latino Studies

This interdisciplinary initiative of faculty and graduate students studies and promotes creative writing by and about US Latinas and Latinos, past and present.  Since 2006, it has brought students and scholars together with writers, translators, reviewers, and librarians through a major biennial conference, as well as smaller events on topics like Latinos and new media.  The Project is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of Latino culture; and in the ways that new forms of literacy in the digital age are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media.

Migration and Mobility

Coordinator:  Professor Catherine S. Ramírez, Latin American and Latino Studies

This interdisciplinary cluster brings together faculty and graduate students who study the movement (be it forced or restricted) of people and their incorporation, marginalization, or exclusion in society.  As we explore questions, concerns, and gaps in migration studies, we welcome perspectives on diverse groups, periods, and places, including north-south, south-south, transnational, and intraregional migration.  
 

CLRC logoPolitics of Forced Migration

Coordinator:  Professor Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster showcases research on migration by faculty and graduate students across departments and divisions as it seeks to push the conceptual boundaries of what counts as "politics" and what constitutes "forced" migration.




2014-15

Cluster.LLC.ThumbLatino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas

Coordinator:  Professor Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature

This interdisciplinary initiative of faculty and graduate students studies and promotes creative writing by and about US Latinas and Latinos, past and present.  Since 2006, it has brought students and scholars together with writers, translators, reviewers, and librarians through a major biennial conference, as well as smaller events on topics like Latinos and new media.  The Project is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of Latino culture; and in the ways that new forms of literacy in the digital age are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media. 

Migration and Mobility


Coordinator:  Professor Catherine S. Ramírez, Latin American and Latino Studies

This interdisciplinary cluster brings together faculty and graduate students who study the movement (be it forced or restricted) of people and their incorporation, marginalization, or exclusion in society.  As we explore questions, concerns, and gaps in migration studies, we welcome perspectives on diverse groups, periods, and places, including north-south, south-south, transnational, and intraregional migration.

CLRC logoPolitics of Forced Migration

Coordinator:  Professor Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster showcases research on migration by faculty and graduate students across departments and divisions as it seeks to push the conceptual boundaries of what counts as "politics" and what constitutes "forced" migration.


2013-14

Cluster.EDO.ThumbEducational Outcomes among Latino, Immigrant, and Disadvantaged Students

Coordinator:  Professor Robert Fairlie, Economics

The question of how to improve educational outcomes among Latino, immigrant, and disadvantaged students animates this interdisciplinary cluster.  By examining and discussing the growing body of data on grades, test scores, and graduation and retention rates, we seek to find ways to improve students' educational outcomes and to reduce inequality in our society.

Cluster.LLC.ThumbLatino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas

Coordinator:  Professor Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature

This interdisciplinary initiative of faculty and graduate students studies and promotes creative writing by and about US Latinas and Latinos, past and present.  Since 2006, it has brought students and scholars together with writers, translators, reviewers, and librarians through a major biennial conference, as well as smaller events on topics like Latinos and new media.  The Project is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of Latino culture; and in the ways that new forms of literacy in the digital age are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media.
 

CLRC logoPolitics of Forced Migration

Coordinator:  Professor Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster showcases research on migration by faculty and graduate students across departments and divisions as it seeks to push the conceptual boundaries of what counts as "politics" and what constitutes "forced" migration.